Ghiotto quickest in home Free Practice

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Luca Ghiotto got off to the perfect start in his home country, topping Free Practice for the first time since Silverstone. The UNI-Virtuosi racer was quickest amongst a flurry of late lap times, leading ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries and Carlin’s Louis Delétraz.

With the circuit still drying from rain in the morning, Mahaveer Raghunathan was the sole car out on track in the opening 10 minutes, with the remainder of the field only running an installation lap. The MP Motorsport racer set the early time at 1:42.998.

Callum Ilott was the next to head out onto the Autodromo Nazinoale Monza circuit and the Brit set three purple sectors to take the lead, before further strengthening his position in first with another best lap.

The remainder of the grid began to feed onto the track and Sérgio Sette Câmara flexed his muscles to leap to first, ahead of Ilott. The Brazilian was swiftly replaced by the Championship leader, as De Vries took his turn in P1.

Ghiotto, Nicholas Latifi and Mick Schumacher all failed in attempts to beat his time and were forced to settle for positions in the top five, heading into the final few minutes. The Italian had another attempt and was more successful, this time forcing his title rival into P2, with three personal best sectors.

The UNI-Virtuosi racer finished on top, ahead of De Vries. Delétraz got in a late lap time to take P3, followed by his teammate Nobuharu Matsushita and Jack Aitken. Latifi, Guanyu Zhou, Schumacher, Sean Gelael and Ilott completed the top ten.

Having started his home event in good form, Ghiotto will hope to prevent De Vries from scoring his third pole position in a row, when Qualifying begins at 4.55pm local time.

FIA Formula 2 Round 10 – Free Practice provisional classification

 

DRIVER

TEAM

LAPTIME

LAPS

1

Luca Ghiotto

UNI-Virtuosi Racing

1:33.017

13

2

Nyck De Vries

ART Grand Prix

1:33.120

12

3

Louis Delétraz

Carlin

1:33.298

13

4

Nobuharu Matsushita

Carlin

1:33.388

13

5

Jack Aitken

Campos Racing

1:33.676

12

6

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:33.680

12

7

Guanyu Zhou

UNI-Virtuosi Racing

1:33.707

12

8

Mick Schumacher

PREMA Racing

1:33.768

12

9

Sean Gelael

PREMA Racing

1:33.791

11

10

Callum Ilott

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

1:33.955

17

11

Sergio Sette Câmara

DAMS

1:33.973

12

12

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:34.023

8

13

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:34.064

12

14

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:34.556

13

15

Marino Sato

Campos Racing

1:35.076

15

16

Tatiana Calderon

BWT Arden

1:36.691

11

17

Mahaveer Raghunathan

MP Motorsport

1:36.909

18

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