An incredible start to the inaugural ADAC Formula 4 season saw Marvin Dienst take victory to go into the history books. The result gives him an early lead in the championship with 2 more races on Sunday.
“I’ve gone into the records as the first winner in the history of ADAC Formula 4 – it’s incredible.” An elated Dienst said. “I haven’t yet taken in the full significance of this win. That will only happen at some point in the future, or perhaps not until after several years have passed when someone asks me about it.”
Pole sitter, Janneau Esmeijer struggled on the get away, and Dienst said: “The car in front of me didn’t move at the start, and I had to react quickly. On the first corner, it was really tight, but luckily I emerged in the lead.” Dienst had to deal with Ralf Aron‘s Prema Powersport car behind on the restarts, with Dienst adding: “Due to the multiple deployment of the safety car, my lead was repeatedly cut back to nothing. At one stage, I almost ran out of ideas as to where I should best lead off the restart.”
Following him home was Aron, who said; “I’m ecstatic. I came to Oschersleben with no prior knowledge of this track and had to learn it during the free practice sessions. My team have done a great job and provided me with a fantastic car.” The 17 year old managed to score 18 points for the Prema team.
The podium was rounded out by Mattia Drudi, who managed to hold off the opposition to take third; “I’m very happy about finishing on the podium – I wasn’t expecting it after starting sixth.
“My car was fantastic and I would like to thank my team for that. At the start, I immediately won a position, and from then on, I was exerting pressure for the entire race” However; he did admit that he found it hard to keep Joel Eriksson at bay.
His podium is also good news for the Motopark team who also managed a fifth place with Michael Walderr, with the team at their local track.
The focus however, was on the van Amersfoort Racing driver; Mick Schumacher who managed ninth. “Of course, I’m pleased that I caught up – it didn’t occur to me at first that I was best rookie! After yesterday’s qualifying and my grid position, I’m really satisfied.”