Monza is Bearman's Domain. Bedrin is the Rookie Champion

Published on Sunday, October 31, 2021

Monza is Bearman's Domain. Bedrin is the Rookie Champion

The 2021 champion also wins race 3 taking his tally to 11 victories. Bedrin does not exactly shine, but still wins the rookie title, while Van Amersfoort wins the team championship.

A season full of records for Oliver Bearman. Also in the third race of Monza, the 2021 Italian Champion makes his mark and takes his second hat-trick of the season after doing so also at Vallelunga. The eleventh victory in the championship once again underlines the superiority of the British driver and of the entire Van Amersfoort Racing team which also wins the team title and the Rookies Championship with Nikita Bedrin who, despite a complicated weekend, takes advantage of Laursen's mistake in race 3 and therefore is the Rookie Champion. The podium of the last race of the season, which is also the last one for the Tatuus F4 T014, is completed by Kirill Smal and Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who stands on the podium three times at Monza. Fourth place for Lorenzo Patrese, who is second among the rookies behind Antonelli and able to keep Tim Tramnitz at bay who is fifth at the chequered flag.

At the start of race 3, Leonardo Bizzotto stalled on the grid, while Leonardo Fornaroli does not take the start due to an injured wrist after finishing in the gravel in Race 2. Patrese sprints away into the lead in front of Antonelli, while Tramnitz loses a couple of positions. Patrese makes a mistake in Parabolica and loses the lead with Bearman taking the lead in front of Smal, Antonelli and Patrese forced to keep Tim Tramnitz and Conrad Laursen behind him. Erick Zuniga is then stranded on the curb and forces the safety car to be deployed. Behind the safety car, Sebastian Montoya trying to keep his tyres warm overdoes it and spins, hitting the guardrail of the Biassono curve. At the restart Bearman sets the pace slowing significantly before getting the jump and extending his lead over Kirill Smal and Lorenzo Patrese who is passed by Antonelli. Contact between Nikita Bedrin and Piotr Wisnicki causes the Russian Van Amersfoort driver to lose ground who was already in difficulty on the fast Brianza circuit, and seemingly says goodbye to the rookie title which is firmly in the hands of Conrad Laursen. The safety car was once again deployed due to debris on the track after Francesco Simonazzi's left rear disintegrated. Bence Valint is forced to pit, while Smair Ben spins in the Parabolica. At the restart, Bearman once again reduces his speed a lot before accelerating again. But the twist in the tale for the rookie title comes with the mistake of Conrad Laursen who spins losing his points finish giving the Rookie victory Russian of Van Amersfoort Racing driver who completes the VAR team’s hat-trick with Bearman's overall victory, team victory and triumphs in the rookies class.


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