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Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli tops pre-season Italian F4 test at Monza

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli was fastest over two days of testing for Italian Formula 4 teams at Monza.

Sunday featured four one-hour sessions, and it was Mucke Motorsport’s returnee Joshua Duerksen who laid down the pace to beat in the first of those with a 1m54.206s lap. Prema’s Sebastian Montoya, Fornaroli and BVM Racing’s Francesco Simonazzi were his closest rivals, with Simonazzi having been fastest early on.

The session ended early as a result of a red flag period caused by Prema’s Conrad Laursen, and the reigning Danish F4 champion’s time on track was limited thereon as a result of his session-ending incident.

His team-mate Kirill Smal was fastest by almost six tenths of a second ahead of Fornaroli and R-ace GP’s Victor Bernier in session two, which was also red flagged as a result of BVM’s Leonardo Bizzotto hitting trouble. The pace was an improvement on session one for everyone bar Duerksen.

The first of the afternoon sessions was slower for most, with top spot being traded through the session between Simonazzi, Smal and Fornaroli. It was Foronaroli who ended up on top with a very late lap, with Smal in second with a lap set shortly after a mid-session red flag caused by test team-mate Charlie Wurz.

Wurz, whose father is Alex, wasn’t the only relation of a Formula 1 driver in action as 1992 world championship runner-up Riccardo Patrese’s son Lorenzo went third fastest for AKM Motorsport.

Fornaroli was fastest again in the final session of the day, becoming the only driver of the test to lap sub-1m53s.

Bizzotto Mucke’s Erick Zuniga were two of several names to appear at the top of the timesheet during the session, while Montoya was the only of Prema’s five drivers to improve on their morning pace.

Monday’s running was split into one lengthy session for the morning and one for the afternoon, and Fornaroli was the driver to beat in the morning ahead of the improving Zuniga, Montoya and Duerksen.

Duerksen improved again to top the afternoon session and go third fastest overall. Fornaroli was second in the session and R-ace’s Sami Meguetounif completed the top three and jumped up to eighth overall.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m52.739s 123
2 Kirill Smal Prema 1m53.081s +0.342s 116
3 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 1m53.246s +0.507s 123
4 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m53.318s +0.579s 119
5 Victor Bernier R-ace GP 1m53.334s +0.595s 118
6 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m53.348s +0.609s 117
7 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport 1m53.441s +0.702s 122
8 Sami Meguetounif R-ace GP 1m53.537s +0.798s 137
9 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport 1m53.572s +0.833s 131
10 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m53.587s +0.848s 145
11 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 1m53.691s +0.952s 122
12 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m53.857s +1.118s 142
13 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m53.904s +1.165s 133
14 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 1m53.934s +1.195s 78
15 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m53.939s +1.200s 126
16 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m53.978s +1.239s 88
17 Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport 1m53.992s +1.253s 135
18 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m54.041s +1.302s 119
19 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing 1m54.249s +1.510s 135
20 Marcus Amand R-ace GP 1m54.436s +1.697s 124
21 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 1m54.506s +1.767s 132
22 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 1m54.743s +2.004s 120
23 Alan Czyz DR Formula 1m55.952s +3.213s 132