UAE: Championship title goes to wire next weekend in F4 finale at Dubai Autodrome between Weerts and Schumacher

UAE: Championship title goes to wire next weekend in F4 finale at Dubai Autodrome between Weerts and Schumacher

Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 25, 2018 – Two new race winners were crowned at Round 5 of the 2017/18 F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth, as both Dragon Motopark F4’s Amaury Cordeel and BWT Mücke Motorsport’s William Alatalo scored their first career open-wheeler victories at Yas Marina Circuit last weekend (February 23-24).

With nine different drivers adoring the top step of the podium this season so far, the championship fight will also go down to the grand finale this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome, where Dragon Motopark F4’s Charles Weerts (#88) and Rasgaira Motorsports/US Racing’s David Schumacher (#27) are just 13-points apart in the championship standings.

“To have the F4UAE title being decided in Dubai between two very fast and committed drivers will be very exciting for the championship,” said Mohamed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, Chairman of the Emirates Motor Sport Federation and FIA Vice President for Sport.

“It has been an exciting season with so many different young race winners getting their first taste of victory here in the Middle East, and many international teams joining us to help the championship to grow. Congratulations to all the drivers who have won so far and we wish everyone a successful event in Dubai at the final round.”

Despite a condensed field of eight international drivers for the penultimate round of the season, the first race of the weekend was won by a now four-time winner Weerts, then Cordeel for Race 2, followed by a double-victory by Alatalo in the last two 30-minute races.

QUALIFYING SUMMARY 
For the final time this season, the 5.55km GP configuration of Yas Marina Circuit and its support starting grid and paddock were in play.

Tom Beckhäuser (#95) made a team switch from CRAM Motorsport to US Racing for the final two rounds, a move deemed positive with more time being found and progression towards the faster end of pitlane during early practice and testing.

However, 16-year-old David Schumacher was unbeatable again, topping the official qualifying session for the third time in his four round starts with a time of 12m11.525 seconds.

RACING SUMMARY
Schumacher and Weerts got off the line equally for Race 1 however it was the young championship leader from Belgium who got the better start, taking the lead on the opening lap. Alatalo (#6) and Cordeel (#888) battled for third and fourth places all race until a safety car was deployed for Niklas Krütten (#5) after crashing out at turn one in the closing laps. A last-lap restart saw the field cross a final time with Weerts taking the chequered flag ahead of Schumacher and Cordeel.

Race 2 started with an inverted top-six grid, with Dragon Motopark F4’s Lucas Alecco Roy (#8) on pole position alongside Beckhäuser who took the race lead on lap one. However, driver error handed the lead back to a hard-charging Cordeel who took over mid-race. Battles mid-pack continued with SILBERPFEIL Energy Dubai’s Lucas Petersson (#22) who ran in second place for most of the race, but it was the category’s two championship rivals Schumacher and Weerts who finished a commendable second and third respectively behind the Dragon Motopark F4 driver by race’s end.

With a 19-point gap between Schumacher and Weerts heading into Race 3, Schumacher started again from pole however the Belgian racer baulked his start, giving Alatalo and Cordeel a free shot up into second and third place by the first corner. Weerts fell back to fifth behind Roy, however gained the spot back on the same lap, and then another as Cordeel ran wide under the hotel. With the running order being Schumacher, Alatalo and Weerts, it was Alatalo’s charge up the inside of Schumacher at Turn 11 that gave the Finnish driver the lead and the eventual win; his first in F4 racing.

The final race’s grid saw Petersson on pole, while Beckhäuser – who was meant to start P2 – failed to start the race due to technical repairs not being able to be completed in time on his car between races. Petersson stalled on the start, Krütten took the jump in front of Weerts, and Schumacher and Alatalo battled wheel-to-wheel during the opening stages. Alatalo’s passing prowess from Race 3 shone again in Race 4, moving past Schumacher in order to chase down his leading Mücke Motorsport teammate. Picking off his rivals one lap at a time, Alatalo was too fast for the leaders and took a four second gap by the chequered flag over Krütten second and Weerts third.

Weerts currently leads the drivers championship on 277 points, 13 points ahead of Schumacher with both drivers being the only two in contention for the title; which would be either driver’s first crown in open-wheeler racing.

In the teams championship, SILBERPEFEIL Energy Dubai leads by 29 points over Dragon Motopark F4, with both in contention to take that title at the season finale next weekend in Dubai.

Full championship standings are available on http://www.f4uae.com/events/ 2017-18-points

NEXT EVENT
The grand finale of the 2017/18 F4UAE Championship, Round 6, will be held at the Dubai Autodrome this coming weekend, March 2-3, 2018.

QUOTEBOOK

Amaury Cordeel (BEL), #888 Dragon Motopark F4: “It has been difficult this year because it is the first time in the car. Before I crashed much and made mistakes but now finally I am more confident and I have been working very hard to learn and get improve. The setup has been really good this weekend and the car felt better and it’s just great to win. Of course everyone wants to win but I feel great it has happened and to prove that I can do it.”

William Alatalo (FIN), #6 BWT Mücke Motorsport: “It feels great, my first wins in F4. It’s been some awesome racing and a lot of racing that’s been helping me to improve my skills. I hope I will be as good in the Italian F4 Championship this year as I was here in the UAE.”

Frank Lucke, Team Manager of BWT Mücke Motorsport:”Happy is not the right word, we are insanely happy for what we did here in the two rounds of F4UAE. For the whole team and for the drivers it was a big step to get familiar with everything; the race tracks, the tyres. Finally we have a double victory and at their age they are quite young, so they have been improving every race and learning quite quickly. Yes they make mistakes but that is why we are here so that they can be more prepared when we start testing in Italy in two weeks. The drivers will take a lot of self-confidence from these results.”

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9 hrs ago

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That Alex Albon is so cheeky 😂 ... See Less

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Omg! I love this duo so much! Never fail to make me laugh 😂

Actually I don't Like Alex' sense of humor :/ he is imo too arrogant

Is it just me or does anybody else wanna punch max in the fuckin face as hard as u could??

Why in the hell did Merc haven't done Grill the Grid?

If he think that one is bad i wonder what he think of the rookie of the year one ! 👀

Alex very honest! I like that

Congratulations

Did he say Sonny Moore at 0:28?

Congrats 😎

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Ricardo Ruiz

While you patiently waiting for your monthly salary, others are busy earning nothing less than $500- $10000 every 48hours, Ask me how????

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Max might be fast but his funny level is pretty low.

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Who win this in 2018 please?

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10 hrs ago

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Hang in there... fewer than 💯 days until the next race 😅 ... See Less

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Man weekends are so boring at the moment. Drive to survive needs to come out sooner than March to help this out

It was fun back in the days when we had the V8 .. It was a joy to watch the replays but now I can't stand watching any reply of this era even if it was a perfect move or something really special Please give us some noise .. I want my ears to hurt again 😅

And if Sebastian and Max have been good Saint Nic may bring them a fast car for 2020.

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Super cross holds me over quite well until F1 starts back up.

It's gonna be a long winter.

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90 days, 4 hours, 9 minutes and 30 sec to be precise...

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Waiting on the season to start

if V12 days yes we aka fans are eager for new seasons race but not now sadly..

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We are ready 💜😏

I know it’s not F1, but urge everyone to get on to the Bathurst 12 hour stream, starting October 21st. A real motor race with overtaking. It might get you through to the start of the next F1 season. www.bathurst12hour.com.au/news/2020-liqui-moly-bathurst-12-hour-date-confirmed/

Hang in there Tom, it’ll be back soon!!

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Non vediamo l'ora che comincia grand premio, speriamo che sia spettacolare come finale 2019...

100 days never seemed longer

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Can’t wait 😆

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10 hrs ago

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🥁 And the winner is... (as voted by F1 fans) ... See Less

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Funny how fans were whingeing about the state of F1 in early 2019, saying it's boring and a procession...Soon as they said that, boom! We have a season on our hands. A season to enjoy, with some of the best overtakes I've ever seen, in my 34 full years of F1 watching! Wow!

I'm surprised that Leclercs move on Gasly at Silverstone isn't included in this list. I don't think I've ever seen an overtake around the outside of Village. Pretty impressive, as far as I am concerned.

Would you look at that F1, the FIAs "Action of the Year" nowhere to be seen as anyone with an ounce of credibility knows that was an overtake off the circuit.

Sainz at Brazil should’ve been #1

Seriously how Max got "Action of the year" with that move I'll never know.... Way more impressive moves this year than that!

Lec overtake impossible Ver overtake very difficult and very beautiful but possible ! For me Lec P1 Ver P2

The number 1 is one of the easiest move, it's number 1 just 'cause crytappen done it. In the same footage, 20 meters behind, there is a more gutsy move made by his team-mate Albon on the (most powerful on straights) Ferrari of Vettel. That shows once again that "voted by fan" means s**t. Most of them can't even understand the basis of motorsport.

I liked the double overtake of Verstappen on LeClerc and Hamilton in Brazil the most. Such confidence and determinatiom and Senna-esque going for the gap. That’s what makes Max brilliant

The overtake of Verstappen to Leclerc in Austria is not a good overtake, was an ilegal overtake!

Passing on the grass is always tricky. A bit too much throttle either on the grass or when regaining the track and you're not going to have a good day. Much as I'm not a fan of Leclerc, I do have to say where he passed in Monaco was tricky and took some skill. I think that Norris' double pass in COTA should've been in this top ten.

Everything that F1 does here is to find a way to sell Max as an phenomenon. It sucks .... no credibility at all.

Max's overtake on Hamilton is exactly like Montoya to Schumacher at the same place in a GP of Brazil..

Where is Hamilton on Vettel in Bahrain?? And Albon on Ricciardo at Spa!!?

An overtaking package without a single highlight from Ricciardo. Sums up Renault's season perfectly.

No.4 Bottas passed Hamilton on the next corner, where no one had passed before. It was great move!

P7 was not overtaking. It was forcing out of the track and causing a collison

And Sainz in Mónaco overtakes kvyat?

Number 4 Bottas repasted Hamilton into Cops corner that should be in the top 10, not often we have cars wheel too wheel into the corner it was fantastic racing from both drivers !!! 🤙

The best overtake for me is Leclerc on Gasly in Silverston

Sainz last lap overtake that secured the point för the 6th Palace in the Championship

6 years of Boring Parades.....F1 used to actually race before the Engineering Exercise.

That Max pass on Leclerc was anything but clean or graceful. Shoulda left a little more room outside.

To vote overtake moves check tyre wear and strategy cause a Williams can send one outside of Merc if tyres are worn differently......

how was sainz 3rd and not first? that was brave and crazily tight to overtake there....

Why Leclerc got 2 best overtake? I’ve never seen overtaking at that part of the track in this decade.

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12 hrs ago

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Round 2 in Ausin provided drama that nobody expected! 😱

Take a look back at the first moments of the #AmericasGP! 🇺🇸

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MM side to side transitions down through the esses is so much quicker than everyone else! Also he brakes so much harder and later than anyone coming into 12 it’s unreal to watch in person!

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it was actually round 3....but who's counting....

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A first every Álex Rins/493142754078013">#MotoGP victory for Álex Rins! 🏆

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Rossi has perfected diving in too late and hot, then running way wide. You'd think he'd know better by now.

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