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
|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|
|10||Leonardo Lorandi||JD Motorsport||+1.359s|
|11||Xavier Lloveras||Global Racing Service||+1.617s|
|13||Ugo de Wilde||JD Motorsport||+1.982s|
|15||Patrick Schott||FA Racing by Drivex||+2.529s|
|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|