Victor Bernier and Kirill Smal set identical laptimes to sit atop the leaderboard in the second Italian Formula 4 free practice session at Misano.
The order frequently changed in the final quarter of the 40-minute session, with Mucke Motorsport’s Jonas Ried the surprise pacesetter ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Ollie Bearman with 10 minutes to go.
Prema’s Sebastian Montoya and Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli soon jumped past by a third of a second, with Bearman also improving to go past Ried, before Fornaroli posted another personal best to go the top just as R-ace GP’s Bernier rose to third.
But it was Bernier’s team-mate Sami Meguetounif who was fastest with five minutes to go, posting a 1m34.496s lap as Bernier improved again to retain third behind Fornaroli.
Smal was also increasing his pace, and in the final minutes it became a duel between the Prema driver and Bernier for top spot. Remarkably, both set a 1m34.393s to go joint top.
Fornaroli, Montoya and Meguetounif completed the top five, spread by little over a tenth of a second, with Mucke’s Joshua Duerksen 0.256s back in sixth.
Ried and Bearman were shuffled down to eighth and ninth places behind Prema’s Hamda Al Qubaisi.
Only 29 drivers set laps, with Jenzer Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos sitting out the session due to a broken back. Cram Motorsport’s Vittorio Catino was also absent as he is in quarantine since a family member recently contracted COVID-19. Catino’s team-mates are also not racing this weekend.
Free practice results
|1||Victor Bernier||R-ace GP||1m34.393s||18|
|3||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||1m34.443s||+0.050s||19|
|5||Sami Meguetounif||R-ace GP||1m34.496s||+0.103s||17|
|6||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||1m34.649s||+0.256s||18|
|7||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||1m34.704s||+0.311s||19|
|8||Jonas Ried||Mucke Motorsport||1m34.843s||+0.450s||16|
|9||Ollie Bearman||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m34.862s||+0.469s||22|
|10||Nicolas Baptiste||Cram Motorsport||1m34.888s||+0.495s||20|
|11||Erick Zuniga||Mucke Motorsport||1m34.890s||+0.497s||18|
|13||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m35.008s||+0.615s||21|
|14||Nikita Bedrin||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m35.019s||+0.626s||22|
|15||Francesco Braschi||Jenzer Motorsport||1m35.098s||+0.705s||18|
|16||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||1m35.141s||+0.748s||16|
|17||Cenyu Han||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m35.148s||+0.755s||22|
|18||Maya Weug||Iron Lynx||1m35.155s||+0.762s||18|
|19||Marcus Amand||R-ace GP||1m35.228s||+0.835s||15|
|20||Eron Rexhepi||BVM Racing||1m35.234s||+0.841s||20|
|21||Kacper Sztuka||AS Motorsport||1m35.246s||+0.853s||18|
|22||Leonardo Bizzotto||BVM Racing||1m35.298s||+0.905s||18|
|23||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||1m35.344s||+0.951s||18|
|24||Bence Valint||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m35.345s||+0.952s||21|
|25||Samir Ben||Jenzer Motorsport||1m35.482s||+1.089s||17|
|26||Pietro Armanni||Iron Lynx||1m35.524s||+1.131s||18|
|27||Jorge Garciarce||Jenzer Motorsport||1m35.647s||+1.254s||17|
|28||Pedro Perino||DR Formula||1m35.772s||+1.379s||20|
|29||Levente Revesz||AKM Motorsport||1m35.930s||+1.537s||22|
|30||Santiago Ramos||Jenzer Motorsport||no time||0|