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Prema on top in Italian F4 free practice at Mugello, Barnard 15th fastest

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Prema’s Gabriel Bortoleto and Gabriele Mini laid down the pace in free practice for the Italian Formula 4 round at Mugello.

Mini was fastest in the morning session by 0.159s over Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar, who got even closer to the pace in FP2 in the afternoon. The Van Amersfoort Racing was just 0.026s slower than Mini in FP2, but Bortoleto was 0.014s faster than his team-mate to end the day as the driver to beat going into qualifying.

Jesse Salmenautio was third in FP1, but he and his Bhaitech team-mates made changes that didn’t work their way in the afternoon and they ended up going slower, as did debuting Nico Rosberg protege Taylor Barnard at AKM Motorsport.

Salmenautio and Barnard ended up being shuffled down to 11th and 15th respectively, while Prema’s Dino Beganovic and Sebastian Montoya found the same gains as their Prema team-mates later in the day and rose up to fourth and sixth, sandwiching VAR’s Francesco Pizzi between them.

VAR’s other drivers had a less-than-successful day of running, with Red Bull junior Jak Crawford, Bence Valint and Cenyu Han all outside of the top 20 in the combined classification.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gabriel Bortoleto Prema 1m47.728s 32
2 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m47.742s +0.014s 29
3 Jonny Edgar Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.768s +0.040s 33
4 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m47.999s +0.271s 31
5 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.123s +0.395s 33
6 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m48.266s +0.538s 33
7 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 1m48.334s +0.606s 30
8 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.389s +0.661s 33
9 Pietro Delli Guanti BVM Racing 1m48.397s +0.669s 31
10 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m48.406s +0.678s 35
11 Jesse Salmenautio Bhaitech 1m48.456s +0.728s 34
12 Kirill Smal Prema 1m48.468s +0.740s 34
13 Andrea Rosso Cram Motorsport 1m48.526s +0.798s 34
14 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.535s +0.807s 37
15 Taylor Barnard AKM Motorsport 1m48.565s +0.837s 36
16 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.600s +0.872s 31
17 Sebastian Ogaard Bhaitech 1m48.726s +0.998s 33
18 Zdenek Chovanec Bhaitech 1m48.744s +1.016s 32
19 Dexter Patterson Bhaitech 1m48.801s +1.073s 32
20 Sebastian Freymuth AS Motorsport 1m48.980s +1.252s 38
21 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m49.092s +1.364s 34
22 Jasin Ferati Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.101s +1.373s 29
23 Jak Crawford Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.120s +1.392s 34
24 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing 1m49.292s +1.564s 34
25 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.339s +1.611s 34
26 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m49.621s +1.893s 28
27 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.721s +1.993s 34
28 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.129s +2.401s 28
29 Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport 1m50.233s +2.505s 35