15 drivers for the F4s Tests in Motorland
The pre-season testing started today on sunny Motorland, Spain for both SMP F4 Championship and F4 Spain Championship certified by FIA. With temperatures closer to spring than winter, it was a fantastic day for the young guns to learn the ropes of the Tatuus-Abarth car.
Fifteen drivers from Russia, Spain, Finland, Indian and Netherlands joined this weekend to prepare their season.
Russian Alexander Vartanyan set the best time of the day, lapping the Spanish track in 1.52,095, confirming his strong Series’ challenger status for both F4s Championship. But Vartanyan was closely followed by Dutch KNAF Talent First driver Richard Verschoor, who had an impressive day for his second time in the car setting a 1.52,248 time. Simo Laaksonen and Nikita Sitnikov, both second-year drivers proved to have the necessary experience to be on top of the time sheets this season with very strong driving.
The Finnish twins Roope and Rasmus Markkanen had a very strong start, being few tenths off the lead in their second test ever in single-seater, as Kush Maini, the talented Indian driver who was only two tenths off the lead in the morning. Jarmo Opmeer the other KNAF Talent First driver present this weekend was only few tenths shy from the top contenders, proving that this year rookies are to be taken seriously.
SMP Racing drivers Artem Petrov, Gleb Zotov, Nikita Volegov, Vladimir Tziortzis were learning the car and the circuit improving all along the day together with Finn Henri Kauppi.
Tuomas Tujula who was competing in the Winter Junior Challenge back in December was kicking off the season with style, setting fast laps even on used tires.
And finally, the Spanish rising star driver Xavier Lloveras, had to adapt himself to a new car, team and environment and showed strong skills for a first time in an F4 car.
Marko Koiranen commented: “We are positively surprised with this first day. This season’s drivers are strong, and in particular the rookies. It looks like they will give a hard time to the confirmed drivers this year and this is good. We as well have a good international grid with Russians, Finns, Indian, Spanish and Dutch drivers, they all know each other from karting so there is a very good atmosphere here”.
Tomorrow the day will start at 09:30 for another 300 kilometers of test, a very good preparation after a too-long winter for those eager kids.