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Bearman tops Italian F4 free practice, Kaprzyck absent through injury

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

US Racing’s Ollie Bearman set the pace in the driest of Italian Formula 4’s four free practice sessions at Vallelunga on Wednesday.

While snow hit Monza, which is hosting the World Rally Championship title decider this weekend, it was rain that covered Vallelunga and led to drivers doing no more than four laps in the second practice session of the day and resulting in FP4 falling off the schedule.

Bearman went top in FP1, heading Cram Motorsport’s Andrea Rosso by 0.043 seconds and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jonny Edgar by 0.084s.

The top eight were covered by less than a second, with differing fates for the seven drivers going for the title runner-up spot in this weekend’s season finale.

Behind Rosso and Edgar, the next best was Prema’s Dino Beganovic in eighth, then Jak Crawford (VAR) and Gabriel Bortoleto (Prema) with identical laptimes in 10th and 11th. Bortoleto topped the slower FP3 by 0.668s from Crawford.

VAR’s Francesco Pizzi, who heads that battle in the standings, was 1.394s off the pace in 14th, while Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran was a further second back in 20th place.

After missing FP1, Abu Dhabi Racing’s Hamda Al Qubaisi ventured briefly onto track in FP2, but without the chance to set a lap in more representative conditions she ended up slowest of all by 26.6s

Cram Motorsport’s Mateusz Kaprzyk had to sit out the day entirely, and will also skip this weekend’s races due to injury.

“Unfortunately I have to miss the F4 season finale in Vallelunga due to a small ankle injury. Very unfortunate but 2020 was a good learning curve,” he said.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Oliver Bearman US Racing 1m45.871s 24
2 Andrea Rosso Cram Motorsport 1m45.914s +0.043s 25
3 Jonny Edgar Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.955s +0.084s 27
4 Jesse Salmenautio Bhaitech 1m46.380s +0.509s 26
5 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m46.655s +0.784s 24
6 Kirill Smal Prema 1m46.662s +0.791s 23
7 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 1m46.664s +0.793s 28
8 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m46.684s +0.813s 23
9 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m46.871s +1.000s 28
10 Jak Crawford Van Amersfoort Racing 1m46.974s +1.103s 26
11 Gabriel Bortoleto Prema 1m46.974s +1.103s 26
12 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m47.147s +1.276s 26
13 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m47.220s +1.349s 17
14 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.265s +1.394s 26
15 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.464s +1.593s 24
16 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Technorace 1m47.631s +1.760s 23
17 Sebastian Ogaard Bhaitech 1m47.801s +1.930s 22
18 Diego Contecha Mucke Motorsport 1m47.812s +1.941s 26
19 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m47.995s +2.124s 23
20 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.277s +2.406s 25
21 Yaroslav Shevyrtalov Iron Lynx 1m48.290s +2.419s 26
22 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m48.460s +2.589s 22
23 Jasin Ferati Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.718s +2.847s 21
24 Dexter Patterson Bhaitech 1m48.902s +3.031s 24
25 Tikhon Kharitonov Bhaitech 1m49.029s +3.158s 22
26 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.120s +3.249s 22
27 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.950s +4.079s 25
28 Pietro Armanni BVM Technorace 1m50.198s +4.327s 20
29 Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport 1m50.709s +4.838s 23
30 Taylor Barnard AKM Motorsport 1m55.138s +9.267s 18
31 Pedro Perino DR Formula 2m06.035s +20.164s 10
32 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing 2m12.471s +26.600s 8