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Bearman heads Montoya in Italian F4 practice at Imola

by Ida Wood

Photo: Ida Wood

Italian Formula 4 points leader Ollie Bearman set the pace for Van Amersfoort Racing in Friday free practice at Imola.

Bearman’s fastest lap came in the late afternoon session, in which he was actually the very first to set a lap.

Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli however was the early pacesetter, before Bearman jumped to top eight minutes into the session with a 1m45.890s lap.

Two-and-a-half minutes later that bettered by Prema duo Sebastian Montoya and Kirill Smal, with a second flying lap from Smal bringing him to within less than a tenth of a second of Montoya’s pace. Bearman sat in third, with Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen in fourth.

That was the order when the session was stopped due to DR Formula’s Pedro Perino going off, and it took a while for improvements to come in once FP2 resumed. Bearman returned to the top with 11 minutes to go of the 40-minute session, with Jenzer Motorsport’s Francesco Beaschi then his closest rival before Montoya improved.

Montoya then went back to first place with nine minutes to go, and Bearman was shuffled down to third by Fornaroli a minute later. Bearman responded by going 0.035s faster than Montoya, who was going to go on a lap to try to beat it before the track went under full course yellow conditions due to AKM Motorsport’s Lorenzo Patrese stopping.

Green flags were waved again with just enough time for final laps to be put in, and Bearman secured first place over Montoya.

In FP1 it had been Montoya who set the pace, but the session took place in warmer conditions that slowed the cars down compared to FP2. Jenzer’s Santiago Ramos and Fornaroli traded top spot early on in the session, before Montoya and Smal came to the fore. Their occupation of the top two spots was broken towards the end by Bearman.

Duerksen, Prema’s debuting Maceo Capietto and Hamda Al Qubaisi, AKM’s Levente Revesz and Perino all set their best laps in FP1.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ollie Bearman Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.540s 36
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m44.575s +0.035s 30
3 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m44.894s +0.354s 35
4 Kirill Smal Prema 1m44.990s +0.450s 30
5 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.035s +0.495s 31
6 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.054s +0.514s 36
8 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport 1m45.194s +0.654s 30
7 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m45.136s +0.596s 34
9 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.308s +0.768s 34
10 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.331s +0.791s 32
11 Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport 1m45.415s +0.875s 33
12 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m45.425s +0.885s 30
13 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.432s +0.892s 35
14 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 1m45.485s +0.945s 25
15 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m45.566s +1.026s 30
16 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m45.580s +1.040s 26
17 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 1m45.634s +1.094s 31
18 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.692s +1.152s 33
19 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.738s +1.198s 26
20 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 1m45.779s +1.239s 36
21 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.875s +1.335s 35
22 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.899s +1.359s 27
23 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m45.900s +1.360s 30
24 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m46.082s +1.542s 33
25 Maceo Capietto Prema 1m46.171s +1.631s 31
26 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport 1m46.280s +1.740s 32
27 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing 1m46.398s +1.858s 31
28 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport 1m46.634s +2.094s 29
29 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 1m46.817s +2.277s 33
30 Pedro Perino DR Formula 1m47.027s +2.487s 23