Red Bull F1 trains Sodai Arao to fight for the title in the last French F4 race[F1-Gate.com]

Honda and Red Bull F1 driver Sodai Arao held his position to aim for overall victory in the final round of the French F4 season.

The French Formula 4 Championship took place at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia in the second round of overseas racing for three races.

On the starting grid, graduates from the Honda Racing School (HRS), the Honda Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) young driver development program and the Red Bull Racing F1 team supporting their careers. Sodai Arao and Yuto Nomura, who competed as representatives, challenged the race in Spain for the first time.

Sodai Arao was the first to pick up the pace in Friday’s free practice, but as he did fewer laps than the other riders blessed with track conditions, he was 5th on the day. In qualifying he temporarily moved up to 2nd place and eventually won 3rd place on the grid. Team-mate Hayato Nomura started eighth on the grid, even though he was less than 0.2 seconds behind Sodai Arao.

Sodai Arao made the most of his advantageous position on the grid to take his seventh podium of the season, but unfortunately Yuto Nomura collided with another car and retired.

In the reverse grid for Race 2 which took place in the afternoon of the same day, the top 10 positions were constantly evolving. Despite many retirements, Yuto Nomura / Sodai Arao’s 6th / 7th place was a good result.

In Race 3 Sodai Arao was unfortunately knocked down by a collision, but managed to climb up to 10th place and score two valuable points in the championship. Yuto Nomura had a clean race finishing fifth, his best result since May.

One race is missing from the French F4 season. In the final round at the Paul Ricard circuit from 14 to 16 October, Sodai Arao will face two rivals for the 2022 title.

Soudai Arao
“In free practice I had no grip at all, so when I switched to new tires in qualifying I quickly got used to the difference in grip and managed to secure 3rd place on the grid. I stopped in 3rd place.
In Race 2 my pace was not great, but I managed to move up in position. However, on the last lap, I was hit from behind and crashed from 5th to 7th. In Race 3 I got a good start, but I lost a position. From there, I didn’t notice that there was a car behind me, and when I entered the corner my rear tire hit me and I crashed to the ground. From there, we were able to trace the order back to the points. It was a difficult weekend and I’m worried about some bumps, but in the last race I’ll give my best ”.

Yuto Nomura
“During free practice I had a good feeling with the car, so I went into qualifying with confidence, but when it started I couldn’t make the most of the grip of the new tires and I finished 8th on the grid. with 3rd place. Qualifying was frustrating because there was almost no time. In Race 1 the start was good, but when the safety car came out on the first lap, the driver in front suddenly slowed down and collided with me. The damage was so bad that I didn’t think I could finish the race, so I retired from the race. In Race 1 I was penalized for a rear-end collision, then I was relegated five places and in Race 2 I started from eighth. on the first lap I was overtaken by two cars, but after that I had a good pace, so I managed to finish 6th. 5th step from the start, I managed to catch up with the car in front of me and that driver stopped in the pits to serve his drive-through penalty, which automatically took me to 4th, the car that ran 3 °. I caught up with him, but I couldn’t overtake him, so I finished 4th “.

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