Round 4 – F4 UAE

Once again, Round 4 was being hosted at Yas Marina Circuit but this time, we were using the GP track! It is essentially the same layout used in F1. With the weather said to be clear and my experience being ahead of most other drivers, I was already in a good state of mind.

Practice

Already by the first practice session, my competitors were as fast as me or faster which came by surprise. But one thing I realized, later on, was that the general competition level was much higher as we were constantly setting new lap records. Eventually, after the last session, I came to notice that I wasn’t in the front-running spots but in contention for the top 5. Although this was a bit disheartening, it was really close which meant that anyone could take the top spot.

 

Qualifying

Jumping into qualifying after official practice number 3, I knew it had to be a good one, as there were 12 cars on the grid. If it wasn’t good, I would suffer catching up in every race. Again, classic Lucas, it took me over half the session to get into my rhythm, but by the time I did I was within the top 5 spots. Up to the chequered flag, I was constantly improving but frankly didn’t have time to give it my all which meant that I would finish in a solid 4th position.

 

Race 1

After getting off to a good start I stayed in P4 for half the lap, right behind Schumacher.  But after he defended I was forced to go around the outside in corner 8 and had a narrow run into 9. But on the exit, I completely spun around which costed me 20 seconds and 8 positions (essentially last). Although feeling a bit distraught, I continued through the 30-minute race and worked myself up in positions with some help from penalties plus crashes. At the end of the race, this put me in 7th position, only 3 places behind my initial position.

 

Race 2

Unlucky, if I were only 1 place higher I would have started pole. But since I finished 7th, the reverse grid had no effect on me. As the lights went off for the second time, I maintained my position and even started to attack Weertz, but he managed to fend me off. Eventually, I caught up to Lucas Roy and overtook him for 6th position. A few laps later, I passed Beckhauser too! But to my surprise, on the last few laps, my teammate Taofik ran out of fuel which promoted me to 4th.

 

Race 3

Race 3s start was based on our second best lap times, which kept me in 4th place for the start. Maintaining the position for half of lap one, I was shunted by C0rdeel (T7) which damaged my steering which caused me to have a 50-meter lockup the next corner. With this huge block with no rubber (down to metal) rotating on my front left, I was forced to suffer for the rest of the race. Constantly being 3 seconds off the leader I dropped to 6th but stayed in that spot for the latter half of the race.

Race 4

Again being affected by the reverse grid, I was going to start first for the final night race. Off the line, I was neck and neck with Schumacher but maintained my lead until corner 8. Halfway around the corner I was collected by my teammate Taofik and suffered a puncture. This meant that after stopping I was 2 laps down and still with minor damages. As expected I finished last but still collected points, which is crucial for the championship.

Although it was an up and down weekend and also due to my lack of speed I remain hopeful that more great things will come!

!KEEP PUSHING!

Round 3 – F4 UAE

This weekend’s race was held at the Dubai Autodrome. Being my home track, I was familiar with the majority of the corners, only this time it was a different layout. Additionally, I only attended half of Thursday’s practice sessions as I had other school commitments. This meant that I was already behind my competitors, as they would have practiced Wednesday too.

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Qualifying

Jumping straight into qualifying, I wasn’t expecting a top 5 finished but just wanted to use it as more track time before the race. After going for a few hot laps I could only put myself in 9th, 8 tenths off pole position.

 

Race 1

Again knowing that I wasn’t fast enough to compete for podium positions, I was prepared for a 7th or higher place finish. But to my surprise, I overtook Lucas Roy, while my championship contestant (Weertz) and Cordeel retired from the race. This put me in a final position of 6th place, which I thought wasn’t too bad, weighing the odds.

 

Race 2

Finishing in 6th place meant that I would start on pole for this race. I felt that I was fast enough to at least put up a fight, but after a gigantic lockup in turn () and losing my wing while being in a train, meant that I had to retire, soon to realize that I could have come in and changed the wing.Image result for lucas petersson f4

 

Race 3

Again starting in 9th place, because it was based on the second-best lap time of qualifying, this time I was ready to move up as soon as the lights went off. By the first lap, Sami (teammate) spun, collecting Lucas Roy with him. Midway through the race, being at some sort of stalemate with absolutely nothing going on, I started to persuade myself that this was the position I was going to finish in. But as each car got closer to one another, battles started to erupt. Eventually Schumacher, then Charles Weertz dropped far behind me and would stay so until the end of the race, putting me in 5th position overall, which I was pretty content with

 

Race 4

Race 4 was canceled due to a death in the Superbike category, eventually leading to the forbidding of Superbike racing at the Dubai Autodrome.

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Round 2 – F4 UAE *VIDEO*

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A quick video on how this weekend turned out! Brought to you by F4 UAE.