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Colapinto tops Formula Renault Eurocup free practice at Monza

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Frédéric Le Floc’h / DPPI

MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto topped the times in free practice for the first round of the 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup season at Monza.

The reigning Spanish Formula 4 champion was a late call up for the season, but got up to pace quickly.

After an impressive run in the pre-event test, Colapinto topped the first free practice session in Monza with a 1m47.187s lap, almost half a second quicker than team-mate Hadrien David.

The Argeninian couldn’t quite find the same pace during the second session. He topped the order early on but fell down the standings as others found improvements. However, his morning lap time wouldn’t be beaten.

JD Motorsport’s William Alatalo topped free practice two with a lap time of 1m47.490s, putting him second quickest overall ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins and David.

FA Racing by Manor’s Amaury Cordeel’s free practice one time was enough to put him fifth quickest overall.

Tijmen van der Helm spent most of the first practice session in the pits. It wasn’t until the second half of the 50-minute session that the FA Racing driver ventured onto the track. Despite the delay, he quickly got on pace and ended the session fourth fastest with a time that would put him sixth overall.

Alex Quinn was the best placed Arden car, his FP2 time putting him seventh ahead of Lorenzo Colombo, Joey Alders, and Caio Collet.


Free Practice results
Pos Driver Team FP1 FP2 Gap
1 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m47.187s 1m48.150s
2 William Alatalo JD Motorsport 1m47.831s 1m47.490s +0.303s
3 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m47.706s 1m47.503s +0.316s
4 Hadrien David MP Motorsport 1m47.595s 1m48.363s +0.408s
5 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor 1m47.623s 1m48.423s +0.436s
6 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor 1m47.649s 1m48.437s +0.462s
8 Alex Quinn Arden 1m47.781s 1m47.774s +0.587s
7 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m47.778s 1m48.137s +0.591s
9 Joey Alders MP Motorsport 1m47.826s 1m48.647s +0.639s
10 Caio Collet R-ace GP 1m48.063s 1m47.899s +0.712s
11 Mikhael Belov M2 Competition 1m48.408s 1m47.970s +0.783s
12 Petr Ptacek R-ace GP 1m48.321s 1m47.996s +0.809s
13 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m48.242s 1m48.076s +0.889s
14 Ugo de Wilde Arden 1m48.088s 1m48.153s +0.901s
15 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech 1m48.093s 1m48.530s +0.906s
16 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix 1m48.378s 1m48.148s +0.961s
17 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech 1m48.531s 1m49.235s +1.344s
18 Reshad de Gerus Arden 1m56.635s 1m48.870s +1.683s