F1: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in final practice for the Italian GP

The Mercedes cars are just too powerful for everyone at Monza this weekend.  Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas ran an easy 1-2 in final practice for the Italian GP at Monza. But Hamilton won’t be starting at the front for the Sprint later on – that honor will be his teammate’s here at Monza.

Hamilton’s fastest lap of 1m23.246s in race setup was 0.22s faster than his teammate and a comfortable 0.508s and 0.671s faster than the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Everyone else was out to lunch.

Esteban Ocon was 5th for Alpine while Robert Kubica surprised many with the 6th fastest time for Alfa Romeo. Antonio Giovinazzi was a close 7th in the other Alfa.

88 KUBICA Robert (pol), Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41, action during the Formula 1 Heineken Gran Premio D’italia 2021, Italian Grand Prix – Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly were 8th and 9th while Lando Norris rounded out the top-10 for McLaren.

Carlos Sainz Jr. once again wadded up his #55 Ferrari, this time taking off the front of the car at the Ascari bend. The Spaniard himself has been cleared to race as it stands, but will be given a second check over before the Sprint. But the car is going to be the issue here. Luckily for the team, they have three and a half hours to go before lights out today.

Carlos Sainz Jr. just before wadding up his #55 Ferrari

Nikita Mazepin beat his slower overrated teammate Mick Schumacher by 3/10ths.

The Aston Martins were pathetically slow down in 18th and 19th place, 2,7s off the pace and really out to lunch.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, leads Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

But who was running their Sprint levels of fuel, and who had a much heavier tank and was working on race pace? There is no real way of knowing, all of which means the Sprint is going to be even more fascinating later on.

Final Practice Results

1 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m23.246s +0.000s
2 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m23.468s +0.222
3 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m23.662s +0.416
4 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m23.917s +0.671
5 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m24.263s +1.017
6 Robert Kubica POL Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m24.280s +1.034
7 Antonio Giovinazzi GBR Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m24.502s +1.256
8 Fernando Alonso CHI Alpine F1 Team 1m24.539s +1.293
9 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m24.654s +1.408
10 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m24.665s +1.419
11 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m24.770s +1.524
12 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m24.774s +1.528
13 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m24.805s +1.559
14 George Russell ISR Williams Racing 1m25.083s +1.837
15 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m25.422s +2.176
16 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m25.729s +2.483
17 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m25.763s +2.517
18 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1m25.935s +2.689
19 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m26.012s +2.766
20 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m26.124s +2.878