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Renowned for being the fastest circuit in the Formula 1 World Championship, with an average lap speed of 260 km/h, the famous Monza Autodrome hosted the fourth round of the FIA-certified F4 Italian Championship from 22nd to 25th July. The young drivers also set records, with averages of around 185 km/h and top speeds of over 240 km/h. Unfortunately, James Wharton had to contend with a performance deficit and this time was unable to fight for the podium. However, the Australian drove a faultless race in all three races, securing points for 6th, 5th and 5th place in succession. The Ferrari Driver Academy driver thus retains 3rd place in the provisional Championship standings...

After his brilliant meeting in Belgium at Spa Francorchamps, during which James Wharton won twice and finished on the third step of the podium once, the Motorsport Australia-supported driver arrived at Monza with just as high ambitions. His positions of 2nd and 3rd in Free Practice confirmed the speed, talent and determination of the Prema Racing driver. The two official Qualifying sessions that followed could have enabled Wharton to confirm his ambitions and earn a place on the front row for the weekend's races. Unfortunately, a red flag cut him off in the first, just as he was thinking of improving his times. And in the second, he was caught out by another driver when he was still on a very good lap.

Solid 3rd in the Championship

"At Monza, there's a lot of scope for overtaking and I was really hoping to be able to get back up there and aim for the podium," explained James. "I quickly realised that my car lacked speed. Even on the slipstream, I couldn't keep up with the drivers in front of me and I really had to push hard to avoid losing places. This scenario was repeated in all three races, without us really being able to find a solution with the team despite all the work done over the weekend. In a situation like that, I didn't have much choice but to give it my all, avoid any incident and stay on the track to score as many points as possible. In the end, I can be happy to leave Monza with 28 extra points. The gap to the leader of the Italian Championship has widened, which isn't good news, but I've taken back a few points on the runner-up."

Before the Championship continues in France from 21st-23rd July at the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, the All Road Management driver will take part in the new 'Euro 4 Championship' series, organised over three meetings: Mugello (7th-9th July), Monza (15th-17th September), where he will have a rematch to make, and Barcelona in Spain (20th-22th October).

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