Kiwi racing sensation Marcus Armstrong returns to the FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship this weekend at Mugello, ready to defend his current championship lead and with a strong of wins and podium finishes across the Italian and German Championships already on the board.
After three challenging rounds, the Italian Formula 4 Championship rolls into Mugello with hot summer weather expected to challenge the 32-strong grid.
Armstrong’s Prema team will run four cars this weekend for leader Armstrong, Juri Vips, Juan Manuel Correa and Enzo Fittipaldi. The four-strong pack already left a good impression in the one-day collective test held earlier this week. Prema currently leads both Italian and German championships and is the defending champion in the German championship.
“Coming off a win last weekend I know the competition will be fierce at Mugello but I’m ready. We went well in testing and I really enjoy this circuit.”
Prema team principal Angelo Rosin says running four cars at Mugello is an exciting proposition for the team.
“We are delighted to be back to the Italian Formula 4 Championship with our complete line-up to measure the good potential expressed by all our drivers so far this season. We are leading both the Italian and the German series with Armstrong and Vips respectively while, making his full-time single seater debut, Fittipaldi is quickly learning how to battle in this really competitive environment. We also expect a good showing from Correa, who hasn’t been lucky so far but will be back on a racetrack that saw him cruise to victory last year.”
Weekend Timetable (all times Italian, New Zealand Standard Time is ten hours ahead)
Friday, July 14th
9:50 – Practice 1
13:00 – Practice 2
18:30 – Qualifying
Saturday, July 15th
15:05 – Race 1
Sunday, July 16th
9:00 – Race 2
16:20 – Race 3