18-year-old Reuben Kressner drove home the season’s second podium place in the French Formula 4 Championship at this weekend’s races at the former F1 track Magny-Cours.
Kressner took the checkered flag in fourth in the second of the weekend’s three races, but was classified to finish in third place after a preceding competitor penalized after the race. Stockholm Comforter equaled the team’s best result so far in the championship, commissioned by the premiere at the Circuit de Lédenon earlier this year.
– A good weekend for me, says Reuben Kressner. It feels great to be back on the podium, although I got third place a little free gift in hindsight. Magny-Cours is a track I raced on before, so it went pretty fast to find into the rhythm and I have developed a lot since the last time I was here.
Kressner had earlier in the weekend finished fifth in an eventful first heat, and rounded recent visit to Magny-Cours with an eighth place in Race 3 – where a misaligned steering arm forced him to carry the entire distance with an oblique angled steering wheel.
Results The series meant Kressner took points in all the weekend’s three races, which all started from sixth place on the grid.
– In the first race I took it deliberately rather quiet in order not to risk anything, rounds Kressner. The top ten in the race will start in reverse order in Race 2, so it really comes to be on top and not to be drawn into something stupid. In Race 3 we had a problem with the car which meant that the steering wheel was crooked and that tire wear worsened dramatically. It was a hard run race, but also extremely informative. I had to drive very defensively and I have learned a lot on that plane this weekend.
Among Kressners rivals in the French Formula 4 Championship include, among others, the two Formula 1 sons Giuliano Alesi (son of the former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi) and Louis Gachot (whose father Betrand competed in the Grand Prix context between 1989-1995) .
Two races remain in the season. Next up is one of the championship’s two visits outside the French soil, when Circuito de Navarra in northern Spain is at the door on 26-27 September. Final run at the Paul Ricard circuit in the hills above Marseille on 24-25 October