Mick Schumacher lead from start to finish in another Italian F4 race that hardly seemed to get going. Soggy conditions meant the race started under safety car, while a further two incidents, soon after the restarts, meant that the safety vehicle came out a further two times before the eventual red flag.
The 28 minute race was cut slightly short thanks to the rain, with the first three laps being run under the safety car. This didn’t go as planned for second placed Diego Bertonelli as he was quickly put under investigation for his start procedure.
When the race finally got going, the action was mostly in the midfield as the top eight drivers maintained their ground. Schumacher and Bertonelli eventually broke away as third place Marcos Siebert found himself falling back, with Ye Yifei further behind.
Ye was clearly struggling as he found himself under pressure from impressive rookie; Lorenzo Colombo. He was given a slightly reprieve though, as an incident between three drivers at the back brought out the safety car.
At the restart, pressure on Raul Guzman saw him run wide, losing places to Job van Uitert and Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco. Van Uitert wasn’t prepared to settle for sixth, as he rocketed past the now helpless Colombo and eventually Ye to move into the top four. The final pass saw Colombo regain sixth from Guzman who’d used the chaos to work his way back through.
The safety car was called that lap as Giuliano Raucci got caught up in the battle for fifteenth, being forced to retire, along with Simone Cunati. Both would have been hoping for better weekends as they knew they’d struggle in the final race of the day.
With the Safety Car unable to come in before time ran out, a red flag was thrown. This left Schumacher with his third victory of the season and a vital 25 points in the championship. Second place was less certain though, with Bertonelli having never served his drive through for a start infringement, he was given a time penalty, pushing him out the points.
This promoted Siebert and van Uitert onto the podium. While fourth was Ye, who went on to collect the fastest lap of the race ahead of Colombo and Guzman. DeFrancesco rounded out the top eight of a hectic second Italian F4 race.