Pre-season testing is over. We now wait for the first race!

Following 2 intensive days testing at both Vallelunga and Mugello we are now taking a break from the track until the championship kicks off on the first weekend of May at Vallelunga.

Considering both tests, it’s likely that the majority of competitors in the Italian F.4 championship made an appearance. This gave us at Torino Squadra Corse  an important opportunity to evaluate where we stand in terms of outright speed.  Its fair to say the outcome

Alex's auntie and uncle visiting him at Mugello
Alex’s auntie and uncle visiting him at Mugello
Intensive discussions between Alex and Engineer Ruggero
Intensive discussions between Alex and Engineer Ruggero
A series of photos from when Alex firsted visited Mugello at the age of 6 until today. The journey continues.....
A series of photos from when Alex firsted visited Mugello at the age of 6 until today. The journey continues…..

was very positive but of course we will have to wait until the first event to get a true indication of where the team stand against the competition.

At both tracks Alex managed to set times in the top 4 with many drivers setting times within a few tenths of each other. It’s definitely going to be a very competitive and tough championship.

The test at Mugello also marked an important return to the track where Alex’s passion for motorsport  came of age in 2006, at the age of 6, when he was a spectator at a world endurance championship event. The event convinced Alex that racing would be his future!

First half of pre-season testing complete

Four out of the eight days of planned testing before the season opener at Vallelunga are now complete.

The first 2 days were spent  at Franciacorta and Adria, both are tracks with rounds of the championship in 2015. Alex used these days to learn the track with his engineer and to re-accustom himself to the car after 3 months of non activity.

There was no reference data for Franciacorta given there have not been F4 races there before, however times clocked at Adria were very encouraging and suggest there’s a very solid base to work with this year. These 2 days also cemented the strong working relationship and understanding developing between Alex and engineer Ruggero – plenty of hard work but also many jokes and laughs along the way! After Adria it was off to Monza.

After arriving at Monza on the 1st April and taking in the magical atmosphere it was straight into the first session at 9am. This was always going to be an important day as it was the the first comparison with the 3 drivers of the Prema Power team. They are an outstanding  team with many championship wins and they are without doubt the benchmark in F4 and F3 both in results and professionalism. They are also considered the Ferrari ‘Junior Team’ given they host drivers going through the Ferrari Driver Academy.

The outcome was that Alex was immediately on the pace from the first session  and was exchanging fastest laps with them all day. Alex finished the day 3rd fastest out of 8 drivers present. On the second day his best time came down by 8 tenths and was again 3rd fastest, splitting the Prema team drivers.

It’s a good start to pre-season testing that we hope continues into Vallelunga on the 7th and 8th of April followed by

Entry to Variante Ascari
Entry to Variante Ascari
Exit Variante Ascari
Exit Variante Ascari
Detailed discussions with car engineer Ruggero
Detailed discussions with car engineer Ruggero
Last minute information exchange
Last minute information exchange

Mugello on the 14th and 15th.