The Formula Winter Series has kicked off with its first round in Jerez. With an entirely new MP lineup, we competed in the F4 series. It was a good debut weekend, including multiple podiums and a win!
Our lineup consists of Griffin Peebles, Maciej Gladysz, René Lammers, Lucas Fluxa and Peter Bouzinelos completing all four rounds. Richard Mille Academy Shoot Out winner Mattia Colnaghi drives the first 2 rounds with MP, Keanu Al Azhari will take over his seat in the final 2 rounds of the season.
The first qualifying session happened on a wet track, overall the race weekend did not have the best weather. Griffin and Maciej showed good results by qualifying in second and third, Mattia set the 12th time, Lucas 17th, Peter 23rd and René finished in P30. Although not having the best qualifying session, René made up more than half of the places by finishing in P13. Griffin and Maciej finished as they qualified, collecting MP’s first podium spots of the season. Mattia and Lucas both drove in the points by finishing in P7 and P9. Peter also made up several positions and finished in P19.
Sunday morning started with the second qualifying session, with Griffin finishing in fifth and Maciej in tenth. Peter and René qualified in P17 and P19, with Lucas and Mattia setting the 22nd and 23rd time of the session. This was the qualifying grid for the third and final race of the weekend, but before that our six drivers had to complete the second race. The race started after multiple formation laps and Griffin kept the lead the entire race, turning his pole into his first win of the season. Maciej took his second podium of the weekend by finishing second. René finished in P16, Mattia in P19 and Peter in P20. Unfortunately Lucas ended up in the gravel and couldn’t finish the race.
The third and final race of the weekend started behind the safety car due to the bad weather conditions. Next to rain, there was also a strong wind in the south of Spain. Maciej finished the race in P5, with Mattia and Griffin finishing in the top 10 by crossing the line in 7th and 9th. René finished in P16, Peter in P19 and Lucas in P20.
Driver standings after round 1:
P2 Griffin – 48 points
P3 Maciej – 43 points
P9 Mattia – 12 points
P13 Lucas – 2 points
P18 René – 0 points
P25 Peter – 0 points
The next event of the series will take place in Valencia, and starts upcoming Friday.