• Luigi Sebastiano De Blasi

Formula Regional | Race Preview At Imola

FRECA steps towards its firts season start as "Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine" in Imola supporting Formula 1 and hoping to put on a great show.

It is just FRECA's first meeting of the season in Imola, Italy and the environment is already into high gear! Both the agreement with Alpine Racing and the merge with Formula Renault Eurocup represent a new start for the organisation. Then the chance of supporting a Formula 1 weekend also means big - not just for the organisation - but for the young drivers too, battling it out on track in good company with the fastest men on Earth.

Torre del Cavallino Rampante, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola (ITA) | © sebmotors.info 2021

These days which are preceding the race are not being that much quiet either: after having missed two test meetings for a right hand injury suffered always in Imola a month earlier, Léna Bühler (CHE) will also miss the first race of the season hoping to be right back for the second round in Barcelona, Spain.

Van Amersfoort filled their missing seat with Mari Boya (ESP)! The Spaniard had previously done all three testing sessions with FA Racing by MP Motorsport, but then decided to contest the season with the Dutch team and the confirmation has finally come this week.

FA Racing by MP Motorsport were then looking for a replacement. A situation which then turned into a bit of drama as the rumours about an approach to the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto ended up in him not being in the official entry list for the Imola weekend on Thursday evening. It all ended well with the confirmation of him racing for Alonso's owned team arriving on Friday afternoon. He is now good to go to race this weekend. The sad ones remain DR Formula RP Motorsport - which Bortoleto had tested with last month - missing out on their third driver entry.

Out of respect for the funeral service of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - which was bound to clash with Formula 1's Q3 session - both F1 and FRECA made changes to their Saturday's timetable. These changes influenced then Friday's schedule too, as in Formula 1, FP3 must start at least nineteen hours after FP2. The times in the graphics below are then the results of these changes.

The Streaming Times of FRECA's Imola Meeting | © sebmotors.info 2021

You will be able to watch the qualifying and the race sessions live on these links:

-FRECA's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCEln9HtJvw5TDIDli1Rwg ;

-FRECA's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FormulaRegionalEUbyAlpine/ ;

-FRECA's website: https://formularegionaleubyalpine.com/ .

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