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Luca Ghiotto fastest in Monza F2 practice, but faces investigation

by Kyran Gibbons

Photo: Joe Portlock / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship

Virtuosi Racing’s Luca Ghiotto topped the timesheet in Formula 2 practice ahead of his home round at Monza, but is under investigation along with team-mate Guanyu Zhou for using a wet tyres in the session.

The track was partially damp at the start of the 45-minute practice, but the session was not declared wet by race control. While the rest of the field carried out installation laps on dry compound tyres, both Virtuosi drivers completed their first laps on the wet tyre, and were soon placed under investigation by the stewards.

Practice was effectively reduced to a 20 minute session, as Ferrari junior Callum Ilott, Marino Sato and Mahaveer Raghunathan were the only drivers to set times in the early stages.

When the rest of the field emerged, championship leader Nyck de Vries set the benchmark pace and was 0.8s clear of the field after his second timed lap.

But his advantage was quickly eroded and de Vries opted to abort a lap which would have seen him extend his lead at the top of the times, recording a session best sector two split, with five minutes to go.

Ghiotto then posted a 1m33.017s time to vault to first, edging de Vries by 0.103s – a pacesetting effort that was not beaten.

Carlin’s Louis Deletraz, who posted a rapid sector one split time, was third and narrowly edged team-mate and 2017 Monza feature race polesitter Nobuharu Matsushita in fourth.

Renault junior Jack Aitken was fifth for Campos, ahead of Williams reserve and championship challenger Nicholas Latifi and the second Virtuosi of Zhou in seventh.

Mick Schumacher and team-mate Sean Gelael ended up eighth and ninth for Prema while early pacesetter Ilott rounded out the top 10.

Only 17 cars have been entered into the Monza round following the tragic events at Spa-Francorchamps. Arden, Trident and the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz field just one car each this weekend.

Free Practice results


Pos Name Team Time
1 Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing 1m33.017s
2 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +0.103s
3 Louis Deletraz Carlin +0.281s
4 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +0.371s
5 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +0.659s
6 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +0.663s
7 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +0.690s
8 Mich Schumacher Prema +0.751s
9 Sean Gelael Prema +0.774s
10 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +0.938s
11 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS +0.956s
12 Giuliano Alesi Trident +1.006s
13 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +1.047s
14 Jordan King MP Motorsport +1.539s
15 Marino Sato Campos Racing +2.059s
16 Tatiana Calderon Arden International +3.674s
17 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport +3.892s