Hamilton tops F1 practice at Imola

Soon to be 2020 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap in the one and only practice session for what is dubbed the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, i.e. Imola. Nestled in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, Imola last hosted a race back in April 2006 and this weekend F1 is testing a 2-day weekend format.

Hamilton’s lap of 1m14.726s was 0.297s faster than Max Verstappen, who was 2nd for Red Bull.

Max Verstappen, 2nd quick

Valtteri Bottas was 3rd quick in the 2nd Mercedes, 1/2 second off the pace.

Pierre Gasly was 4th for AlphaTauri Honda while Charles Leclerc was 5th for Ferrari – almost a full second off the pace – those two going for late, late runs on the soft compound tire.

Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon were pushing each other close in sixth and seventh while Kvyat, Albon and Stroll rounded out the top 10.

Practice Results

1 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1m14.726s
2 Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1m15.023s
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes 1m15.218s
4 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m15.633s
5 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m15.688s
6 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team 1m15.839s
7 Esteban Ocon FRA Renault F1 Team 1m15.945s
8 Daniil Kvyat RUS Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m15.966s
9 Alexander Albon THA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1m16.061s
10 Lance Stroll CAN BWT Racing Point F1 Team 1m16.082s
11 Sergio Perez MEX BWT Racing Point F1 Team 1m16.109s
12 Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari 1m16.217s
13 Romain Grosjean FRA Haas F1 Team 1m16.550s
14 Carlos Sainz SPA McLaren F1 Team 1m16.560s
15 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m16.564s
16 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m16.671s
17 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m16.684s
18 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m16.780s
19 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 Team 1m17.060s
20 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m17.779s