It was another strong weekend for the Prema Powerteam in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship. A win and two podiums ensured Prema were a feature in all three race, as Marcus Armstrong closed the gap on teammate and series leader Juri Vips.
Armstrong struggled to make an impact in the first two events, but his second win of the season in race one along with a second place in race two, put the Kiwi on a five race win streak.
Armstrong “[It was a] Good weekend in Oschersleben. We felt quite comfortable from the beginning as we were quickest in Free practice.
“In qualifying I felt that I did a good job and also the car felt good but we only managed third. Race 1 went to plan, we took the lead on the opening lap and won the race.
The opening race saw polesitter Kami Laliberte stall on the line and with Armstrong soon disposing of Jonathan Aberdein, raced off as championship rival Felipe Drugovich got stuck behind the South African in third.
“Race 2 we finished second and in the reverse grid race we collected good points with sixth. Overall we won the weekend, so it’s good that we are always improving.”
Armstrong scored more points than any driver that weekend and sits just two points behind second place Drugovich and nine points ahead of series leader Vips.
As for the other Prema driver, a single podium in race three did see Vips temporarily lose the championship lead to Drugovich (and the honour of half-time champion.) Despite this the Estonian maintained his record of finishing within the top six.
Vips: “Overall it was a weekend to move on from. We didn’t qualify well which was extremely important on this track and cost us some good results. Anyway, we still kept the championship lead though.”
The third Prema driver, Juan Manuel Correa, struggled, picking up 12 points all weekend. He lies eighth in the overall standings.