Van Amersfoort Racing’s Francesco Pizzi topped both practice sessions for this weekend’s season-opening Italian Formula 4 round at Misano.
Reigning F4 United Arab Emirates champion Pizzi set a 1m35.028s in the second practice session, beating his FP1 benchmark by just 0.062s.
The Italian is VAR’s sole entry in Italian F4 this weekend as the Dutch outfit is running Red Bull juniors Jonny Edgar and Jak Crawford in the clashing ADAC F4 round at the Lausitzring.
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Prema’s Gabriele Mini, who is making his car racing debut this weekend, was second fastest in both sessions with his fastest effort 0.233s adrift of Pizzi’s best time.
Mini’s Ferrari junior team-mate Dino Beganovic was third quickest, with Sebastian Montoya – son of seven-time grand prix winner Juan Pablo Montoya – making it three Prema cars in the top four.
Cram Motorsport’s Andrea Rosso was fifth ahead of Romanian racer Filip Ugran, who is competing with Jenzer Motorsport in his second year in the championship.
The fourth Prema entry of Gabriel Bortoleto was seventh in FP2, placing him ahead of Francesco Simonazzi (DRZ Benelli), Pietro Delli Guanti (BVM Racing) and Danish racer Sebastian Ogaard (Bhaitech) in the top 10.
Chinese karting graduate Cenyu Han was slowest for AKM Motorsport, but set the most laps across the two sessions.
Free practice results
|1||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m35.028s||33|
|5||Andrea Rosso||Cram Motorsport||1m35.560s||+0.532s||36|
|6||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1m35.606s||+0.578s||32|
|8||Francesco Simonazzi||DRZ Benelli||1m35.863s||+0.835s||33|
|9||Pietro Delli Guanti||BVM Racing||1m35.942s||+0.914s||32|
|12||Jasin Ferati||Jenzer Motorsport||1m36.126s||+1.098s||34|
|14||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing||1m36.154s||+1.126s||34|
|15||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m36.231s||+1.203s||32|
|16||Mateusz Kaprzyk||Cram Motorsport||1m36.245s||+1.217s||35|
|17||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||1m36.362s||+1.334s||31|
|19||Bence Valint||Mucke Motorsport||1m36.713s||+1.685s||25|
|20||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||1m36.993s||+1.965s||27|
|21||Sebastian Freymuth||AS Motorsport||1m37.074s||+2.046s||28|
|22||Cenyu Han||AKM Motorsport||1m37.189s||+2.161s||37|