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By Jacopo Rubino

Two rounds are already in the books for the third edition of the Italian

Formula 4 Championship. The progenitor of all the modern F.4

championship, started in 2014 and featuring the well-appreciated

Abarth-powered Tatuus racecars, set a new record with 41 entries on-

track at Misano. The increase in car counts was expected since last

winter, forcing the promoters to adapt the format in order to meet the


A kart-like format

to develop the drivers’ skills

Qualifying are now held in two 20-minute groups. According to the

laptimes, the pack is split in three groups (A, B and C) that line-up for

the three eliminatory heats. Every driver runs in two of them, and the

total amount of points set the field for Sunday afternoon’s feature race

which includes all the cars. The new system, inspired by kart racing,

made the driver experience even more demanding and challenging. A

driver must race smart not to jeopardize the entire weekend with a

single mistake. Also, the tire management throughout the whole

weekend has become crucial. And that’s the reason why the results

must be never taken for granted.

Schumacher, Siebert

trade the championship lead

The opening round of the 2016 series was held at Misano, captivating the

attention of media from all over the world. The presence on-track of Mick

Schumacher was the magnet and catalyst. The young German, at his second

Formula 4 season after racing only in Germany last year, decided to join

forces with the reigning champions of Prema. The son of the great Michael

Schumacher performed up to the expectations, cruising to two wins in race 1

and 2 before delivering a stunning recovery in the feature run. Schumacher

was leading the championship, but Prema decided to jump the second

round at Adria due to logistic concerns. His chances are still intact though,

as the new rules enable the drivers to drop the 5 worst results. The new

series leader is Marcos Siebert, with 103 points. The Jenzer Motorsport

Argentinean scored one pole and two wins in 2016, and has turned his

consistency into a powerful weapon.

Guzman, the surprise

Baiz, the king of Adria

The main surprise came from Mexican Raul Guzman, fielded by DR

Formula, who delivered great performance and spectacular moves. Guzman

scored two wins and without his race 2 retirement at Adria, while he was

fighting for the lead, he could have been on top in standings. The round in

Veneto showcased the chances of Mauricio Baiz, who cruised to victory in

the opening heat and in the feature race with the Mucke Motorsport team.

Cunati, the best rookie

and the best Italian so far

The Italian contingent, featuring eight drivers this season, has found its

leader in Simone Cunati. The Como-based racer, lined-up by VSR, has

often been a feature at the front, but probably got less good results than

deserved despite the two overall podiums achieved. He is leading the

rookie competition though, followed by BVM Indian contender Kush