In only his second single-seater race weekend, Andrea Kimi Antonelli set the pace in Italian Formula 4 free practice at Mugello.
The Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior was one of the pacesetters throughout the first half of the 40-minute second practice session, before setting a lap that was 1.13 seconds faster than anybody else at one point.
Van Amersfoort Racing’s Joshua Dufek was fastest in FP1, setting a 2m04.611s in a considerably slower session on a wet track, but he continued his strong pace into FP2 and ended practice 0.171s down on Prema’s Antonelli.
In a strong showing for VAR, despite having opted to miss September’s two-day Mugello test, as Nikita Bedrin was a tenth further back in third and championship leader Ollie Bearman was sixth for the team. However Cenyu Han, who did attend the test, was unable to get out on track in his car.
Leonardo Fornaroli (Iron Lynx) had been one of the drivers trading times at the top, and put in some consistently fast laps, and he ended practice in fourth, just ahead of Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen who had been fastest before the 29-car field pitted for tyres for the final time.
Behind Bearman were title rivals Kirill Smal (Prema) and Tim Tramnitz (US Racing), with the remaining title contender Sebastian Montoya over a second off the pace in 19th.
Having switched from AS Motorsport to Iron Lynx, Kacper Sztuka was seventh in the morning session. However, in the dry afternoon session he could only manage 17th place.
British Formula 4 race-winner Oliver Gray, replacing Eron Rexhepi at BVM, was 23rd fastest ahead of his series debut. Cram was notably without Georgios Markogiannis.
Free practice results
|1||Andrea Kimi Antonelli||Prema||1m47.673s||26|
|2||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m47.844s||+0.171s||36|
|3||Nikita Bedrin||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m47.942s||+0.269s||32|
|4||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||1m48.081s||+0.408s||28|
|5||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||1m48.106s||+0.433s||34|
|6||Ollie Bearman||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m48.144s||+0.471s||31|
|8||Tim Tramnitz||US Racing||1m48.338s||+0.665s||30|
|9||Francesco Braschi||Jenzer Motorsport||1m48.426s||+0.753s||30|
|10||Santiago Ramos||Jenzer Motorsport||1m48.446s||+0.773s||29|
|11||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||1m48.541s||+0.868s||25|
|13||Bence Valint||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m48.607s||+0.934s||31|
|14||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||1m48.619s||+0.946s||31|
|15||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||1m48.644s||+0.971s||28|
|16||Pedro Perino||US Racing||1m48.673s||+1.000s||31|
|17||Kacper Sztuka||Iron Lynx||1m48.715s||+1.042s||31|
|18||Erick Zuniga||Mucke Motorsport||1m48.757s||+1.084s||34|
|20||Maya Weug||Iron Lynx||1m49.091s||+1.418s||31|
|21||Leonardo Bizzotto||BVM Racing||1m49.257s||+1.584s||33|
|22||Francesco Simonazzi||BVM Racing||1m49.344s||+1.671s||34|
|23||Oliver Gray||BVM Racing||1m49.563s||+1.890s||32|
|24||Jonas Ried||Mucke Motorsport||1m49.700s||+2.027s||32|
|25||Levente Revesz||AKM Motorsport||1m49.769s||+2.096s||30|
|26||Jorge Garciarce||Jenzer Motorsport||1m49.779s||+2.106s||32|
|27||Nicolas Baptiste||Cram Motorsport||1m49.837s||+2.164s||31|
|28||Samir Ben||Jenzer Motorsport||1m49.970s||+2.297s||32|
|29||Pietro Armanni||Iron Lynx||1m50.799s||+3.126s||25|
|30||Cenyu Han||Van Amersfoort Racing||no time||0|