JD Motorsport’s Ugo de Wilde led the first Formula Renault Eurocup free practice session by 1.818 seconds at a damp Silverstone.
The Belgian, second in French Formula 4 last year, led the session at the halfway point when the track was still predominantly wet. As conditions improved times improved dramatically, with Oscar Piastri moving to the top.
His R-ace GP gambled on switching to slick tyres for the final 10 minutes, just after de Wilde moved back into first place. The three R-ace GP cars failed to beat his benchmark, not helped by de Wilde’s JD team-mate Joao Vieira causing a red flag.
The session resumed with just a few minutes on the clock, but de Wilde was able to improve by almost two seconds and dropped his best down to a 2m08.290s.
None of the other drivers near the top improved, with Bhaitech’s Federico Malvestiti the only other driver to set a representative personal best to move up to 10th.
Free Practice results
|1||Ugo de Wilde||JD Motorsport||2m08.290s|
|2||Oscar Piastri||R-ace GP||+1.818s|
|3||Alexander Smolyar||R-ace GP||+1.833s|
|4||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||+1.901s|
|5||Lorenzo Colombo||MP Motorsport||+2.063s|
|6||Leonardo Lorandi||JD Motorsport||+2.462s|
|7||Caio Collet||R-ace GP||+2.580s|
|8||Xavier Llloveras||Global Racing Service||+3.467s|
|9||Callan O’Keeffe||FA Racing by Drivex||+3.650s|
|11||Joao Vieira||JD Motorsport||+3.859s|
|13||Patrick Schott||FA Racing by Drivex||+4.155s|
|16||Yves Baltas||M2 Competition||+4.811s|
|17||Brad Benavides||FA Racing by Drivex||+5.200s|
|18||Amaury Cordeel||MP Motorsport||+5.812s|
|19||Lucas Alecco Roy||M2 Competition||+6.216s|
|20||Kush Maini||M2 Competition||+7.516s|