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Monza F2: Ghiotto leads de Vries in practice

Monza F2: Ghiotto leads de Vries in practice

Italian driver Luca Ghiotto topped the Formula 2 practice session at Monza, the series’ first on-track activity since the passing of Arden driver Anthoine Hubert at Spa last weekend.

A number of teams and drivers ran tributes to Hubert and messages of support for Juan Manuel Correa on their cars. Correa remains stable in intensive car after being involved in the same incident which claimed the life of Hubert.

Most drivers chose to remain in the pits for the first 25 minutes of the 45-minute session, with Correa’s teammate Callum IIott setting the early pace. 

It didn’t take championship leader Nyck de Vries long to assert himself at the top of the leaderboard when most of the grid came out in the final 18 minutes, and the Dutchman remained top until the last four minutes, when Ghiotto shot to the top of the leaderboard. 

However, Ghiotto and his UNI-Virtuosi teammate Guan Yu Zhou are under investigation for using wet tyres for their installation laps on the still-damp track, which is against regulations if the session is not declared wet.

ART Grand Prix driver de Vries – who holds a 34-point championship lead over Nicholas Latifi – held on for second behind Ghiotto while Carlin’s Louis Deletraz rounded out the top three with his teammate Nobuharu Matsushita just behind. 

Jack Aitken was an early session leader despite running wide at the Parabolica, but the Campos Racing driver's follow-up laps were enough for fifth ahead of DAMS driver Latifi. 

Renault junior Zhou took seventh as the highest-placed rookie, ahead of the Prema cars of Mick Schumacher and Sean Gelael and Sauber Junior Team’s Ilott.

Sauber, Arden and Trident are all running a single car at Monza. Arden and Sauber chose not to replace Hubert and Correa respectively for this weekend. 

The Trident-run car of Giuliano Alesi was impounded after also being involved in the crash at Spa. Ferrari junior Alesi will race this weekend as he takes over the car of his teammate, Ralph Boschung, who watches from the sidelines.

Ilott was the best of the single-car team runners in 10th, with Alesi 12th and Calderon 16th. 

McLaren development driver Sergio Sette Camara, who has been suffering from the flu, topped the session early on but fell to 11th.

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Series FIA F2
Event Monza
Sub-event Practice
Drivers Luca Ghiotto
Teams UNI-Virtuosi
Author Jack Benyon