The ADAC Formula 4 adventure has begun – and in magnificent style too! On the weekend of 24th - 26th April, the talented SMG Swiss Motorsport Group trio contested their first races in the new junior series which made its debut at Oschersleben. The squad got off to a perfect start in the first of the three races at the circuit near Magdeburg.
Highlights of the weekend
First podium: First race, first Top Three finish. Mattia Drudi gave the team a major confidence booster in Race 1 of the new ADAC Formula 4. In a hard-fought encounter, the Italian prevailed over a large field of young drivers to claim his first podium. Even three safety car deployments were unable to disturb Mattia’s rhythm: “I wasn’t expecting that result after qualifying sixth. My car was fantastic, and I want to thank my team for this.”
Super atmosphere: The high spirits were not confined to the 20,000 spectators last weekend. The SMG Swiss Motorsport Group outfit were also in an upbeat mood. “The teamwork aspect is functioning really well,” said Giorgio Maggi after his first race weekend with the team. “We are very open with each other, and the atmosphere within the team could not be better.” Giorgio’s team-mate Nikolaj Rogivue agreed wholeheartedly: “It’s a fun team. We work hard, but we also play hard,” said the Swiss youngster. “When you’re enjoying yourself, you can work well as a group.”
Valuable experience: Not for nothing is ADAC Formula 4 informally referred to as the ADAC ‘High-Speed Academy’. And just like students everywhere, the three formula drivers went home from the season opener having learnt a great deal. “I notice that I’m going faster with every weekend,” said Nikolai. And it’s not just the new experiences gained during the three races held each weekend: “I keep talking to my engineer, and we agree on where I could change my racing line or how we might adapt the setup to get a potential understeer or oversteer under control.”
Coming up next: After an opening weekend that more than lived up to expectation at Germany’s northernmost racetrack, the destination next time is in the deep south, namely the Austrian province of Styria. Rounds four to six of the 2015 campaign will be contested on the weekend of 5th - 7th June on the Formula 1 race track near Spielberg in Austria.