Marcus Armstrong (17, New Zealand, Prema Powerteam) posted best time in the first ADAC Formula 4 practice session at the Nürburgring. Currently placed third in the championship standings, he set a time of 1:28.086 minutes on his fastest lap, finishing ahead of Jonathan Aberdein (19, South Africa, Motopark) and Sophia Flörsch (16, Germany, ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg eV). They were followed home by the two US Racing drivers Nicklas Nielsen (20, Denmark) and Fabio Scherer (18, Switzerland).
The sixth placed driver, Kim-Luis Schramm (20, Germany) and Julian Hanses (19, Germany) in P7 also drive for the Kerpen-based team, US Racing, managed by Ralf Schumacher and Gerhard Ungar. Rookie Enzo Fittipaldi (16, Brazil, Prema Powerteam) made a successful debut. The grandson of two-time Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi placed eighth. Leonard Hoogenboom (17, Netherlands, Motopark) and the championship leader Juri Vips (16, Estonia, Prema Powerteam) completed the Top Ten. Vips’ main rival, Felipe Drugovich (17, Brazil, Van Amersfoort Racing) was eleventh.
Second practice for the drivers in the ADAC’s high-speed school will get under way at 2.10pm. Qualifying is at 8.30am on Saturday morning to be followed over the weekend by races 13, 14 and 15.