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Montoya tops Italian F4 test day one at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photo: Ida Wood

Prema’s Sebastian Montoya went fastest on the opening day of Italian Formula 4’s in-season test at Mugello.

Four sessions were held across Tuesday, with 32 drivers in action while separate sessions catered for GP2 cars and a Formula 3 car driven by Euroformula racer Enzo Trulli.

Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen led the F4 action at the start of the day, setting a 1m48.533s to go 0.099 seconds faster than BVM Racing’s Francesco Simonazzi, who is linked to a move into Euroformula. Simonazzi had been ahead until Duerksen’s final lap of the session.

Montoya was sandwiched in fourth between Jenzer’s Santiago Ramos and Francesco Braschi, while team-mate Andrea Kimi Antonelli – who made his car racing debut at the Red Bull Ring last weekend – was just behind.

As Van Amersfoort Racing was absent from the test, some of its drivers teamed up with rivals for the day. Joshua Dufek was at Mucke, while Cenyu Han went to Cram Motorsport.

Also at Cram was WSK Super Master Series champion Rafael Camara, while karting rivals Brando Badoer and Nikhil Bohra were both at AKM Motorsport and Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing junior Kim Hwarang was at Jenzer.

US Racing’s Tim Tramnitz was the early pacesetter in session two, before Montoya moved to the top in the middle of the session with a 1m48.573s. He didn’t improve after that but stayed on top, leading team-mate Kirill Smal and Tramnitz.

Montoya spent time in first place again in session three, after Antonelli and Jenzer’s Francesco Braschi had time at the top, but three successive improvements from Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli was enough to dethrone him and lower the day’s fastest laptime to 1m48.363s.

Jenzer’s Piotr Wisnicki skipped the session, while Sergio Perez protege and Danish F4 race-winner Jesse Carrasquedo Jr turned up for the afternoon and was on track with BVM Racing.

Montoya went almost a quarter of a second faster than Fornaroli’s benchmark in the final session, with Smal, Duerksen and Fornaroli completing the top four in session four. Duerksen didn’t actually improve on his session one best, but ended the day fourth overall.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m48.129s 66
2 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m48.363s +0.234s 69
3 Kirill Smal Prema 1m48.440s +0.311s 70
4 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 1m48.533s +0.404s 70
5 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 1m48.632s +0.503s 67
6 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m48.691s +0.562s 67
7 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m48.725s +0.596s 72
8 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.739s +0.610s 68
9 Tim Tramnitz US Racing 1m48.877s +0.748s 65
10 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m48.900s +0.771s 65
11 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.958s +0.829s 81
12 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m48.979s +0.850s 70
13 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m48.990s +0.861s 75
14 Cenyu Han Cram Motorsport 1m49.023s +0.894s 83
15 Pedro Perino US Racing 1m49.067s +0.938s 55
16 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport 1m49.070s +0.941s 75
17 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.108s +0.979s 51
18 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m49.145s +1.016s 85
19 Joshua Dufek Mucke Motorsport 1m49.160s +1.031s 68
20 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 1m49.180s +1.051s 75
21 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m49.270s +1.141s 90
22 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 1m49.521s +1.392s 78
23 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport 1m49.541s +1.412s 75
24 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m49.578s +1.449s 63
25 Rafael Camara Cram Motorsport 1m49.619s +1.490s 65
26 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 1m49.824s +1.695s 88
27 Brando Badoer AKM Motorsport 1m49.889s +1.760s 72
28 Kim Hwarang Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.180s +2.051s 72
29 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.288s +2.159s 88
30 Nikhil Bohra AKM Motorsport 1m50.783s +2.654s 67
31 Jesse Carrasquedo Jr BVM Racing 1m50.906s +2.777s 38
32 Christoph Von Moos Jenzer Motorsport 2m07.003s +18.874s 39