By The1nsider 3 months ago




Since the summer break, the Ferrari protégé has picked up the pace and was rewarded with his best race weekend of the season on home soil and in front of a group of supporters who came to Monza from Sicily especially for him. Their hero made their trip worthwhile with two podium finishes: on Saturday Antonio was P2 on the line, but was later declared race winner after it was found that countryman Luca Ghiotto had gained an advantage at the first chicane on the final lap. The next day, the PREMA racer sliced his way to another champagne shower from P8 on the grid to second at the flag. Not too shabby!


Ever since the beginning of the season, Luca Ghiotto has worked hard to grab that first win. He thought he had it done when the flag dropped on an action-packed race on Saturday: from P11 on the starting grid, the Italian ace moved up through the pack to be in a good position to fight for the lead of the race in the final stages. He crossed the line first but after the dust settled, it was found that he had gained an advantage after exceeding track limits at the first chicane on the last lap following a Safety Car period. He was handed a 5s time penalty and classified P4. Luca didn’t let his disappointment taint his fighting spirits: on Sunday, he made his way to P1 from P5 on the grid and told us after the podium ceremony that he had never felt joy as strong as this one!


Hard work paid off! Sean Gelael’s race weekend didn’t start too well with a P18 in a wet qualifying. But the Indonesian driver put his head down on Saturday and mastered the tricky track conditions to take P5 at the flag – his best result. On Sunday, Sean made a great start to take the lead into Turn 1 from P4 on the grid. He eventually crossed the line in sixth to score a total of 14 points making 5 places in the Drivers’ Championship and becoming the most improved driver of the week.


The Briton’s weekend in Monza was one to forget. Although he qualified P6 in wet and tricky conditions, Saturday’s race proved to be more difficult for Jordan who crossed the line P11, but eventually classified tenth following a time penalty handed to Alexander Albon. On Sunday, the MP driver finished the race pointless in P20.


Both Campos Racing drivers had a tough time in Italy: Ralph Boschung qualified P16 then stalled on the starting grid ruining any hope to recover during the race. He took the flag in fifteenth position. He finished two places better on Sunday, but left Monza pointless and with a lot of regrets. His teammate Robert Visoiu did not bring more joy to the Spanish squad with P19 in qualifying, P16 in the Feature Race and P19 in the Sprint Race. They will have it in their hearts to shine next month in Jerez de la Frontera.


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