Van Uitert Makes it Double to Extend Imola Infallibility

by Connor Jackson

A second win in two races cemented a golden weekend for Job van Uitert. The Jenzer Motorsport driver stayed out of trouble on the opening lap, of the second Italian F4 race, to eventually scythe into the lead from fifth.

Championship leader Marcos Siebert started on pole, with closest rival Mick Schumacher alongside him, it was set up to be an enticing encounter. Sadly for many of the punters, Schumacher’s race was cut short as he was spun in the first corner.

Siebert though was not about to run away with the race. He had run wide into turn one and was down to second on the first lap. Diego Bertonelli, who had started fifth leaped up to the lead, though was later punished for a jump start.

Bertonelli tried to hang on for as long as possible and led for the first six laps before being forced to pit. The same penalty had crippled Schumacher in race one with Siebert also losing his points because of the stewards decision.

With the Italian out of the picture, Siebert took the lead once again, soon coming under pressure from team-mate van Uitert. The race one winner had been on form at Imola and made up for a poor start by taking the lead on lap ten after a brief safety car.

Another driver who had spent the race fighting up the order was Lorenzo Colombo. The rookie had started seventh and was soon into the top five despite a poor start. After the short safety car he was up to third and followed van Uitert through to pull away.

As the flag dropped, van Uitert took his second win of the weekend with Colombo, as top rookie, in second. Siebert would round out the podium after a difficult race, though will be pleased to have extended his lead after Schumacher’s retirement.

Rounding out the rookie podium in fourth and fifth overall was Juan Manuel Correa and Italian Simone Cunati. Both kept out of trouble and benefited in the opening laps while Artem Petrov managed to round out the top six.

Raul Guzman and Marino Sato spend the entire second half at the back of the points queue, stuck in seventh and eighth. The result allows Guzman to regain some ground on Schumacher in what was a disappointing weekend for the Mexican.

Marcos Siebert (#18) runs wide into turn one, as Mick Schumacher is hit and spun by Diego Bertonelli (#9) (Credit: ACI Sports)

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