Javier Gonzalez and Drivex conclude F4 Spain 2017 season with podium finish

Javier Gonzalez and Drivex conclude F4 Spain 2017 season with podium finish

13.11.2017: Mexican driver finished 2nd at Estoril on Sunday. After his rostrum at the season finale, Drivex’s driver secured 5th place in the Drivers’ standings

Mexican driver finished 2nd at Estoril on Sunday. After his rostrum at the season finale, Drivex’s driver secured 5th place in the Drivers’ standings. Caouette fought back to finish 11th in race 3


Drivex’s season in the Spanish F.4 Championship came to an end at Estoril last weekend with Mexican Javier González stepping second onto the podium. Jakes Caouette continued his solid performance and, despite his early retirement on Saturday’s Race 2, came eleventh on Sunday.

On the whole, it was a positive season for Drivex as their drivers had the opportunity to regularly challenge for podiums, despite they were less experienced in Formula 4 racing than other drivers in the field.

González made a good start to the weekend by scoring 4th-fastest time on the timesheets on Friday with a lap time of 1:41.116. Caouette set the 13th-fastest time with a lap time of 1:43.310. With these premises, they headed into Q1 extremely encouraged.

Once again, the session was extremely tight with more than ten drivers separated by less than one second. González qualified 7th on the grid with a personal best of 1:41.131 and Caouette lined up 13th with his 1:42.935.

In Race 1, González moved up to 6th but due to battling with other drivers in the field dropped to ninth. Finally, the driver of Drivex still gained another place to finish 8th. Caouette came 13th. In Race 2, which took place in the afternoon, both González and Caouette shared row six on the starting grid.

Caouette retired early in the race but González overtook several cars on lap one and was running 9th. With ten minutes to go, the safety car was deployed and González took advantage from it to pass two other cars at the restart. Finally, he finished 7th and scored the fourth fastest lap.

On Sunday, the Mexican driver managed to convert his race pace into an extremely competitive lap time. González posted 4th-fastest lap time (1:40.924) but gained a place when Alexander Smolyar handed a ten-place grid penalty. Caouette lined up 13th on the grid once again (1:43.526).

Bent Viscaal experienced mechanical issues before race start so González started from second on the grid. At the beginning, González kept the pressure on the race leader Christian Ludgaard but finally he focused on securing the second place behind the new F4 Spain champion.

It was González’s four second place throughout the season. Caouette finished 11th in which was his best performance of the season finale.

Miguel Ángel de Castro:
“Our second place finish was a nice way to bring the curtain down on the season in the F4 Spain. We would have liked to have the same performance on Saturday but sometimes the circumstances are against you.

I would like to highlight how brilliantly Javier performed this year considering he was battling much more experienced drivers, both in Formula 4 and with the circuits in the series. It’s also worth to underline Jakes’ progress. His work was impressive.

It was his very first time at Estoril and closed the gap on the leaders throughout the weekend. His progression is great even if he failed to score points at Estoril.”


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