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Formula Regional | Imola Testing In a Nutshell

FRECA's first testing has come to an end in Imola. sebmotors.info is now going to tell you how this unfolded.

In a weird environment that was preceded by a Covid test for everyone prior to the event, testing got finally underway in Imola. The Covid test will actually be mandatory before every event this year.

Hadrien David - R-ace GP | © 2021 - Formula Regional European by Alpine

This first testing was something faultless for the French Hadrien David, driving for R-ace GP. Hadrien David graduated last year in Formula Renault Eurocup after winning French F4 two years ago and the impression he has made in this testing was indeed a great one. He peaked the timesheets in three out of four sessions planned for the two days. All but one, in which he claimed fourth place and that was the "C Session" on Thursday morning.

The top 10-list is summarised in this pic, with 23 drivers packed in less than a second and nine teams having put at least one driver in the top 11 across all sessions.

Top 10 Timings Overall | © sebmotors.info 2021

It was expected that something good was going to come from Gabriele Minì and Isack Hadjar through the course of the year, but not as great and as soon as that from both! Best rookies of the whole roster and that was done - even more amazingly - by setting the exact same lap time right behind the leader David. If that is not exciting for the season to come, I don't know what else is...

Not only were the two of them the best rookies: considering a more fair criterion - which is the age (as many of them have already race in Formula 3 cars in British F3, Euroformula Open or Asian F3) - they were the best Under 16 years old drivers of the field. Of course, the "rookie" moniker in FRECA is subjected to regulations, as there is also a recognition for the best one. And its canon is having raced in every other F4 or F3 series apart from Formula Renault Eurocup (which merged into Formula Regional this year) and other Formula Regional Championships.

Next testing is planned to be at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in a week's time, id est 25 and 26 of March.

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