TEAM REPORT: YAS MARINA CIRCUIT SEES SOLID RESULTS FOR JONAS RIED
Young 16-years Jonas Ried isn´t just the only german driver in this years F4UAE Grid, he also represents the team colours for Mücke Motorsport as his Italian teammate Francesco Braschi is not able to attend Round 2 in Abu Dhabi. After two days of intense testing on one of the most difficult racetracks and world famous host of the F1 grand finale at Yas Marina Circuit, it was very clear that challenges for rookie Ried are quiet high.
Nevertheless, coming to the official event with his lack of experience, he was able to close the gap to the midfield during Free Practice, which gave him a big mental push for Qualifing. Q1 and Q2 have seen a very competitive field in the front, with the first six cars within just 0.15 seconds.
Jonas finished both Qualifings on P12, also for Race Grid 2 he managed P12 with his second fastest lap. In Race 1, Jonas prooved himself again as one of the quick starters in the field by gaining directly three positions into Turn 1.
Unfortunately #3 Saud Al Saud hit the rear end of Ried by entering Turn 1, hard enough that the Saudi driver also climbed over a spinning Ried‘s Mücke F4 car. An immediate Safety Car neutralized the field, while Al Saud and unfortunately Ried were not able to continue the race.
BWT Team Mücke Motorsport was now facing a time challenge, repairing the heavy damaged #77 within 90 minutes to be race ready for Race 2. Jonas‘ mechanics did a tremendous and quick job, and were able to send him back with a well setted #77 on the grid for Race starting from P12. Racing under floodlights into the dark is something unique in a young racers career and not easy to adapt to the different visual challenges.
Also Ried was struggling at the beginning of testing here, but now in Race 2, he should come into something like a friendship with the most modern race track in the World. Again with a superb start, Jonas gained two positions finding himself more and more in a comeptitive rythm and putting pressure to # 23 Oleksandr Partyshev and #29 italoamerican Enzo Scionti.
First passing #23 he closed the gap to Scionti with setting 6th-8th fastest Racelaps in that time. Two laps to the finish, he was setting a good Track position out of Turn 8-9, attacking Scionti outside on the straight. By diving into Turn 10, both missed the braking a bit and Jonas was going wide. While jumping over the FIA Sausage Curb at his return to the track, he hit unfortunately Scionti at the side who was forced then to finsih the Race immediately.
Jonas finsished with one lap to go his best Race so far on a well deserved P8, but an investigation of the Scionti incident by the official stewards decided, to put a 10 second penalty to Ried added to the finish time, so that he officially was ranked on P10 for Race 2.
Tomorrow at Saturdays Race 3, Ried will start from P13. Race 4 will see a reverse Grid of the Top 8 from Race 3. After the promising performance from Ried in Race 2, the whole BWT Team Mücke Motorsport is looking straight forward to a hopefully successful Raceday 2.
The south-German based rookie Jonas Ried again prooved himself with a progressing performance in Race 3 and 4 of the weekend. Starting from P13 Jonas started again better then the next three cars ahaed of him and connecting directly with P11 to the midfield. The starting lap produced close racing and battles till Turn 9-10 to the chicane after the first long straight, where a lot of drivers were missing the track and going wide. Race control took that action under investigation for at least three drivers.
Meanwhile Jonas was driving consistent and quick laps, and was able to manage his tyres even better than the previous rounds, finally he overtook his Friday rival Scionti to hold P10 closing up to P8. P8 would have been the target to be able to start Race 4 from pole due to reverse grid rules for the Top 8 in Race 3. Unfortunately Jonas‘ momentum was suddenly stopped by a Safety Car four laps till the checkered flag by Kirill Smal running into the TecPro barriers exit Turn 16.
Finishing on P10, Jonas gained just one position in the final result on P9, because Pepe Marti got a five-second penalty for track limit Infrigment in the mentioned starting lap. So a bit of a shame not being able to start Race 4 from pole but nevertheless not losing the focus for starting the last Race of the weekend from P9.
Start again was as good as every time, Jonas kept up the speed of the front but was not able to overtook this time in a very balanced field. Just Smal was able to drive through the field with one set of fresher tyres he was saving dued to his accident in Race 3. Jonas Ried finished on P10 again, but his performance and general understanding of Racing in F4 increases very quick now.
The Berlin-based BWT Team Mücke Motorsport is looking enthusiastic for next weeks Round 3, again in Dubai, but with another Track configuration. That means testing again on Wednesday and Thursday, with the race days on 29th-30th January. The team is happy to welcome back Francesco Braschi to race with his Number 28 again and hopefully successful like in the season opening round in Dubai two weeks ago.
Roland Rehfeld – Team Manager Mücke Motorsport
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