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Euroformula Open leader Marino Sato sets FP1 pace at Spa

by Ida Wood

Photo: Iain Mackenzie

Euroformula Open championship leader Marino Sato set the free practice pace at Spa-Francorchamps, which marked the return of RP Motorsport.

The Italian team, the most successful in EF Open history, had a pointless first round of the season and has absent since while switching from Piedrafita to Spiess engines. Javier Gonzalez got the team into eighth place, 1.683 seconds off the pace of Sato.

Motopark driver Sato and Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist were the only two drivers to break into the 2m12s, with Lundqvist’s late flyer putting him 0.157s behind.

Joining Lundqvist in setting a lap just before the chequered flag was Teo Martin Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner, who ended up almost a second behind with Sato’s team-mate Yuki Tsunoda.

Carlin’s Christian Hahn made it four teams in the top five, some distance ahead of Tsunoda’s fellow Red Bull junior and team-mate Liam Lawson.

Pierre-Louis Chovet put the second RP Motorsport car in 10th place, while title-winning MSV F3 Cup team CF Racing made its championship debut with 18th and 20th for Stefano Leaney and Stuart Wiltshire.

They sandwiched Drivex School’s Franco Colapinto, stepping up from Spanish Formula 4 with Drivex School.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Marino Sato Motopark 2m12.726s
2 Linus Lundqvist Double R Racing +0.157s
3 Lukas Dunner Teo Martin Motorsport +0.955s
4 Yuki Tsunoda Motopark +0.972s
5 Christian Hahn Carlin +1.058s
6 Liam Lawson Motopark +1.407s
7 Nicolai Kjaergaard Carlin +1.617s
8 Javier Gonzalez RP Motorsport +1.683s
9 Julian Hanses Motopark +1.774s
10 Pierre-Louis Chovet RP Motorsport +1.837s
11 Teppei Natori Carlin +1.844s
12 Billy Monger Carlin +1.929s
13 Jack Doohan Double R Racing +2.347s
14 Guilherme Samaia Teo Martin Motorsport +2.386s
15 Calan Williams Fortec Motorsports +2.495s
16 Rui Andrade Drivex School +2.817s
17 Cameron Das Fortec Motorsports +2.879s
18 Stefano Leaney CF Racing +3.356s
19 Franco Colapinto Drivex School +5.007s
20 Stuart Wiltshire CF Racing +5.150s
21 Aldo Festante Teo Martin Motorsport no time