ADAC and Italian Formula 4 teams had their pre-season Red Bull Ring test begin with snow on Monday, as Van Amersfoort Racing’s Ollie Bearman set the pace.
An overnight blizzard that was still despositing some of the white stuff in the morning left the Spielberg area coated in snow, although on-track action was still able to take place on a clear circuit.
There weren’t too many laps set on the slick track surface, and laptimes reached the 1m35s courtesy of Jenzer Motorsport’s Francesco Braschi. He was just 0.022 seconds faster than team-mate Santiago Ramos, with BWR Motorsports’ Taylor Barnard third, Prema’s Sebastian Montoya fourth and Bearman completing a top five covered by one second.
Italian shifter karter Leonardo Bizzotto and AS Motorsport’s Kacper Sztuka, both yet to sign deals to race this year, were sixth and seventh for BVM Racing and AS Motorsport respectively.
The pace improved significantly in the afternoon, with R-ace GP’s Victor Bernier immediately beating the morning’s best with a 1m34.381s lap. Bearman quickly brought the benchmark pace into the 1m32s, with Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli bettering him 22 minutes into the five-hour session.
Montoya then went fastest before Bearman responded with a 1m32.259s, but Montoya replied again before the end of the first hour. R-ace GP’s Sami Meguetounif then halted proceedings when he hit trouble on track, and on the restart it was Fornaroli who was first to break into the 1m31s.
He stayed there for almost an hour-and-a-half before Bearman set his 1m31.541s lap that would stand as the day’s fastest. Fornaroli was second fastest, with Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior and karter Andrea Kimi Antonelli completing the top three for AKM Motorsport.
There were further red flag stoppages, and the afternoon session also featured BWR’s Valentino Catalano and AS’s Toni Kayla Naude.
Charlie Wurz, son of Le Mans 24 Hours winner Alex and has raced this year as a factory Exprit driver in karting, was testing for Prema.
|1||Ollie Bearman||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m31.541s||89|
|2||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||1m31.616s||+0.075s||68|
|3||Andrea Kimi Antonelli||AKM Motorsport||1m31.703s||+0.162s||78|
|4||Victor Bernier||R-ace GP||1m31.718s||+0.177s||117|
|6||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m31.811s||+0.270s||89|
|8||Tim Tramnitz||US Racing||1m31.985s||+0.444s||79|
|9||Francesco Braschi||Jenzer Motorsport||1m31.998s||+0.457s||86|
|10||Bence Valint||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m32.038s||+0.497s||87|
|11||Nicolas Baptiste||Cram Motorsport||1m32.049s||+0.508s||104|
|12||Vlad Lomko||US Racing||1m32.071s||+0.530s||82|
|13||Maya Weug||Iron Lynx||1m32.127s||+0.586s||102|
|14||Francesco Simonazzi||BVM Racing||1m32.144s||+0.603s||105|
|15||Kacper Sztuka||AS Motorsport||1m32.186s||+0.645s||81|
|16||Santiago Ramos||Jenzer Motorsport||1m32.244s||+0.703s||94|
|17||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||1m32.350s||+0.809s||103|
|18||Nikita Bedrin||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m32.378s||+0.837s||92|
|19||Eron Rexhepi||BVM Racing||1m32.445s||+0.904s||93|
|20||Leonardo Bizzotto||BVM Racing||1m32.496s||+0.955s||83|
|22||Levente Revesz||AKM Motorsport||1m32.534s||+0.993s||86|
|24||Taylor Barnard||BWR Motorsports||1m32.667s||+1.126s||68|
|25||Valentino Catalano||BWR Motorsports||1m32.679s||+1.138s||65|
|26||Pietro Armanni||Iron Lynx||1m32.955s||+1.414s||84|
|27||Jorge Garciarce||Jenzer Motorsport||1m32.967s||+1.426s||99|
|28||Pedro Perino||DR Formula||1m33.031s||+1.490s||90|
|29||Elia Sperandio||Jenzer Motorsport||1m33.148s||+1.607s||99|
|30||Marcus Amand||R-ace GP||1m33.151s||+1.610s||68|
|31||Sami Meguetounif||R-ace GP||1m33.356s||+1.815s||47|
|32||Georgis Markogiannis||Cram Motorsport||1m33.485s||+1.944s||68|
|33||Vittorio Catino||Cram Motorsport||1m33.694s||+2.153s||95|
|34||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||1m35.136s||+3.595s||86|
|35||Toni Kayla Naude||AS Motorsport||1m36.644s||+5.103s||50|