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Victor Martins quickest in Eurocup free practice at Yas Marina

by Ida Wood

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MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins set identical lap times to top both Formula Renault Eurocup free practice sessions at Yas Marina.

The Frenchman was fastest from the off at the title deciding venue, and headed the evening session by 0.185 seconds from team-mate Lorenzo Colombo.

Matteo Nannini, making his championship debut in a fourth car for MP, was third fastest ahead of R-ace GP pair Oscar Piastri and Caio Collet.

After the sun had set, the championship held its first ever nighttime session, with Martins leading the way again. While he looked umatchable for most of the running, a flurry of improvements in the final five minutes briefly left Piastri on top and Martins had to go for another flying lap to reclaim top spot.

Championship leader Piastri’s time, 0.064s slower than Martins’, put him second overall during the day. Arden’s Sebastian Ferdandez was third, putting him sixth overall during the day.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 2m08.193s
2 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP +0.064s
3 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +0.185s
4 Matteo Nannini MP Motorsport +0.232s
5 Caio Collet R-ace GP +0.318s
6 Sebastian Fernandez Arden +0.429s
7 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +0.457s
8 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +0.474s
9 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +0.758s
10 Kush Maini M2 Competition +0.765s
11 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +0.958s
12 Frank Bird Arden +1.046s
13 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +1.154s
14 Patrik Pasma Arden +1.295s
15 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +1.307s
16 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +1.572s
17 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +1.573s
17 Lucas Alecco Roy M2 Competition +1.670s
18 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +3.240s
19 Matthias Luethen Global Racing Service +6.049s