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Fornaroli leads 40-car field spread by just 1.877s in Paul Ricard F4 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli ended the group Formula 4 test at Paul Ricard as the fastest, and just 1.877 seconds covered him and the 39 drivers behind.

Day one of the test was headed by Prema’s Sebastian Montoya with a 2m04.284s lap, and during the day it was revealed that Victor Bernier, Samir Ben, Sami Meguetounif, Eron Rexhepi, Kacper Sztuka,Tim Tramnitz and Suleiman Zanfari would race in Italian F4 this year.

An entry list for the series’ Paul Ricard season opener was published on the test’s second day and included Jenzer Motorsport driver Piotr Wisnicki, although neither he or the team have announced the scale of their 2021 F4 programme.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Ollie Bearman topped the first session of Friday’s running, being the only driver to lap sub-2m05s, then US Racing’s Tramnitz went fastest in the second part of the morning’s action.

Erroneously the timing screens showed Cram Motorsport’s Georgios Markogiannis as the pacesetter, and it wasn’t until far later that the results were corrected and the Greek was revealed to have actually been 30th fastest.

Fornaroli took control of the afternoon, being one of only eight drivers to get faster in both of the remaining sessions as well as topping each. He ended the day on a 2m04.268s that was just 0.010s faster than Prema’s Kirill Smal, and 0.086s up on Tramnitz’s morning benchmark.

Montoya, Bearman and VAR’s Joshua Dufek were all within two tenths of Fornaroli, while just outside of that bracket was Prema’s Hamda Al Qubaisi who jumped from 20th to eighth in the final session.

Her test-only team-mate Charlie Wurz was ninth fastest and VAR’s Nikita Bedrin completed a top 10 covered by 0.364s.

Sauber’s 14-year-old junior Christian Ho was an impressive 0.882s off Fornaroli’s pace in one of AKM Motorsport’s cars.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 2m04.268s 68
2 Kirill Smal Prema 2m04.278s +0.010s 65
3 Tim Tramnitz US Racing 2m04.354s +0.086s 72
4 Sebastian Montoya US Racing 2m04.389s +0.121s 65
5 Ollie Bearman US Racing 2m04.390s +0.122s 72
6 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 2m04.412s +0.144s 74
7 Luke Browning US Racing 2m04.475s +0.207s 68
8 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 2m04.481s +0.213s 72
9 Charlie Wurz Prema 2m04.625s +0.357s 66
10 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing 2m04.632s +0.364s 72
11 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 2m04.650s +0.382s 73
12 Conrad Laursen Prema 2m04.656s +0.388s 67
13 Franscesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 2m04.711s +0.443s 78
14 Vlad Lomko US Racing 2m04.755s +0.487s 67
15 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing 2m04.757s +0.489s 71
16 Sami Meguetounif R-ace GP 2m04.786s +0.518s 74
17 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 2m04.845s +0.577s 77
18 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 2m04.946s +0.592s 65
19 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 2m04.993s +0.725s 76
20 Victor Bernier R-ace GP 2m05.055s +0.787s 63
21 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport 2m05.077s +0.809s 72
22 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing 2m05.125s +0.857s 73
23 Christian Ho AKM Motorsport 2m05.150s +0.882s 79
24 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport 2m05.184s +0.916s 79
25 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 2m05.187s +0.919s 74
26 Suleiman Zanfari Cram Motorsport 2m05.219s +0.951s 78
27 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 2m05.243s +0.975s 73
28 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 2m05.391s +1.123s 74
29 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 2m05.435s +1.167s 72
30 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 2m05.522s +1.254s 68
31 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport 2m05.530s +1.262s 74
32 Pedro Perino DR Formula 2m05.605s +1.337s 46
33 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 2m05.625s +1.357s 77
34 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 2m05.640s +1.372s 51
35 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing 2m05.825s +1.557s 79
36 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 2m05.882s +1.614s 76
37 Marcus Amand R-ace GP 2m05.895s +1.627s 75
38 Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport 2m06.097s +1.829s 79
39 Alex Partyshev R-ace GP 2m06.137s +1.869s 67
40 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 2m06.145s +1.877s 66