Victor Martins topped the times on the Formula Renault Eurocup’s first visit to Yas Marina in a pre-event test for the season finale.
The three-and-a-half hour session featured two new additions to the grid in MP Motorsport’s Matteo Nannini and Global Racing Service’s Matthias Luethen.
Nannini, recently signed to Infinity Sport Management, is the reigning Formula 4 United Arab Emirates champion, while Luethen has raced in the Drexler-Automotive (previously Remus) FRenault Cup this year.
Martins’ 2m08.645s lap was seven tenths of a second faster than R-ace GP title rival Oscar Piastri, with Martins’ own MP Motorsport team-mate Lorenzo Colombo, Caio Collet (R-ace GP) and Kush Maini (M2 Competition) the only drivers to get within a second of the pace.
Temperatures came close to 40?C during the daylight running, and the session was briefly stopped when Arden’s Patrik Pasma stopped on track at Turn 19. His team-mate Sebastian Fernandez was sixth fastest, just ahead of R-ace GP’s Alexander Smolyar and Gregoire Saucy, and JD Motorsport’s Leonardo Lorandi.
Nannini was 11th fastest in a car he’s used to racing in Formula Regional European Championship, while Luethen was seven seconds off the pace behind GRS team-mates Xavier Lloveras and Alessio Deledda.
|1||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||2m08.645s|
|2||Oscar Piastri||R-ace GP||+0.703s|
|3||Lorenzo Colombo||MP Motorsport||+0.848s|
|4||Caio Collet||R-ace GP||+0.895s|
|5||Kush Maini||M2 Competition||+0.943s|
|7||Alexander Smolyar||R-ace GP||+1.106s|
|8||Gregoire Saucy||R-ace GP||+1.162s|
|9||Leonardo Lorandi||JD Motorsport||+1.181s|
|10||Amaury Cordeel||MP Motorsport||+1.290s|
|11||Matteo Nannini||MP Motorsport||+1.355s|
|13||Ugo de Wilde||JD Motorsport||+1.465s|
|17||Lucas Alecco Roy||M2 Competition||+2.263s|
|17||Xavier Lloveras||Global Racing Service||+2.408s|
|18||Alessio Deledda||Global Racing Service||+3.868s|
|19||Matthias Luethen||Global Racing Service||+7.003s|