Weekend to forget and learn at Paul Ricard

Our only F4 race out of Spain has finished with results that have not met our expectations. In this round, we have been unable to step on the podium, our chances have been harmed by penalties and three of our cars are yet to score a point.

The first race of the weekend was held on Saturday. A crash at the start brought out a safety car that lasted for half the race. Our four drivers could continue after the incident, but Eloy López had to pit to repair damage on his front wing and lost a lap.

Lorenzo Fluxá was great on the restart and moved up to fifth place, where he would stay until the latest stage of the race until losing two positions to end up seventh. Suleiman Zanfari performed really good: he fought for the points for the entirety of the race and reached ninth place before eventually finishing twelfth. Álex García gained places through the race and achieved his best result of the season by being 15th.

Race 2 also saw Fluxá gaining positions since the start. The Majorcan driver gained up places and was fourth when a safety car was deployed due to an incident in which Zanfari was hit by another driver. Once the race was restarted, Fluxá moved up to third, where he would finish the race after showing great defensive skills on the last lap. Fluxá, however, was demoted to P15 after a post-race 10-second penalty that left us with no podium and no points.

García improved his result from Race 1 by finishing 14th, while López ended up in 17th position. Zanfari, after the contact, found himself last and unable to fight back because of an incident that was not his fault at all.

The final race started with Fluxá fighting again for the podium while Zanfari was close to score his first point. The Spaniard battled in a big group to end up the race in sixth place, while the Moroccan finished just one position behind the last scorer. García was 16th and López 19th.

We still have work to do in order to be where we want to be, but every round provides us with useful experience and takes us one step closer to our goals. Formula 4 will be back (and so will we) on September 19-20, at the Jerez – Ángel Nieto Circuit.