Mercedes F1 Junior Antonelli dominates in F4 for Italy

The Mercedes F1 Junior was on pole position after his victory in the qualifying race on Saturday and immediately pulled away from the start.

Dario Cabanelas was slow from the second row and was challenged by Pedro Clerot and Bruno Del Pino Ventos on the run to Turn 1, but contact with Clerot saw the Swiss driver fail immediately with right rear suspension failure and his car spinning several times Pirouettes before he came to a halt.

UAE F4 Champion Charlie Wurz, who retired in the qualifying race after a contact with Germany’s Valentin Kluss on the first lap, made up 12 positions on the first lap from 24th on the grid, although the Austrian went off the track and almost would have come into contact with another car when rejoining.

After a brief safety car period to retrieve Cabanelas’ car, Antonelli pulled away again and controlled the rest of the 30-minute competition to win by 6.902s 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 claimed bronze for Spain despite late pressure from Danish F4 champion Julius Dinesen.

Clerot was fourth early before being challenged by Dinesen, who was edged wide by the Brazilian before completing the move to Signes, followed by Lorens Lecertua in fifth where the Belgian stayed until the end.

#23 Belgium: Lorens Lecertua, Formula 4

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Wurz continued to gain ground during a frenetic battle within the top 10 to finish sixth ahead of Clerot, who was inspected at the finish for exceeding the course restrictions.

Kluss also climbed through the order, finishing eighth ahead of Ukraine’s Oleksandr Partyshev and Panama’s Valentino Mini.

Michael Shin of Korea Republic was involved in the battle for fourth place in the early stages but eventually fell out of the rankings after damaging his front wing.

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