Marcos Siebert ended Saturday with a 35 point lead in the championship as he won his third Italian F4 race of the season at Imola. The Argentine, who had started on pole, was able to make a clean get away and held on despite the double Safety Car period.
The unique triple qualifying-race system was scrapped for this weekend with the organisers choosing the more traditional single qualifying followed by three full grid races. The move was done as a lack of entries neglected the need for a knockout system.
Siebert was quick off the line as he maintained his lead up the hill. Behind him Mick Schumacher made a lightining start to move up into second from fourth, demoting Siebert’s Jenzer Motorsport team mates. The two kept themselves close for the remainder of the race with Siebert taking the honours.
The race was shorter than expected though, as a crash between Diego Ciantini and Lorenzo Colombo brought out the red flags. The race was classified after a lap was counted back, thus meaning the two drivers involved were classified fourth and fifth respectively.
This meant that Colombo collected the rookie victory as Job van Uitert rounded out the podium. The race was van Uitert’s first since his weekend away as he looks to keep his title hopes alive. The top six was completed by Ye Yifei was hoping to keep up his momentum after a double podium in Adria.