Ferrari junior Enzo Fittipaldi wins Italian Formula 4 title

Ferrari junior Enzo Fittipaldi has clinched 2018 Italian Formula 4 title after seeing off Leonardo Lorandi in a tense finale at a drenched Mugello

Ferrari junior Enzo Fittipaldi wins Italian Formula 4 title

Fittipaldi's success means Prema drivers have won four of the five titles in the series' history, with three of those going to Ferrari Driver Academy racers - as Lance Stroll had won the inaugural trophy and Marcus Armstrong triumphed last year.

Having beaten Lorandi to victory by 0.028s in a photo-finish in the penultimate race, Fittipaldi headed into the finale two points off the championship lead.

But the Brazilian - grandson of two-time F1 champion Emerson and brother of Formula V8 3.5 champion Pietro - was slated to start on pole, with Lorandi all the way back on row five.

As the track had been soaked by rain, the race began under safety car, although cars were soon released into battle.

Fittipaldi, who has previously competed in Ginetta Junior in the UK, fought off initial attacks from Prema team-mates Gianluca Petecof and Olli Caldwell but had consolidated the lead by the time the safety car was back out for an off for Van Amersfoort Racing's Sebastian Estner.

The Brazilian then nailed the second restart and checked out from the pack, only for the race to be suspended once more as drivers began to struggle with standing water.

With the race running to time, the racers circulated behind the safety car before the event was cut short by a red flag, with Fittipaldi declared winner and Lorandi finishing fifth.

Fittipaldi's win - his seventh of the season - ensured he became champion in what was his second year in the category, as he'd outscored Lorandi overall and remained ahead once dropped scores were taken into account.

shares
comments
Ex-Formula 1 drivers Sato and Nakajima test new Super Formula car

Previous article

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Sato and Nakajima test new Super Formula car

Next article

Autosport Awards: International Racing Driver of the Year vote open

Autosport Awards: International Racing Driver of the Year vote open
Load comments

About this article

Series General
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020
Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool Plus

Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool

Although brake pressure and temperature logging is commonplace, measuring and understanding braking performance hasn't been so straightforward. But that's about to change following the introduction of a groundbreaking new sensor

General
Oct 1, 2020
The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise Plus

The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise

The Renault F1 team is at the vanguard of innovative solutions pushing development of the V6 turbo hybrid engine rules, embracing the full potential of material science in its bid to get back to the top

General
Sep 29, 2020