Prema Theodore Racing got the new 2017 season off to a near-perfect start with a multitude of podiums and points in the season opening round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship.
Round 1 of the championship got underway in Misano where the team’s star driver line-up shone throughout the weekend’s three races with two podium finishes and two rookie victories.
Estonian racer Juri Vips proved highly competitive with a third-place finish in Race 1. He narrowly missed out on a second podium finishing fourth in Race 2 before contact with another car in Race 3 ended his chances of fighting for victory.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Marcus Armstrong put in a strong performance on his series debut. The rookie F4 driver from New Zealand finished fifth in Race 1 before claiming second place and a maiden podium finish in Race 2. Like Vips, he suffered contact in Race 3 which eliminated his chances of a second podium.
Fellow Ferrari Driver Academy racer Enzo Fittipaldi enjoyed a spectacular debut F4 weekend. The Brazilian, grandson of 2-time F1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, took home two rookie wins as well as a stunning top-5 overall result in Race 3.
American Juan Manuel Correa had a tough start to 2017 with a retirement in Race 1 due to contact with another car. The 2016 F4 race-winner rebounded with a strong top-10 finish in Race 2 before having to pit for a new wing in Race 3, finishing in P20.
# 9 – Marcus Armstrong
“Not the way I intended to start my Italian championship, but with one podium I am still quite happy. We had an incident in the last race which has made us all displeased but we have set a good grounding for the rest of the series”.
# 44 – Jüri Vips
“Generally it has been a difficult weekend but we still managed to end up with some decent results in Races 1 and 2. It was a bit of a shame about Race 3 but this happens in motorsports. I’m already looking forward to Oschersleben”
# 68 – Juan Manuel Correa
“The pace seemed to be good throughout the two free practices, but qualifying didn’t go as we expected. We were clearly out of position considering our pace in the races, and sadly that cost us throughout all three of them. Overall it still was a weekend full of useful experience and good practice before the start of the German Championship.”
# 74 – Enzo Fittipaldi
“This weekend was good. We were very strong in qualifying sessions putting us in very solid positions for the three races (P4,P6,P6). The three races were very positive but I was having poor starts which would cause me to lose some positions in the beginning but then I would work my way back up finishing P11 (Race 1), P8 (Race 2), and P5 (Race 3). It was a positive week for us and a good way to start out the championship, I am really looking forward to the next round at Adria.”