Portimão, April 22, 2022: Heavy rain welcomes Iván Ortolá and Stefano Nepa on the characteristic ups and downs of the Algarve racetrack. Between races against time and prayers for the deluge to end, the first day of the #PortugueseGP ended.
Stefano Nepa’s experience leads him to dictate a cautious pace during FP1, but considering the extreme conditions he is forced to face, he locks the time at 2’04.8 with only two seconds of delay from the fastest of the session. This difference, will then be lowered during the FP2, when the warrior from Abruzzo enters the track and feels the right feeling to push, significantly lowering his best lap and the gap from the head of the group.
Even for Iván Ortolá, a rookie struggling with his first season in the World Championship, it was a day of progress. In fact, if during FP1 he was running on a time of 2’04.9, during the second free practice session he was able to find a way to push and lower his time by almost half a second. Work not complete due to the weather conditions that made the pilot victim of a fall in both rounds.