Jonas Ried and Francesco Braschi have shown on their second raceday in Dubai a progressing and promising performance.
Ahead of the 24H of Dubai endurance race, the F4UAE teams had again a fully packed schedule till early afternoon. Race 3 saw breathtaking manouvers and great side-by-side racing and both drivers Braschi and Ried were playing a major role. Starting from P5, Braschi used the first six turns to claim P3 and holding it behind Van´tHoff and Trulli. Lap by lap he was resisting cool headed the pressure from behind by Al Qubaisi and Smal. Then again due to a dropped car from Partyshev, a first Safety Car has staken off the momentum of the race but not the action for Mücke Motorsport.
Unfortunatelly #29 Scionti crashed into the rear of Jonas Ried, who was already running on P9, after a very good first part of his Race. The damage forced Ried to pit and lost his gained positions. The team did a superb job by changing the whole rearwing within just one minute, and ensured to bring Ried back on track at least in the leading lap on P12, while the race was already restarted.
The last four laps then put massive pressure on Braschi, who was now facing attacking Smal, Al Qubaisi and Day. Braschi was fighting with less and less grip in the last laps, still holding P3 until the last six turns, where Smal set a hard but fair divebomb in Turn 10 and put Braschi into defense. Unluckily trying to gain this position back, he was on the less good track position and also lost P4 by just 0.4 seconds to Day in the last turn.
The last race of Round 1 in the F4UAE Championship was the first without a Safety Car peroid and was a bit calmer than the heat before. The reverse grid of the first eight in race three puts Braschi on starting P4 and unfortunatelly Ried after the damaged rearwing and suspension as well on an undeserved P12. Paying tribute to the hard fights in the first three races, Braschi was not able to follow the Top 5 at the end and finished on a still good P7.
Jonas Ried was this time the most improving driver of the field using smart but straight overtaking manouvers and clear-headed taking advantage of trouble ahead of him. He finished finally on P8 and has shown a very constant and impressive racing craft on the final race day.
Next week, the teams will head over to Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to start testing from Wednesday and racing from 22nd to 23rd January on the world famous F1 GP Track.
Roland Rehfeld – Teammanager Mücke Motorsport
Phone: +49 178 734 33 53
Image copyright - Gruppe C Photography