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VAR’s Francesco Pizzi leads practice for Italian F4 season opener

by Josh Suttill

Photo: Fotospeedy

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.

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
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.028s 33
2 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m35.261s +0.233s 31
3 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m35.279s +0.251s 31
4 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m35.432s +0.404s 35
5 Andrea Rosso Cram Motorsport 1m35.560s +0.532s 36
6 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m35.606s +0.578s 32
7 Gabriel Bortoleto Prema 1m35.752s +0.724s 29
8 Francesco Simonazzi DRZ Benelli 1m35.863s +0.835s 33
9 Pietro Delli Guanti BVM Racing 1m35.942s +0.914s 32
10 Sebastian Ogaard Bhaitech 1m35.958s +0.930s 30
11 Jesse Salmenautio Bhaitech 1m36.008s +0.980s 33
12 Jasin Ferati Jenzer Motorsport 1m36.126s +1.098s 34
13 Dexter Patterson Bhaitech 1m36.154s +1.126s 31
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
18 Zdenek Chovanec Bhaitech 1m36.520s +1.492s 34
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