Formula 1

What happened in Italian GP’s sole Friday practice

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
2 min read

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in the sole Formula 1 Friday practice session at Monza before Italian Grand Prix qualifying later today.


Key moments:

> Hamilton fastest on mediums

> Verstappen 0.452s adrift on softs

> Norris’ P2 lap deleted

> Perez 10th, after leading early in session


Monza will host the second of F1’s new sprint races on Saturday, meaning qualifying will take place on Friday evening.

The field only had the 60-minute FP1 session to prepare their cars before they enter parc ferme before qualifying.

After session-leading spells for Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo, Hamilton pulled half a second clear of the field on a 1m20.926s on the medium tyres.

This was 0.452s faster than F1 championship leader Max Verstappen – still without an F1 podium at Monza – on the soft tyres, with Valtteri Bottas just under a tenth adrift in third place.

Lando Norris set a tow-assisted laptime that would have been good enough to place him second-fastest behind Hamilton, but his lap was deleted for a track limits violation.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was fourth-quickest ahead of Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri and team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Carlos Sainz was seventh for Ferrari ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, who hasn’t reached Q3 at Monza since 2014.

Ricciardo also had his fastest laptime deleted but ultimately fell to ninth place ahead of another early session leader Perez in the second Red Bull.

Charles Leclerc – another driver to lose a fastest lap – was 11th ahead of Norris and Antonio Giovinazzi, who continues to fight for his future at Alfa Romeo.

George Russell carried the onboard helmet camera on route to 17th place for Williams, one place behind his 2019 team-mate Robert Kubica, who continues to deputise for Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.926s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m21.378s +0.452s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.451s +0.525s
4 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m21.676s +0.75s
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m21.719s +0.793s
6 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m21.824s +0.898s
7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1m21.914s +0.988s
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m21.926s +1s
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.003s +1.077s
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull-Honda 1m22.039s +1.113s
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m22.102s +1.176s
12 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.103s +1.177s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m22.27s +1.344s
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1m22.53s +1.604s
15 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m22.534s +1.608s
16 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m23.009s +2.083s
17 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m23.092s +2.166s
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m23.442s +2.516s
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1m23.445s +2.519s
20 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m23.551s +2.625s
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