More propaedeutic testing sessions are taking place for Matteo Nannini, future Italian Formula 4 racing driver. Following the outing at Barcelona, Matteo completed his maiden collective tests, first at Vallelunga on September 4th and 5th, moving on to Mugello on October 10th and 11th.
Assertive and focused, the 2003-born driver had the chance to come face-to-face with the current F4 drivers for the first time on the track, gathering useful data and proving once again his enormous potential. Luca Baldisserri’s presence was fundamental on the second day of each test. The engineer closely followed Matteo’s progression and confirmed his impressive quickness.
Nannini’s first two days at Vallelunga wrapped up in the best way possible. The driver matched the expectations, clocking the second best laptime in the first round and beat the drivers who fought for top positions throughout the current F4 season.
At the end of the Vallelunga stint, Matteo commented: “The feeling on the track has been excellent since the beginning, although it was my first time there. We also tested various solutions for my teammates’ race.”
On October 10th Nannini was able to sample the Mugello track for the first time. This time around the drivers involved were 35 and the autumnal conditions made the runs trickier than the previous at Vallelunga, but Nannini overcame the odds and proved to be notably versatile. In fact, he adapted to the track evolution and ended up 8th overall, but amongst the rookies he was the quickest. Given that Nannini ran against experienced drivers, such a result appears to be extremely positive. The team manager underlined that entering the top 10 on a surgical track like Mugello adds value to the result.
The satisfying outcome of the two testing sessions he completed over the past month encourages the young driver to work harder, being in the best physical and mental shape of his life. Further winter testing sessions now await Nannini, who is preparing for the intensive UAE championship, which will include 5 weekends from January to March 2019 and a total of 20 races.