With only a day before the second weekend of the season kicks off at the Sachsenring. Drivers from the ADAC Formula 4 series look to find their feet after a mixed weekend for the expected front-runners.
In a slightly rearranged calendar from 2015, the Sachsenring will look to repeat its memorable performance last year in which, eventual champion Marvin Dienst dominated the proceedings to establish a gap and put pressure on his rivals for the remainder of the campaign.
After only one round, Joey Mawson leads the standings with a 19 point gap to the highly rated Mick Schumacher. A strong performance from the German at his favourite hunting ground saw him pick up his first win of the season in the reverse grid race, with Mawson settling for second.
The final race at Oschersleben was a tough affair for the US Racing pair of Kim-Luis Schramm and Jannes Fittje with the former hoping for a strong result at the only circuit he scored a podium last year. Thomas Preining, who collected the final podium place that event, moved up to fifth overall as result, slotting in behind the US Racing drivers.
“I’m satisfied with my results from Oschersleben, but I wouldn’t say that I’m happy.” said Sophia Flörsch, who goes into the Sachsenring weekend with only two days experience.
Unfortunately, we were hit by bad luck twice, but that’s just how motor racing is sometimes. Nevertheless, we showed that we’re very fast and can be contenders for top-five finishes, but there’s still a little bit of work to do to secure P1,”
“I really liked the track. It’s demanding and has a lot of fast white-knuckle turns. We’ve got nothing to lose, and I feel positive as the weekend approaches. Qualifying is very important, because there aren’t many opportunities to overtake.”
The qualifying race format will be kept for the remainder of the season with the drivers from 23rd down in the initial qualifying, being slotted onto the grid for a 20 minute shoot to decide the grid and the remaining 35 drivers.