Italian F4 Championship, Rd.2, Misano, 18/19 May 2019
Jonny was a man on a mission at Misano when he took part in Round 2 of the highly competitive Italian F4 Championships. In doing so, he overcame a catalogue of difficulties that had plagued him throughout Saturday.
During the couple of free practice sessions on Friday he was looking very pacey and could look forward to the weekend ahead with some confidence. However, Saturday’s track conditions were altogether different, with heavy rain turning the circuit very slippery. Along with his fellow Jenzer Motorsport team-mates, he struggled to find an appropriate set-up in Timed Qualifying.
“Things didn’t go our way at all on Saturday,” Jonny confessed. ”We couldn’t seem to find the correct tyre pressures on a very wet circuit and it badly affected my performance. I could do no better than finish 25th in Saturday’s Timed Qualifying and the race later that afternoon wasn’t really any better, as I came home 19th.”
Jonny knew that he had to pull out all the stops on Sunday morning. From grid 25, he made an excellent start and had climbed to P17 after just one lap. After that, he was stuck in traffic, but was still able to gradually pick up places. When the chequered flag fell, he had moved up to 10th, an excellent result under difficult circumstances. Race 3 was abandoned because of severe weather conditions.
“On my way to 10th position, I recorded the 5th fastest time of this race, so we’ll be going to the next round 3 in Budapest hoping for much better results,” said Jonny. “Had it not been for getting held up along the way, I’m confident that a higher place than 10th was within my grasp at Misano. I think that the pace is definitely there just so long as we can get the set-up right.”
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