Wurz (15) just misses out on podium on promising Italian F4 debut

Another familiar name has entered feeder series with former Formula 1 driver Alex Wurz’s son Charlie Wurz. The 15-year-old made his debut at Vallelunga last weekend and almost made it onto the podium.

Charlie Wurz has been testing with Prema the last few months and made his way onto the Entry List before but hadn’t made his debut yet until last weekend. The son of former Benetton F1 driver Alex Wurz started the weekend off brilliantly by taking P4 in his first ever Formula 4 qualifying session. His best result of the weekend came in race 3 when he took his Prema to P4. Her is how his weekend went in his own words.

“I’m very happy with this weekend, it started quite well with a good pace in free practice. The team and I worked quite hard the whole weekend to find a good pace and we did it. We got P4 in the first qualifying and then we struggled a bit in Q2. In qualifying for Race 3 we got a good position because we had consistent lap times in Q1. I got a lot of experience in the races as this was my first weekend. It helped me a lot and there are still quite a lot of things to work on.

Italian F4/ACI

“In Race 2 we had an engine issue in the first lap but it resolved itself and we fought back and gained 11 positions. In Race 2, it was just a mistake on my part. I stalled at the start, which was annoying because we had a decent starting position and a very good pace. I still managed to go from last place to P12.

“In Race 3, I started from P3 and we were on pace with the others, almost having the fastest lap and chasing down the car in front. The fight for third place was very close with similar lap times. We had a nice consistent race. We showed we were fast and we won in the rookie standings. I think we can be quite happy with that. There are still things to work on, especially the starts. I will focus on that for the following tests. I’m very thankful to the team for their support: full push for my next race!”

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