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


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