Trulli clinches F4 UAE title
Enzo Trulli, the son of former F1 race-winner Jarno,has clinched the 2021 F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth title by holding offhis rival Dilano Van’t Hoff in the final race of the season at the Dubai Autodrome.
The 15-year-old Italian rookie of team Cram had sat second in the championship standings all year behind Xcel Motorsport‘s Van’t Hoff, however, went into the final day of racing ahead by only a few points and eventually won by just one.
Three drivers were in title contention coming into Round 5 – Trulli, Van’t Hoff and Kirill Smal – however, just two remained on the final day of racing. Having won four races so far this season, this weekend was particularly tough for Trulli after claiming only two podium finishes and failing to start Race 2 due to suspension issues. Earning both the drivers’ title and the champion rookie title, it was also the first time his team Cram has won a title since the Formula Abarth championship in 2013.
“It’s been an incredible season of F4UAE and certainly the most competitive we’ve had in five seasons,” said category technical director and promoter Craig Thompson. “Congratulations to Enzo Trulli on the title victory, Dilano Van’t Hoff for being a standout driver, plus all our other winners. The talent this season was really high and to have such close racing and multiple winners has been very exciting to watch. The final few races today were nail-biters and for the title to come down to just one point is incredible. It’s been a very challenging season not just with five events back-to-back, but also with local travel restrictions and regulations to adhere to, but we appreciate all the efforts made by our teams and drivers, our officials and governing body, and the UAE authorities to ensure safe racing. We can’t thank everyone enough for allowing F4UAE to go ahead and we look forward to season number six and much more growth next year.”