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Antonelli fastest in pre-season Formula 4 test at Red Bull Ring

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Scout

Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli set the pace in Italian Formula 4 pre-season testing at the Red Bull Ring this weekend.

The two-day test consisted of four sessions, with the Wednesday afternoon session running significantly shorter than the others.

It was US Racing’s Alex Dunne who initially set the pace on Tuesday morning, his only session of the day before handing the #22 car over to Pedro Perino for the afternoon, and he posted a 1m32.481s lap.

He brought that benchmark down to 1m32.077s, with fellow US Racing driver Marcus Amand send fastest through the first two hours of the day. Antonelli then squeezed himself to the top, setting a 1m32.048s, and soon drivers were breaking into the 1m31s.

Rafael Camara headed Antonelli with 15 minutes to go, but he improved late on to top the session with a 1m32.474s lap to lead a Prema 1-2-3 completed by the recently signed Charlie Wurz. There was a late red flag caused by AS Motorsport’s Giovanni Maschio.

Antonelli went fastest by one thousandth of a second to top the afternoon session, with Wurz 0.125s back in second and Camara third. This time Nikhil Bohra set the early pace for US Racing, before Antonelli came to the fore and improved several times to keep himself in first place. There was also a late red flag in this session.

Wurz started Thursday by bettering Antonelli’s Wednesday pace, topping the morning with a 1m31.461s lap. Camara pipped Antonelli to second place, and Dunne was back in at US Racing and was fourth fastest ahead of Amand and AKM Motorsport’s unnamed driver who all improved on their previous pace.

BVM Racing’s Kim Hwarang was on top for most of the afternoon session, but with 11 minutes to go was usurped by Antonelli and then eventually Wurz and Camara too. Antonelli and Hwarang set their personal bests, which put Antonelli on top of the overall test leaderboard, and Jesse Carrasquedo Jr and Sauber junior Zachary David also went faster for AKM Motorsport.

Fifth fastest in the session was Dunne, ahead of David and Peroni. During the test, Cram Motorsport announced that Georgis Markogiannis will be part of its Italian F4 line-up for a third successive year.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m31.227s 198
2 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m31.461s +0.234s 193
3 Rafael Camara Prema 1m31.518s +0.291s 193
4 Kim Hwarang BVM Racing 1m31.705s +0.478s 158
5 Alex Dunne US Racing 1m31.725s +0.498s 136
6 Marcus Amand US Racing 1m31.861s +0.634s 168
7 Nikhil Bohra US Racing 1m31.885s +0.658s 173
8 Zachary David AKM Motorsport 1m31.944s +0.717s 190
9 Pedro Perino US Racing 1m31.973s +0.746s 151
10 #77 AKM 3 AKM Motorsport 1m31.987s +0.760s 204
11 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m32.073s +0.846s 198
12 James Wharton Prema 1m32.103s +0.876s 196
13 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m32.400s +1.173s 187
14 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport 1m32.520s +1.293s 157
15 Jesse Carrasquedo Jr AKM Motorsport 1m32.547s +1.320s 186
16 Niko Lacorte Iron Lynx 1m32.609s +1.382s 159
17 Giovanni Maschio AS Motorsport 1m32.723s +1.496s 116
18 Anshul Gandhi Cram Motorsport 1m33.283s +2.056s 203