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Antonelli ahead in Italian F4 practice at Vallelunga

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Andrea Kimi Antonelli was fastest by 0.321 seconds in Italian Formula 4’s Friday free practice at Vallelunga.

He and championship-leading Prema team-mate Rafael Camara were the drivers to beat in both sessions, with Antonelli leading the way early on in the morning one.

Camara then moved ahead by 0.091 seconds, and his 1m34.856s lap set with 11 minutes to go was enough to keep him in first place until the chequered flag.

Antonelli improved to end up just 0.023s behind, with PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard in third for much of the session and just 0.111s slower than Camara.

US Racing’s Alex Dunne and Marcus Amand were fourth and fifth, 0.173s and 0.193s back respectively. Less than half a second covered the top 10, which was completed by another US driver in Nikhil Bohra. Bohra had initially been Antonelli’s closest rival at the start of running.

FP2 was almost a reverse of FP1, as Camara was the early pacesetter and led the way on a 1m34.993s when red flags were waved as Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jules Castro had gone into the gravel at turn 14.

The stoppage lasted seven minutes, and it took a while for any laptime improvements to come in after with more noticably AS Motorsport’s Manuel Quondamcarlo getting black flagged in the interim.

Eventually Dunne usurped Camara with 16 minutes to go, setting the fastest lap of the day in the process, but a minute later Antonelli went faster with a 1m34.528s lap that put him 0.311s clear.

Camara had got that gap down to 0.180s with 10 minutes remaining, with Dunne shuffled down to fourth by Prema’s James Wharton, but then Antonelli improved two more times to top the table with a 1m34.112s.

The additional pace then found by Camara wasn’t enough, while Dunne, Amand and their US team-mate Kacper Sztuka improved in the positions immediately below.

Conrad Laursen, Nikita Bedrin, Georgios Markogiannis, Andrea Frassineti, Castro and Quondamcarlo all set their best laps in FP1.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m34.112s 33
2 Rafael Camara Prema 1m34.433s +0.321s 34
3 Alex Dunne US Racing 1m34.523s +0.411s 35
4 Marcus Amand US Racing 1m34.560s +0.448s 36
5 Kacper Sztuka US Racing 1m34.567s +0.455s 37
6 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m34.710s +0.598s 31
7 James Wharton Prema 1m34.737s +0.625s 35
8 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.897s +0.785s 40
9 Nikhil Bohra US Racing 1m34.927s +0.815s 36
10 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing 1m34.967s +0.855s 37
11 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.046s +0.934s 38
12 Jonas Ried PHM Racing 1m35.236s +1.124s 32
13 Valerio Rinicella AKM Motorsport 1m35.244s +1.132s 34
14 Ivan Domingues Iron Lynx 1m35.249s +1.137s 39
15 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m35.255s +1.143s 40
16 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m35.289s +1.177s 32
17 Valentin Kluss Jenzer Motorport 1m35.316s +1.204s 32
18 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.333s +1.221s 36
19 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing 1m35.375s +1.263s 37
20 Pedro Perino US Racing 1m35.476s +1.364s 32
21 Frederik Lund R-ace GP 1m35.589s +1.477s 34
22 William Karlsson BVM Racing 1m35.633s +1.521s 38
23 Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports 1m35.675s +1.563s 37
24 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport 1m35.708s +1.596s 27
25 Elia Sperandio Maffi Racing 1m35.819s +1.707s 36
26 Viktoria Blokhina PHM Racing 1m35.911s +1.799s 40
27 Adam Fitzgerald R-ace GP 1m35.925s +1.813s 26
28 Kim Hwarang BVM Racing 1m35.966s +1.854s 35
29 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport 1m36.225s +2.113s 38
30 Andrea Frassineti Cars Racing 1m36.252s +2.140s 40
31 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.319s +2.207s 25
32 Ismail Akhmed AKM Motorsport 1m36.538s +2.426s 40
33 Manuel Quondamcarlo AS Motorsport 1m36.720s +2.608s 34
34 Rishab Jain BWR Motorsports 1m36.755s +2.643s 38
35 Nelson Neto Cram Motorsport 1m36.871s +2.759s 40
36 Nicholas Monteiro Cram Motorsport 1m36.951s +2.839s 38
37 Giovanni Maschio AS Motorsport 1m36.983s +2.871s 35