F1: Hamilton tops opening Italian GP practice
Slipstreaming is always key at Monza and Lewis Hamilton, on harder medium tires, did it best, beating Max Verstappen on the soft red Pirelli tires by 0.452s to top opening practice for the Italian GP at Monza Friday morning.
Hamilton’s time of 1m20.926s was impressive given he was on the medium tires, and bodes well for him the remainder of the weekend.
Valtteri Bottas was 3rd quick 0.525s behind Hamilton and ahead of Lance Stroll in 4th for Aston Martin, 0.75s back.
Both Mercedes and both McLarens were on medium Pirellis while most set their times on the soft reds. But have Mercedes made a blunder by only running the medium compound tires? With no practice at all on the hard or soft compound, are they short of data heading into the weekend?
Lando Norris had slotted into P2 but lost his flying lap to track limits – Parabolica proving the culprit.
Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel were 5th and 6th ahead of the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr, the Alpine of Fernando Alonso. Alonso was exactly 1.000s behind Hamilton.
Practice 1 Results
|1||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m20.926s||+0.000|
|2||Max Verstappen||NED||Red Bull Racing||1m21.378s||+0.452|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m21.451s||+0.525|
|4||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m21.676s||+0.750|
|5||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m21.719s||+0.793|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Aston Martin Cognizant||1m21.824s||+0.898|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m21.914s||+0.988|
|8||Fernando Alonso||CHI||Alpine F1 Team||1m21.926s||+1.000|
|9||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m20.003s||+1.077|
|10||Sergio Perez||MEX||Red Bull Racing||1m22.039s||+1.113|
|11||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||1m22.102s||+1.176|
|12||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m22.103s||+1.177|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||GBR||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m22.270s||+1.344|
|14||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m22.530s||+1.604|
|15||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||1m22.534s||+1.608|
|16||Robert Kubica||POL||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m23.009s||+2.083|
|17||George Russell||ISR||Williams Racing||1m23.092s||+2.166|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m23.442s||+2.516|
|19||Mick Schumacher||GER||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m23.445s||+2.519|
|20||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||1m23.551s||+2.625|