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Duerksen fastest in Italian F4 test as F1 teams’ karting proteges star

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen set the pace on the opening day of Italian Formula 4’s in-season test at Vallelunga.

The Paraguayan was fastest in each of the three-hour sessions held on Tuesday, setting a 1m34.066s in the morning session and 1m33.913s in the afternoon.

Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team’s protege Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who is currently still karting, was second to Duerksen in the morning by 0.319 seconds, but he was one of only two drivers who did not get faster after that and sank to ninth overall.

The other was Brando Badoer, son of former F1 driver Luca Badoer, was the other driver who set his best laptime in the morning and was 12th fastest for the same AKM Motorsport team that Antonelli was driving for.

They weren’t the only two karters in action, with Sauber junior Christian Ho also driving for AKM, Rafael Camara with Cram Motorsport and recent karting graduate Carlo Tamburini driving for Corbetta Competizione.

Third fastest overall was Charlie Wurz, whose 2021 focus is a test programme with Prema over spending another year in karts. His team-mate Hamda Al Qubaisi ended the day in fourth place.

AKM’s regular driver Lorenzo Patrese was third fastest in the morning and fifth in the afternoon, while Jenzer Motorsport’s Francesco Braschi came in sixth place in both sessions.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 1m33.913s 105
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m33.915s +0.002s 96
3 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m34.052s +0.139s 105
4 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m34.124s +0.211s 102
5 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m34.162s +0.249s 86
6 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.304s +0.391s 90
7 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.360s +0.447s 77
8 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m34.381s +0.468s 101
9 Andrea Kimi Antonelli AKM Motorsport 1m34.385s +0.472s 59
10 Kirill Smal Prema 1m34.391s +0.478s 95
11 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 1m34.423s +0.510s 103
12 Brando Badoer AKM Motorsport 1m35.438s +0.525s 81
13 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m34.484s +0.571s 103
14 Christian Ho AKM Motorsport 1m34.499s +0.586s 102
15 Rafael Camara Cram Motorsport 1m34.554s +0.641s 85
16 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport 1m34.566s +0.653s 102
17 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.679s +0.766s 124
18 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.767s +0.854s 102
19 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 1m34.768s +0.855s 103
20 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m34.817s +0.904s 84
21 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing 1m35.125s +1.212s 101
22 Pedro Perino DR Formula 1m35.311s +1.398s 104
23 M Butti Cram Motorsport 1m35.864s +1.951s 109
24 Carlo Tamburini Corbetta Competizione 1m36.232s +2.319s 106
25 PHM Mucke Motorsport 1m36.422s +2.509s 93
26 KS Mucke Motorsport 1m36.652s +2.739s 101