Pole ahead of McKenzie and Schlegelmilch
Kevin Mirocha led the way during today’s (Friday) second Formula Two practice session at Monza, putting in a superb late lap to steal the top spot from Daniel McKenzie and Latvian newcomer Harald Schlegelmilch.
Conditions had turned a little cooler for the second 45-minute session with Christopher Zanella the early pace-setter followed by championship leader Luciano Bacheta, with the Brit using the session to concentrate on testing tyre degradation.
Plamen Kralev was also looking quick lying P3 ahead of Mihai Marinescu, competing on his adopted home track this weekend, and Mathéo Tuscher. Debutant Schlegelmilch then hooked up an impressive lap to light up the timing screens with 15-minutes left on the clock. Sadly for the 24-year-old he was soon knocked off the top spot by Mirocha before a late charge by McKenzie dropped him down a further place to third. Zanella ended fourth ahead of Bacheta who can secure the title tomorrow and with it the Williams F1 test.
Kralev finished sixth after one of his best performances ahead of yesterday’s test pace-setter Alex Fontana and Marinescu. Tuscher and Axcil Jefferies completed the top 10 with Markus Pommer just outside after pushing a little too hard through the Parabolica at the midway stage to find the gravel trap.
Tomorrow’s first qualifying session gets underway at 09:45 (local time) with full coverage on the official F2 website.
F2 Results: Monza – Practice 2:
1. Kevin Mirocha, 1:38.121s
2. Daniel McKenzie, +0.840s
3. Harald Schlegelmilch, +1.128s
4. Christopher Zanella, +1.264s
5. Luciano Bacheta, +1.651s
6. Plamen Kralev, +1.750s
7. Alex Fontana, +1.815s
8. Mihai Marinescu, +1.984s
9. Mathéo Tuscher, +2.051s
10. Axcil Jefferies, +2.218s
11. Markus Pommer, +2.389s
12. David Zhu, +2.490s
13. Dino Zamparelli, +2.499s
14. Max Snegirev, +2.499s
15. Hector Hurst, +2.588s