Formula Regional European Championship and Italian Formula 4’s pre-season testing has begun at Mugello, with the surprise addition of Jamie Chadwick at Prema.
The W Series and MRF Challenge champion was the slowest of the six FREC cars on day one of the test, lapping 2.614 seconds off the pace set by team-mate and F4 graduate Gianluca Petecof. She took the place of the absent Roman Stanek.
In second place was FIA F3 Championship-bound Matteo Nannini, who joined DR Formula and was 0.320s from the front.
Petecof’s Prema F4 team-mate Oliver Rasmussen and fellow Ferrari junior Arthur Leclerc were both within a second of his best lap, and sandwiched DR’s Emidio Pesce in fourth place.
In the 16-strong Italian F4 continent, Prema was on top again with Nicolas Todt protege Gabriele Mini. He was almost half a second up on Cram Motorsport’s Andrea Rosso, with Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran and Prema’s Ferrari junior Dino Beganovic not far behind.
Lorenzo Patrese, the 14-year-old son of 1992 Formula 1 world championship runner-up Riccardo, was 10th fastest for the Kart Republic-linked AKM Motorsport team.
He notably beat Bhaitech’s Formula Renault Eurocup racer Nicola Marinangeli, standing in for Jesse Salmenautio, and Sauber-linked karting graduate Dexter Patterson.
|2||Matteo Nannini||DR Formula||1m42.629s||+0.320s||F3R|
|4||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula||1m43.206s||+0.897s||F3R|
|2||Andrea Rosso||Cram Motorsport||1m48.316s||+0.472s||F4|
|3||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1m48.355s||+0.511s||F4|
|6||Francesco Simonazzi||DRZ Benelli||1m48.593s||+0.749s||F4|
|9||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||1m49.126s||+1.282s||F4|
|10||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||1m49.376s||+1.532s||F4|
|12||Jasin Ferati||Jenzer Motorsport||1m49.659s||+1.815s||F4|
|14||Francesco Braschi||AS Motorsport||1m50.268s||+2.424s||F4|
|15||Pietro Negra||AKM Motorsport||1m51.164s||+3.320s||F4|
|16||Samir Ben||Jenzer Motorsport||1m52.879s||+5.035s||F4|