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Smal sets the pace for Prema in Italian F4 testing at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Kirill Smal led a Prema one-two in the latest two-day group test for Italian Formula 4 teams at Mugello.

The test began with two sessions on Thursday, with Friday’s running split into four segments.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos and Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli were the early pacesetters on Thursday, and despite track limits not being enforced as they would be on a race weekend, there was a great number of laps that were deleted.

Ramos ended up pipping Fornaroli to top spot in the morning, ahead of Prema pair Sebastian Montoya and Smal, then BVM Racing’s Francesco Simonazzi and Jenzer’s Francesco Braschi.

Smal set his test-topping laptime in the afternoon session, edging team-mate Montoya by 0.076 seconds and with half a second gap to Braschi, Fornaroli, Ramos and Simonazzi who had all lapped in the 1m47s.

On the first session of Friday it was Ramos who was on top again, but the improvement on his Thursday best was still several tenths of a second down on the Prema pair’s benchmarks.

Simonazzi was second fastest, while Cram Motorsport’s Nicolas Baptiste and BVM’s Leonardo Bizzotto were among the improvers. Italian shifter kart Bizzotto privately tested with the team twice last year.

Montoya topped the next two sessions, with Fornaroli improving his pace in second place in the first of those sessions and Baptiste improving again before being second to Montoya in the latter session.

Smal didn’t get near his Thursday pace, and was often slower than his other team-mates Hamda Al Qubaisi and Conrad Laursen.

He ended the test on top though, although Fornaroli got within a tenth of him by going over a second faster than everyone else in the final session.

There were several others who improved at the end of the day, but all were more than a second off the pace.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Nikita Bedrin was the last driver within a second of Smal in ninth, and like his fellow Russian was faster earlier on.

Laursen rounded out the top 10, ahead of Iron Lynx’s Pietro Armanni and new Ferrari junior Maya Weug, whose F4 programme and the team it will be with is set to be revealed in the coming days.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Kirill Smal Prema 1m47.189s 131
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m47.265s +0.076s 136
3 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m47.271s +0.082s 148
4 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.499s +0.310s 152
5 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.785s +0.596s 172
6 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 1m47.846s +0.657s 86
7 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m47.879s +0.690s 162
8 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m48.044s +0.855s 144
9 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.100s +0.911s 133
10 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m48.294s +1.105s 131
11 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 1m48.492s +1.303s 129
12 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m48.611s +1.422s 153
13 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m48.698s +1.509s 134
14 Pedro Perino DR Formula 1m48.786s +1.597s 145
15 Elia Sperandio Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.788s +1.599s 152
16 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing 1m49.097s +1.908s 130
17 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 1m49.181s +1.992s 147
18 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.308s +2.119s 149
19 Nicola Roda AKM Motorsport 1m51.010s +3.821s 110