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  • Writer's pictureVIVIEN STREBELOW

Last lap drama for Hamda Al Qubaisi in Italian F4

In a busy second race of the weekend, Hamda Al Qubaisi was classified P19 after a contact on the last lap of the race, where she had again showed a great pace - before making a visit to the hospital and being declared unfit for race 3 due to a hand injury.

Photo by ACI Sport

It was a busy second race in the morning sun of the Red Bull Ring in Austria, as Gabriele Mini (Prema Powerteam), who started from Pole, was passed by Jak Crowford (Van Amersfoort Racing), but could re-claim the position back with a late braking. He then came under intense pressure from both Crawford and Jonny Edgar, in the second Van Amersfoort Racing car.

A spectacular move from both Van Amersfoort Racing drivers saw Crawford going wide and Edgar taking the inside line of Mini and passing him. Oliver Bearman, following closely behind this group, also make a move stick on Mini. Crawford and Edgar had an intense fight with Crawford - who held on to the lead - and Edgar, as the latter came under pressure from Bearman who got into second place before the Safety Car was called out.

Leonardo Fornaroli (Iron Lynx) lost his front wing and several drivers spun behind him.

At the restart, Bearman tried to pass Crawford, but failed and did not get a new chance for the rest of the race.

In the back, Sebastian Montoya (Prema Powerteam) lost his front wing after a contact with Jesse Salmenautio (Bhaitech), but held his position while building a train behind him, before he got the black and orange flag to racell him back to the pits.

Hamda Al Qubaisi, who had a last lap incident with Francesco Simonazzi (Jenzer Motorsport), dropped down to 19th after she showed again great pace and fought in the midfield around position 15 and 16 for the whole race duration.

After the incident, Hamda was sent to the hospital for a check up after sustaining a hand injury and unfortunately was declared unfit for race 3.

"Race 2 didn´t end very well, for safety reasons the doctors said that I won't be able to participate in race 3, but rather recover for the upcoming race, thank you all for the support, it´s very unfortunate what happend, we will keep our heads up and focus on the next one."

During the Austrian weekend, Iron Lynx announced they will join the ADAC Formula 4 series as well. The team that lines up Fornaroli in the Italian Formula 4 and runs the Abu Dhabi Racing operation, will join the German series with both drivers at the upcoming Hockenheim weekend, where Hamda Al Qubaisi will make her debut.

"I´m not doing the full season, but for now I'm gonna do one race which is Hockenheim, so basically next week."
"I did the testing there and there was always not too bad and I really like the track, so we will be back there for the race and hopefully we'll go well."

Photo by ACI Sport



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