F4 UAE: Amna Al Qubaisi and Alex Connor share wins on F1 stage at F4 trophy round

F4 UAE: Amna Al Qubaisi and Alex Connor share wins on F1 stage at F4 trophy round

Sunday Dec 1st- 2019

First-time F4 race winners Amna Al Qubaisi and Alex Connor shared the spoils at the F4UAE Championship’s Trophy Round this weekend, as the category made its debut as a support to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 28-December 1, 2019).

Having already made motorsport history for the region with four women competing at the season-opening round at Yas Marina Circuit – with drivers including Emirati sisters Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi, Logan Hannah from Scotland and Reema Juffali from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Abu Dhabi Racing’s Amna Al Qubaisi also added to the history books, not only claiming pole position on Friday but becoming the first Emirati woman to win an FIA single seater race as she claimed victory on Saturday.

Alex Connor – who finished runner-up in the British F4 Rookie Cup – claimed his first single-seater win on Sunday with Xcel Motorsport; the team he started his karting career with in Dubai as a junior.

Amna Al Qubaisi added to the history books, not only claiming pole position on Friday but becoming the first Emirati woman to win an FIA single seater race as she claimed victory on Saturday

“The F4UAE Championship has provided competitive and entertaining racing this weekend, showing those involved in global motorsport organisations that it is one of the best platforms for young drivers to prove their talent,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO), and FIA Vice President for Sport.

“Well done to Amna Al Qubaisi who has come a long way since karting and winning the first FIA GCC Young Drivers Academy to now win in F4. I’m proud of her achievements and for being very successful in front of everyone at the Formula 1 grand finale. We believe she is a future international champion in the making.”

Alex Connor claimed his first F4 race win in Race 2 for Xcel Motorsport

QUALIFYING
Thirteen drivers from 12 countries were entered for the Trophy Round, with Amna Al Qubaisi (#88) and her sister Hamda giving the local fans at Yas Marina Circuit plenty to cheer for. As the UAE’s first female racing driver, 19-year-old Amna claimed pole in qualifying, while also previously leading a curtailed morning practice session. Sister Hamda (#77) was second fastest in practice and fifth in qualifying.

As the more experienced of the pair, Amna posted a 2m12.717s lap to lead a trio of Xcel Motorsport drivers in Nicola Marinangeli (#14), Tijmen van der Helm (#13) – who was later relegated down to sixth place on the Race 1 grid after failing to follow the Race Director’s instructions post-qualifying – and Alex Connor (#27) third.

RACE 1 SUMMARY
Amna Al Qubaisi led from pole position to the chequered flag in Race 1, holding off an early challenge from Marinangeli before pulling away to take victory in the first 25-minute race of the weekend.

Dutchman Tijmen van der Helm held off his rivals but on the final lap suffered a suspension failure, promoting Alex Connor onto the podium for Xcel Motorsport; the current reigning drivers, teams and rookie champions.

Jordan’s Manaf Hijjawi (#99) for Dragon Racing dropped down to eighth from sixth on the grid, but made a strong campaign of overtaking to eventually claim fourth, ahead of the younger Al Qubaisi sister Hamda in fifth place for Abu Dhabi Racing. Returning F4UAE racer Nico Göhler (#2) finished sixth for Mücke Motorsport, while Xcel Motorsport’s Ivan Peklin (#23) suffered a clutch failure on the start and did not join the race.

“I am very proud to be the first Emirati and Arab driver on podium of Formula 4,” said Al Qubaisi. “I thank my family and all the supporters. It’s an amazing feeling, to do it in my home town and at my home track. I have a lot of my local people watching. It was huge honour.”

Khaled Al Qubaisi, father of Amna and Hamda, said: “I am extremely proud of my daughters, they made the whole UAE proud today, and that’s all what we wanted — to raise the UAE flag up high in this extremely important event held in our beloved country.”

RACE 2 SUMMARY
Amna Al Qubaisi’s chances of back-to-back victories in F4UAE came to a close on Sunday after a crash with fellow rival Marinangeli on the first lap of Race 2. The Abu Dhabi Racing driver initiated an overtaking move, resulting in a race-ending impact that tore off the right-rear wheel from the #88 Tatuus racer. Marinangeli continued, but the crash forced him out of contention, leaving him with a DNF.

Leading the push for a strong Xcel Motorsport finish was Connor, who was pursued by Hijjawi; the Jordanian eventually denying Xcel Motorsport a one-two finish after he finished second in his first F4 race weekend. Tijmen Van Der Helm challenged for a third place and finished nearly five seconds behind Hijjawi.

Hamda Al Qubaisi also succumbed to front-end damage, breaking her front splitter when making close contact with a competitor, ending the race as the final qualified finsher in 11th. Göhler held on to finish fourth ahead of Rodrigo Almeida (#4) in fifth and Saudi Arabia’s Reema Juffali (#18) in sixth; her best ever result in single-seaters after campaigning a season already in British F4 for 2019.

Xcel Motorsport drivers Ivan Peklin and Mehrbod Shameli (#8) followed in seventh and eighth with Logan Hannah (#9) and rookie Constantin Reisch (52#) completing the top 10.

F4UAE has been instrumental in developing young driver talent over the last three seasons, with 46 different drivers from 32 countries competing since inception, and another nine new drivers being added to the list this weekend.

The F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth begins its point-scoring championship season in January, as a support to the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai; the first event of a five-round season based within the United Arab Emirates. For more information head to www.f4uae.com

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Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

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If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

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So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

Damage was needed to make it feel a bit more realistic

Gutiérrez torpedoed everyone Pastor will be proud of him

Call this whatever you want... but not a race

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So nice to here "Schumacher" on the commentary..

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Monaco is so hard

Esteban Gutierez just enjoying the map like Mario Kart 😂

What the hell is this! Where is damage? And why its not 100% race distance? This is so stupid...

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Good old Karting move 👍

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

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I think they should have had damage on

Super unrealistic...

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

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In real life that's a 10 sec penalty God I love these virtual races

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

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Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

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They really need to mount guns and oil slicks and mix things up. 😜

Wow he even crash in virtual race.

N'importe quoi et croire que les gens regardent ça . Je suis très fan et je regarde autant de grand prix que possible mais a regarder des gamins joué Dsl

And a car goes through a car? What a nonsense.

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