It’s been a long time since the last outing at Nurburgring, but Olli will return to racing this weekend as he heads to the Vallelunga circuit for round six of the Italian F4 Championship. Currently sitting 3rd in the standings Olli has been in the wars in recent rounds which has seen him lose touch to the lead two, but the Prema Theodore Racing driver is still on target for a top three finish which would be an impressive achievement in his first full season in single seater racing.
It’s been a whole six weeks since Olli was last in the seat and he has taken that time to catch up on some rest and mentally prepare himself for the end of the season. The journey begins at Vallelunga this weekend which plays host to the penultimate round of the Italian F4 Championship.
It won’t be the first time Olli has raced at the 2.5 mile circuit. Olli had his Italian F4 debut at Vallelunga back in late June last year and had an impressive weekend with a clean sweep of rookie podium finishes and a best result of 13th place overall in the third and final race. Overall Olli was able to quickly adapt to the circuit, particularly considering how little experience he had in the Italian F4 class at the time.
As for the circuit it’s a track of two halves with a very quick first section and slow and technical second section. Five of the first six corners are pretty much flat out but the remaining nine corners couldn’t be any different. They are a mixture of slow chicanes and hairpins which are joined by short straights mounting a huge strain on the tyres.
Championship wise rotten luck over the last two rounds leaves Olli 70 points away from the fight for the championship but with six races to go anything is still possible. Another target for Olli will be to consider is one hundred percent top ten finish record for the season! Not only is Olli the only driver to be on target to do that this season if he can achieve it he would the first driver in Italian F4 history to do so. Considering the likes of Lando Norris and Lance Stroll have come through the series that would be a remarkable achievement!
All three races will be streamed live on https://www.ollicaldwell.com/live with updates also going out on social media.
Free Practice 1 - 14:00 (40 mins)
Free Practice 2 - 16:50
Qualifying 1 - 10:40 (15 mins)
Qualifying 2 - 11:05
Race One - 16:05 (28 mins + 1 lap)
Race Two - 09:45
Race Three - 14:50