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Ferrari junior Weug fastest in F4 testing at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photos: Ferrari Driver Academy

Ferrari junior Maya Weug was fastest in this week’s two-day Italian Formula 4 test at Mugello, driving for the Iron Lynx team she raced for last year.

Weug is one of its Iron Dames drivers, but had been tipped to move to Prema, which provides technical support to and shares its ownership with Iron Lynx, for her second F4 season. It is yet to be announced who she will race for.

The test began on Monday with Danish F4 star Noah Stromsted setting the pace for R-ace GP. He was 0.290 seconds faster than Van Amersfoort Racing’s Nikita Bedrin. While all drivers were listed as driving the first-generation Tatuus F4 car, that was only the case for Iron Lynx’s Niko Lacorte, Cram Motorsport’s Valentin Kluss, AS Motorsport’s drivers and BWR Motorsports’ Chris Rosenkranz.

Stromsted was fastest again in session two, improving to 1m48.380s to head Valerio Rinicella by 0.273s. The Italian is set to race for MP Motorsport in Spanish F4, and drove with AKM Motorsport for the day. Sauber junior Zachary David also tested with AKM.

Stromsted’s test team-mates Frederik Lund and Kacper Sztuka were the only two drivers not to improve, with both setting just a handful of laps.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Samir Ben pipped Stromsted to top spot in the first afternoon session by 0.047s, with Weug 0.089s back in third. At this point Noda Racing’s Juju Noda joined in with a Formula Regional car, and was two seconds slower than Ben despite setting 24 laps.

Stromsted returned to top spot in the final session, his new 1m48.086s benchmark putting him 0.167s clear of Bedrin and 0.191s ahead of VAR’s Martinius Stenshorne. Noda was slower than F4 cars once again.

Bedrin broke into the 1m47s and headed Stenshorne by 0.166s at the start of Tuesday’s running, with Stromsted 1.3s back in third and Noda way off the pace. She finally moved ahead of them in the next session, going a second faster than Kluss.

Weug matched Noda’s laptime in the afternoon to top the F4 table, 1.097s ahead of Kluss in session three and 0.415s faster than Stenshorne in session four. Propping up the order were two Formula X Italian Series drivers.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m47.039s 119
2 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.716s +0.677s 149
3 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.738s +0.699s 152
4 Noah Stromsted R-ace GP 1m48.000s +0.961s 115
5 Valentin Kluss Cram Motorsport 1m48.039s +1.000s 150
6 Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports 1m48.083s +1.044s 123
7 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.326s +1.287s 141
8 Kacper Sztuka R-ace GP 1m48.385s +1.346s 112
9 Niko Lacorte Iron Lynx 1m48.469s +1.430s 131
10 Valerio Rinicella AKM Motorsport 1m48.475s +1.436s 70
11 Zachary David AKM Motorsport 1m48.591s +1.552s 139
12 Ivan Domingues Iron Lynx 1m48.604s +1.565s 119
13 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.672s +1.633s 148
14 Frederik Lund R-ace GP 1m48.720s +1.681s 106
15 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.955s +1.916s 151
16 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.004s +1.965s 127
17 Marcos Flack R-ace GP 1m49.034s +1.995s 129
18 driver unknown AS Motorsport 1m49.741s +2.702s 142
19 Giovanni Maschio AS Motorsport 1m49.751s +2.712s 123
20 Chris Rosenkranz BWR Motorsports 1m50.432s +3.393s 142
21 Roberto Arne privateer 1m55.715s +8.676s 57
22 Manuel Palamenghi Dexters Motorsport 1m57.721s +10.682s 44