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Antonelli fastest in practice for second Italian F4 appearance at Mugello

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: ACI Sport

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

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
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
7 Kirill Smal Prema 1m48.263s +0.590s 24
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
12 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m48.584s +0.911s 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
19 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m48.836s +1.163s 25
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