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Enzo Fittipaldi will be back under the Prema banner for the second straight season in 2018.

The 16-year-old Brazilian will take full advantage of his 2017 experience in the Italian Formula 4 Championship and will approach his second year in the category with a more complex program including the Italian and the German championship.
It won’t be his first time in the ADAC-promoted series for Fittipaldi as he already made an extremely positive debut last year at Nurburgring with a podium finish overall.

In the ACI series, his main 2017 commitment, he grabbed several points finishes overall and put up a brilliant performance in the rookie competition, with two wins achieved en-route to a second place in points.
For him, 2018 will feature a challenging program aimed at making another positive step while remaining under the guidance of the Ferrari Driver Academy.

“We are proud to welcome Enzo back for another year together. He was brilliant in how he faced his first steps in full-time open-wheel racing, and his results were really positive too." Said team manager  
Grazia Troncon

"It will be absolutely interesting to see him line-up for such a busy season and we are sure that, continuing the same progression of 2017, he will become a top contender, highlighting the work done with the team and the Ferrari Driver Academy.”
Fittipaldi added: ""I am very excited for the new season and I am really happy to be working again with a top team like Prema."

"Last year was a positive one and I am really confident that this year will be one to remember! Really looking forward to the start of the season!"

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At the home of the Fomula 1 British Grand Prix, Lebanon’s Karl Massaad enjoyed one of his most consistent weekends of the year as the British F4 went to Silverstone.

On a shorter layout than that used by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel earlier in the year, Karl still enjoyed some of the great corners including the high-speed Copse and the technical Brooklands and Luffield section.

The weekend began in mixed conditions on Friday with a dry morning and wet afternoon providing the chance for Massaad to gain some more experience.

11th and 8th in the two sessions certainly provided a good platform from which to move forward when the action got serious at Saturday.

And move forward the birthday boy as the newly turned 19-year-old talent took seventh on the grid for Race 1 later that day, the highest of the Double R Racing drivers.

Sadly a few errors, some storming recoveries and the lottery of a late rain storm all conspired against Massaad as he dropped just outside the points in 11th but was eager to make up for it on Sunday.

And that he would do in Race 2 producing a number of excellent overtakes in tricky conditions and running at a strong pace just shy of those at the front.

The payback for his hard work would be a gain of five places to claim sixth and more points for the Beirut-born racer.

Race 3 saw the second best times from qualifying form the grid as Karl lined up ninth with the aim of one more strong race to complete the weekend.

Despite a few hairy moments early, he was soon back on the overtaking trail moving up the order to as high as sixth once again. Unfortunately he would lose out to his charging teammate Lindus Lundqvist towards the end but still seventh place wrapped up a consistent and fun day’s racing.

“I learnt a lot from this weekend,” Karl commented later. “The weather was so variable it made the conditions difficult at times, especially on slicks in the heavy rain in Race 2!

“But I’m quite happy with how I coped with that and then today I really enjoyed the chance to pass plenty of cars and gain some good positions in both races.

“After the incidents at Rockingham, it was also good to have a clean weekend with no problems but the small errors from Race 1 were still frustrating.

“Time to end the year where it began at Brands Hatch. I’ll be going back there with more experience and more knowledge. Let’s end the season on a high!”

The final three races of Karl’s first season in British F4 will take place on the high-speed Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch on the weekend of Sept 29 – Oct 1.

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Seven race weekends under banner of ADAC GT Masters/DTM and One leg of campaign to take place at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.

The calendar for the fourth season of the ADAC Formula 4 has now been finalised. Seven meetings, featuring 21 races in all, will be staged under the banner of the ADAC GT Masters and the DTM. The juniors will race five times within the context of the ADAC GT Masters and twice as part of the DTM.

The season will kick off on the weekend of 13th - 15th April at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben where official pre-season testing will also take place from 26th - 28th March. Once again in 2018, SPORT1 free-to-air TV station will broadcast all ADAC Formula 4 races on television.

After the start of the season in Oschersleben, the ADAC high-speed academy will head to the Hockenheimring for the opening round of the DTM season (4th - 6th May) and then to the Lausitzring (18th - 20th May) where they will again race alongside the DTM.

This will be followed by the meeting in Austria from 8th - 10th June at the Red Bull Ring. Races 13, 14 and 15 will take place at the Nürburgring from 3rd - 5th August on the first weekend in August.

The penultimate meeting of the season will be staged at the Sachsenring (7th - 9th September) before drivers and teams head off to the Hockenheimring for the traditional grand finale (21st - 23rd September) where the successor to last season’s ADAC Formula 4 championship winner, Juri Vips (17, Estonia, Prema Powerteam), will be crowned.

Calendar for the 2018 ADAC Formula 4

13/04/18 –15/04/18 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
04/05/18 –06/05/18 Hockenheimring (with DTM)
18/05/18 –20/05/18 Lausitzring (with DTM)
08/06/18 –10/06/18 Red Bull Ring Spielberg/AUT
03/08/18 –05/08/18 Nürburgring
07/09/18 –09/09/18 Sachsenring
21/09/18 –23/09/18 Hockenheimring

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Oscar Piastri was once again back at the front in the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost meeting at Silverstone.

The 16-year-old Aussie single-seater ace dominated qualifying, recording his third double pole of the season by a staggering 0.2s and 0.4s on the short Silverstone National circuit layout.

He then went on to take the HP Tuners backed Arden Motorsport car to podium positions in every race, including another lights to flag win in Sunday’s feature race, bringing his tally to 6 wins and 15 podiums for the season.

“It was great to get back to the front again after the nightmare of Rockingham. The car, the engine and the team performed flawlessly”, said Piastri.

“Race one didn’t quite go to plan as there was some confusion about being allowed to do burnouts to heat the rear tyres on the formation lap. Being the pole man, I thought I followed the briefing instructions correctly and my rear tyres were very cold on the line which gave me a lot of wheelspin. I lost one place in the opening lap and was under a lot of pressure until my tyres came up to temperature.

“When the rain came in the last couple of laps, Jamie Caroline sent it up the inside and spun right in front of me which let York through into second place. I still managed P3 which was less than I wanted, but a podium nonetheless.”

The reverse grid race saw Piastri start in P6 and gain three places to finish on the podium again in third after working through some traffic and avoiding an incident.

“The reverse grid races are tough. The front two rows always put their new tyres on giving them a speed advantage for most of the race. Also, there’s usually a higher risk of contact amongst out of position cars in the first few laps and you need to be careful where you position the car.”

Sundays feature race was all Piastri, starting from pole and driving away from the rest of the field to win by almost 4 seconds.

“Race three was perfect. I got a great start and got into a rhythm early. I didn’t really feel challenged at all by Jamie so I was able to build a gap and keep pulling away during the whole race. The car speed is a real credit to the team, the close analysis of the data and video, and the work we’ve done in testing during the year.”

“I’ve outscored Jamie at every round since Oulton Park, except for Rockingham, so I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made in my first real season in cars and on these tracks I’ve never raced on before. We’re all really happy that we will take the fight to the last round of the championship at Brands Hatch GP.”