R01 Red Bull Ring – ADAC F4 Race Report

It hasn’t been the easiest weekend for PREMA Powerteam, lining up at Red Bull Ring in the first event of the 2021 ADAC Formel 4 Championship. 
Sebastian Montoya captured another podium with P2 in race 1 and went close to a win despite a small mistake that he promptly and boldly recovered in Sunday’s race 3. The Colombian crossed the finish line in the lead but was penalized 5 seconds due to a jump start which led to P7. 
Russian Kirill Smal showcased an impressive performance. The 16-year-old took a brilliant third place in the race and then put up a clever drive on the older tyre looking forward to the reverse grid of race 3. Then in Race 3, he had a brilliant performance and seemed set for a win when he suffered contact with a contender (who was later penalized) in close-quarter combat.
Danish racer Conrad Laursen and fellow teammate Hamda Al Qubaisi faced their share of bad luck and attrition and came home without points. Laursen took a top-10 spot in qualifying, while the Emirati showed good pace and promise, and there will be more on the table for her in the following races. 
“I think this weekend was very good, but a few mistakes saw our first win of the season slip out of our hands with a late safety car in race 3. Qualifying was very good with a double P3, but we were unlucky as the final 5 minutes of the session didn’t count! We still managed to walk away with a podium and our heads up high after crossing the line P1 in the last race of the weekend.”
Qualifying 1: P3
Qualifying 2: P5
Starting Grid Race 1: P3
Starting Grid Race 2: P5
Starting Grid Race 3: P2
Fastest lap: 1’31″449
Fastest lap: 1’31″798
Race 1: P2
Race 2: P7
Race 3: P7
“The weekend overall was quite difficult, as we struggled a little bit with the pace in FP and qualifying. Then for race one, we finally found a good pace. For race 2 we knew we would be slow because we had older tires, so our strategy was to be in top-8 for the reverse grid and we basically did that. In race 3, we were looking good for a recovery, and we were really quick. In addition, two guys in front of me had 5-second penalties, but when I tried to move on for P2, the driver decided to finish my race and his as well. Nothing to say, it’s racing, but we were fast and it’s a good point for future races here.”
Qualifying 1: P7
Qualifying 2: P11
Starting Grid Race 1: P7
Starting Grid Race 2: P11
Starting Grid Race 3: P3
Fastest lap: 1’31″390
Fastest lap: 1’32″102
Race 1: P3
Race 2: P6
Race 3: DNF
“The weekend was filled with mistakes on my side which I learned from, and it was actually a good weekend for learning. The results weren’t there, but I know we can improve, and we just have to keep working, making myself gain a little more experience in the car to take better decisions and improve my driving. That will eventually lead to good results. “
Qualifying 1: P12
Qualifying 2: P10
Starting Grid Race 1: P12
Starting Grid Race 2: P10
Starting Grid Race 3: PX
Fastest lap: 1’32″209
Fastest lap: 1’32″044
Race 1: P13
Race 2: P17
Race 3: P17
“The first round of the ADAC Formel 4 championship at Red Bull Ring didn’t really go as planned. A mistake in qualifying cost me quite a lot, making it difficult during the races, I think the pace was there, but still, there is definitely a lot of work to do on my side and I’ll take this weekend as a learning experience for my upcoming races.”
Qualifying 1: P19
Qualifying 2: P14
Starting Grid Race 1: P19
Starting Grid Race 2: P14
Starting Grid Race 3: P24
Fastest lap: 1’32″296
Fastest lap: 1’32″242
Race 1: P22
Race 2: DNF
Race 3: DNF
Source | Photo: PREMA Racing
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