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Victor Martins leads Eurocup free practice in Monaco

by Ida Wood

Photo: Renault Sport / DPPI

Renault Formula 1 junior Victor Martins beat R-ace GP’s trio of cars to head Formula Renault Eurocup free practice in Monaco.

The MP Motorsport driver set a 1m32.936s lap, slower than the time he recorded when he topped free practice last year under the old FR2.0 regulations.

Formula Renault’s presence also marked the first time modern Formula 3 has taken place at Monaco since 2005, when Lewis Hamilton won.

Alexander Smolyar was the fastest of the R-ace GP drivers, 0.251 seconds behind Martins, and only narrowly ahead of team-mates Oscar Piastri and Ciao Collet.

Martins’ team-mate Lorenzo Colombo was fifth fastest, and the last of the cars to get within a second of the front.

M2 Competition was one of two teams getting its first taste of running cars on street circuits, and ended up sixth, seventh and eighth on the timesheets with rookies Kush Maini, Lucas Alecco Roy and Yves Baltas.

Arden’s Frank Bird and JD Motorsport’s new Renault affiliate driver Leonardo Lorandi completed the top 10.

Bird’s team-mate Sebastian Fernandez made his return in 12th, with fellow FIA F3 Championship racer Alessio Deledda making his second Eurocup appearance with Global Racing Service and going slowest, 8.7s off the pace after hitting the barrier at Swimming Pool.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m32.936s
2 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.251s
3 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.277s
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.351s
5 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.713s
6 Kush Maini M2 Competition +1.059s
7 Lucas Alecco Roy M2 Competition +1.088s
8 Yves Baltas M2 Competition +1.233s
9 Frank Bird Arden +1.329s
10 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +1.359s
11 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +1.617s
12 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +1.939s
13 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +1.982s
14 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +2.401s
15 Patrick Schott FA Racing by Drivex +2.529s
16 Patrik Pasma Arden +2.607s
17 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +2.633s
18 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +2.799s
19 Callan O’Keeffe FA Racing by Drivex +2.960s
20 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +3.367s
21 Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex +3.592s
22 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +8.723s