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Trulli tops the times in Euroformula FP1 at Monza

by Ida Wood

Photo: Ida Wood

Carlin’s Enzo Trulli was quickest on home soil in the opening Euroformula free practice session at Monza.

As in testing on Thursday, Trulli and Motopark’s Cameron Das often engaged in battles for the fastest lap while running in separate trains of cars as they searched for the aid of a slipstream.

Das’s new team-mate Christian Mansell set the initial pace, with Double R Racing’s Josh Mason also spending time at the top briefly, before Das and Trulli started lowering the benchmark.

The first of the two to break into the 1m44s was Das, but Trulli later on was able to get into the 1m43s and by staying out a little longer at the end of the session he was able to improve further to end FP1 on a 1m43.758s.

Mason returned to second place at the very end too while running in a train of cars, going 0.230 seconds slower than Trulli and 0.020s faster than Das.

Mansell was fourth fastest, while Das’s title rival Louis Foster was 0.757s back in fifth. The CryptoTower Racing Team driver was one of many to have laptimes deleted for track limits violations, and he was a repeat offender to the point where he had to serve a 10-second stop-go penalty for his actions.

He snatched fifth from Drivex School’s Nico Pino, who is making his Euroformula debut this weekend.

The next debutant was Francesco Simonazzi down in 13th, who is driving for the returning BVM Racing team last seen in 2017. The combination was 1.751s off the pace, and also set the least laps of anyone.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m43.758s 18
2 Josh Mason Double R Racing 1m43.988s +0.230s 18
3 Cameron Das Motopark 1m44.008s +0.250s 19
4 Christian Mansell Motopark 1m44.226s +0.468s 17
5 Louis Foster CryptoTower 1m44.515s +0.757s 19
6 Nico Pino Drivex School 1m44.639s +0.881s 21
7 Casper Stevenson Van Amersfoort Racing 1m44.643s +0.885s 20
8 Reshad de Gerus Motopark 1m44.804s +1.046s 17
9 Nazim Azman CryptoTower 1m44.996s +1.238s 19
10 Cem Bolukbasi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.158s +1.400s 14
11 Brad Benavides Carlin 1m45.299s +1.541s 19
12 Filip Kaminiarz CryptoTower 1m45.418s +1.660s 19
13 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 1m45.509s +1.751s 12
14 Enzo Scionti Drivex School 1m45.807s +2.049s 17