Alex Quinn set the pace for Arden in the opening practice of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season alongside Formula 1 at Imola.
Quinn, moving over to FREC with Arden after winning the rookie title in the final Formula Renault Eurocup season in 2020, went top of the times with a lap of 1m38.740s moving into the final five minutes of the 50-minute session.
He led an Arden one-two ahead of team-mate William Alatalo before Prema driver Paul Aron slotted into second place, 0.042 seconds away from Quinn.
Aron and his team-mates Dino Beganovic and David Vidales had all taken turns in top spot during the session, and Vidales ultimately ended up fourth.
Mari Boya was the leading rookie in fifth in his first time official appearance for Van Amersfoort Racing after starting pre-season testing with FA Racing.
Frequent test pacesetter Gregoire Saucy was the lead ART Grand Prix driver in sixth, ahead of Kas Haverkort and Beganovic. Hadrien David and Patrik Pasma rounded out the top 10, just ahead of Italian Formula 4 champion Gabriele Mini and European racing debutant Eduardo Barrichello.
Gabriel Bortoleto recorded just six laps, over 10 seconds off the pace, following his late deal to join FA Racing. Thomas ten Brinke didn’t make it out on track for ART and nor did MP’s Franco Colapinto, who is also racing at Barcelona this weekend in the first round of the European Le Mans Series.
Free practice 1 results
|5||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m39.086s||+0.346s||21|
|6||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||1m39.116s||+0.376s||19|
|7||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport||1m39.128s||+0.388s||21|
|9||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||1m39.285s||+0.545s||20|
|10||Patrik Pasma||KIC Motorsport||1m39.294s||+0.554s||20|
|11||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||1m39.302s||+0.562s||19|
|12||Eduardo Barrichello||JD Motorsport||1m39.359s||+0.619s||20|
|13||Andrea Rosso||FA Racing by MP||1m39.401s||+0.661s||22|
|14||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||1m39.457s||+0.717s||20|
|15||Oliver Goethe||MP Motorsport||1m39.481s||+0.741s||22|
|17||Elias Seppanen||KIC Motorsport||1m39.570s||+0.830s||22|
|18||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m39.655s||+0.915s||21|
|19||Pietro Delli Guanti||Monolite Racing||1m39.868s||+0.946s||20|
|20||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||1m39.713s||+0.973s||20|
|21||Lorenzo Fluxa||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m39.759s||+1.019||22|
|22||Brad Benavides||DR Formula||1m39.852s||+1.112||21|
|23||Tommy Smith||JD Motorsport||1m40.033s||+1.293||20|
|24||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula||1m40.382s||+1.642||21|
|25||Alexandre Bardinon||FA Racing by MP||1m40.463s||+1.723||22|
|26||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m40.587s||+1.847||22|
|27||Jasin Ferati||Monolite Racing||1m40.633s||+1.893||20|
|28||Nico Gohler||KIC Motorsport||1m41.096s||+2.356s||22|
|29||Belen Garcia||G4 Racing||1m41.875s||+3.135s||19|
|30||Gabriel Bortoleto||FA Racing||1m49.458s||+10.718s||6|
|Thomas ten Brinke||ART Grand Prix||No time|
|Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||No time|