Mercedes F1 junior Antonelli dominates in F4 for Italy
The Mercedes F1 junior lined up on pole after winning Saturday’s qualifying race and immediately got clear at the start.
Dario Cabanelas was slow away from the second row was challenged on the run into Turn 1 by Pedro Clerot and Bruno Del Pino Ventos, but contact with Clerot put the Swiss driver immediately out with damage to the right rear suspension, his car pirouetting several times before coming to a stop.
United Arab Emirates F4 champion Charlie Wurz, who retired in the qualifying race after first-lap contact with German Valentin Kluss, moved up 12 positions on the first lap from 24th on the grid, despite the Austrian leaving the track and almost making contact with another car. as he joined.
After a brief safety car period to recover Cabanelas’ car, Antonelli pulled clear again, controlling the rest of the 30-minute contest to win by 6.902 seconds and give Italy their third gold medal of the games. .
Portugal’s Manuel Espirito Santo was second throughout, finishing 4.6 seconds ahead of Bruno Del Pino Ventos, who won bronze for Spain despite late pressure from Danish F4 champion Julius Dinesen.
Clerot raced fourth at the start before being challenged by Dinesen, who was pressed by the Brazilian before completing the move to Signes, with Lorens Lecertua following him up to fifth, where the Belgian rider remained until the arrival.
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Wurz regained ground in a frantic battle in the top 10, coming back to sixth ahead of Clerot, who was indicted at the finish for going over the track limits.
Kluss also rose through the ranks to finish eighth ahead of Ukraine’s Oleksandr Partyshev and Panama’s Valentino Mini.
Korea Republic’s Michael Shin was involved in the battle for fourth place early on but eventually crashed after damaging his front wing.