Mugello F2: Red Bull junior Vips quickest in practice

Red Bull junior Juri Vips was fastest in Formula 2 practice at Mugello, edging series veteran Luca Ghiotto by just 0.089 seconds.

20-year-old Vips is competing in his third weekend in F2 with DAMS, deputising for the injured Sean Gelael.  

Vips is yet to score a point in the championship after placing one position out of the points in each of his first four races.  

He topped practice with a 1m31.474s, just ahead of Hitech GP’s Luca Ghiotto. MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich rounded out the top three.  

Red Bull and Honda protege Yuki Tsunoda was fourth fastest ahead of ex-Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum, who lost his second sprint race victory of the year last Sunday at Spa after failing to provide an adequate fuel sample.   

Trident’s Marino Sato has finished no higher than 13th place this year, but recorded the sixth quickest time of the 45-minute session. 

Williams F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken finished the session with the seventh-fastest time but crashed at the final corner with around 10 minutes to go. 

Campos Racing’s Aitken locked up, slid through the gravel and ended up in the wall at the final sweeping corner.  

Hitech’s Nikita Mazepin, Renault junior Christian Lundgaard (ART Grand Prix) and Trident’s Roy Nissany rounded out the top 10.  

Haas F1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz was 11th ahead of Prema’s Ferrari juniors Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman.  

Championship leader Callum Ilott (UNI-Virtuosi) and his Ferrari stablemate Marcus Armstrong (ART) completed the top 15.  

HWA’s Jake Hughes edged Trident’s Lirim Zendeli by just 0.008s in FIA Formula 3 practice as the final round of the season commenced.  

Six drivers are in mathematical contention for the title with Renault junior Oscar Piastri currently enjoying an eight-point advantage over his Prema teammate Logan Sargeant at the top of the drivers’ championship.  

Both drivers will serve grid penalties for causing incidents at last weekend’s Monza round, with Piastri set to drop five places on the grid while Sargeant will drop three spots.  

Sargeant placed eighth in practice and Piastri could only manage the 13th fastest time.  

Their nearest championship rival Theo Pourchaire, who sits 24 points adrift of Piastri, was fifth quickest in practice for ART Grand Prix.  

Mugello FIA F2 – Practice results: 

11 Jüri VipsDAMS1’31.474 
225 Luca GhiottoHitech Grand Prix1’31.5630.089
315 Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport1’31.7050.231
47 Yuki TsunodaCarlin1’31.7570.283
52 Dan TicktumDAMS1’31.8820.408
623 Marino SatoTrident1’31.9680.494
79 Jack AitkenCampos Racing1’32.0610.587
824 Nikita MazepinHitech Grand Prix1’32.0970.623
96 Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix1’32.1010.627
1022 Roy NissanyTrident1’32.2170.743
1111 Louis DeletrazCharouz Racing System1’32.2960.822
1220 Mick SchumacherPREMA Racing1’32.3310.857
1321 Robert ShwartzmanPREMA Racing1’32.4080.934
144 Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi1’32.4190.945
155 Marcus ArmstrongART Grand Prix1’32.4510.977
1612 Pedro PiquetCharouz Racing System1’32.6081.134
173 Zhou GuanyuUNI-Virtuosi1’32.6821.208
1816 Artem MarkelovBWT HWA Racelab1’33.0101.536
198 Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1’33.0161.542
2017 Giuliano AlesiBWT HWA Racelab1’33.1431.669
2114 Nobuharu MatsushitaMP Motorsport1’33.6952.221
2210 Guilherme SamaiaCampos Racing1’34.0212.547

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