Francesco Pizzi topped both of the afternoon sessions in Italian Formula 4’s in-season Monza test to end the day with a quarter-second advantage over the rest of the field.
The title-contending Italian was outshone by Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran in the morning, with the Romanian going fastest in the first two sessions of the day and by some margin.
He continued to improve in the afternoon, only just being bettered by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pizzi in session three. Drivers lost the final few minutes of that session due to Prema driver Dino Beganovic getting his car stuck on track.
The majority of the 30-car grid improved in the grippier conditions after the lunch break, with Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli rising from 16th to fourth behind Pizzi, Ugran and Prema’s Sebastian Montoya.
Bhaitech struggled to find pace in the morning, with Jesse Salmenautio down in 26th after the first two sessions, but he found substantial gains to jump to 11th in session three.
Fornaroli was bumped down to fifth in the final session – interrupted by a red flag caused by Cram Motorsport’s Greek driver Georgios Markogiannis – as title rivals Pizzi and Gabriele Mini (Prema) upped the pace and the latter slotted into fourth.
The next quickest driver to improve at the last chance was VAR’s Bence Valint, who went from 19th up to seventh on the timesheet.
Propping up the order was BVM Racing’s test debutant Noam Abramczyk. The French teenager is competing in shifter karts this year, and raced in championships in karting’s junior categories in 2019.
|1||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m53.146s||70|
|2||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1m53.401s||+0.255s||70|
|5||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||1m53.618s||+0.472s||70|
|7||Bence Valint||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m53.775s||+0.629s||70|
|8||Santiago Ramos||Jenzer Motorsport||1m53.778s||+0.632s||68|
|9||Jasin Ferati||Jenzer Motorsport||1m53.781s||+0.635s||70|
|10||Francesco Simonazzi||BVM Racing||1m54.019s||+0.873s||63|
|12||Andrea Rosso||Cram Motorsport||1m54.223s||+1.077s||73|
|15||Pietro Delli Guanti||BVM Racing||1m54.376s||+1.230s||70|
|16||Taylor Barnard||AKM Motorsport||1m54.456s||+1.310s||74|
|17||Francesco Braschi||Jenzer Motorsport||1m54.589s||+1.443s||75|
|18||Sebastian Freymuth||AS Motorsport||1m54.692s||+1.546s||75|
|19||Nicolas Baptiste||Cram Motorsport||1m54.713s||+1.567s||67|
|21||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m54.984s||+1.838s||76|
|22||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||1m54.997s||+1.851s||73|
|24||Cenyu Han||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m55.014s||+1.868s||64|
|25||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||1m55.044s||+1.898s||69|
|26||Lorenzo Fluxa||AKM Motorsport||1m55.083s||+1.937s||70|
|27||Vittorio Catino||Cram Motorsport||1m55.200s||+2.054s||67|
|28||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing||1m55.382s||+2.236s||70|
|29||Georgios Markogiannis||Cram Motorsport||1m55.629s||+2.483s||58|
|30||Noam Abramczyk||BVM Racing||1m56.871s||+3.725s||72|