On May 4-5, the first round of the new season of the Italian Formula 4 Championship is taking place on the Vallelunga track in Italy.Mikhael Belov, the driver of the SMP Racing Junior program, came second in the first race of the weekend.
In two qualifying sessions on Saturday morning, the Russian took third and eleventh results, respectively. The first race started in the evening of the same day. Belov managed to move up one position higher before the rain started and the safety car appeared on the track. After the restart, Mikhael saved his position and finished second, being 0.624 seconds away from the leader.
“The race went well, although there were only five laps without the safety car because of the rain”, Mikhael Belov commented. “I had a good start and even almost overtook the leader, but, unfortunately, I did not have enough space in the fourth turn to make a move. Then the rest of the distance we had to drive behind the safety car, so we kept our positions. Even despite such difficult weather conditions, our pace was high, the car had good settings. Tomorrow I will start the morning race from 11th place. Most likely on Sunday it will also rain, so let's see what the race is going to be. Of course, I hope to achieve great results.”
On Sunday (May 5) there will be two more races of the weekend: the first starts at 11:10, and the second at 18:15 Moscow time.