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
|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|
|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|
|13||Ugo de Wilde||JD Motorsport||+1.154s|
|16||Xavier Lloveras||Global Racing Service||+1.572s|
|17||Lucas Alecco Roy||M2 Competition||+1.670s|
|18||Alessio Deledda||Global Racing Service||+3.240s|
|19||Matthias Luethen||Global Racing Service||+6.049s|