Joey Mawson Wins as Schumacher’s Penalised for Hitting Rival


ADAC Formel 4 - 6. Event 2016 - Nürburgring, GER - Foto: Gruppe C

Van Amersfoort Racing driver Joey Mawson took his seventh win of the ADAC Formula 4 season. The Australian was hit by Mick Schumacher on the second lap, retaking the lead when the German took his drive through penalty.

As the lights went out, Mawson immediately moved over on second place Mike Ortmann allowing Schumacher around the outside. Behind them, the field made it through the first corner safely.

There was all change for third going into the final corner. Ortmann was tagged by Juan Manuel Correa causing chaos behind. Both jumped the final chicane as Ortmann lost his front wing and was forced into the pits.

It wasn’t much better at the front though. Schumacher, determined not to lose more ground made the move on Mawson through turn three. Not a traditional passing place, Schumacher locked up and tapped his rival forcing the 20 year old off track.

Schumacher inheritted the lead, but was given a drive through penalty for his actions. The German chose to wait a lap and scurried into the pits just as a safety car was called. With a green flag at the end of the pit lane, he didn’t lose as many positions, coming out in twenty-third.

As the safety car came in, Mawson lead from Juri Vips and Nicklas Neilsen. The Australian immediately broke away as the midfield continued their usual battles. Further back, Schumacher used the bunched up grid to easily make up positions.

Despite being the quickest driver on track, Schumacher found it difficult to get past Sophia Floersch. The two found themselves at the back of a large queue, headed by Cedric Piro, unable to gain ground.

Further back, miscommunication between Moritz Muller-Crepon and Simo Laaksonen saw the two collide at the entrance to the pitlane. Laaksonen later pulled in to retire.

Schumacher continued to be stuck behind Floersch, but the two were slowly scything their way through the field. Sadly it wasn’t enough and the Prema Powerteam driver crossed the line in fifteenth.

Mawson gained a comfortable victory from Vips, who closed in on the final lap. Neilsen held on third with Correa and Richard Verschoor rounding out the top five. After a fairly quiet weekend, Felipe Drugovich recovered to sixth place from Thomas Preining.

The Austrian will have mixed feelings after a poor result where his rivals finished behind him, Kim-Luis Schramm completed the top eight.