Vettel Leads Final Practice at Monza By 0.081 Seconds Ahead of Hamilton

by Aaron Gillard
Sebastian Vettel - Italy - FP3

Scuderia Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel topped the final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix ahead of championship rival Lewis Hamilton on Saturday morning at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

The German set a 1:20.509 to go fastest ahead of qualifying at Monza, beating Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport‘s Hamilton, who split the Ferrari’s as Kimi Räikkönen took third overall.

Valtteri Bottas placed himself in fourth place ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing‘s Max Verstappen. Haas F1 Team‘s Kevin Magnussen claims the sixth fastest overall time, 1.5 seconds slower than Vettel’s time but is ahead Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo.

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team‘s Charles Leclerc set the ninth fastest time, with Romain Grosjean rounding up the top ten ahead of qualifying.

Marcus Ericsson became the first car to head out on a greasy track, the first time he headed out on track since his accident in FP2 for a recon lap.

Not many cars headed out on track by the fifteen minute mark, aside from the two McLaren F1 Team cars and Renault Sport Formula One Team‘s Nico Hülkenberg. Stoffel Vandoorne sustained massive flat spots during his practice run after locking up at the Variante del Rettifillo.

Räikkönen was the first front running car to set a lap with a 1:21.484, going fastest overall twenty minutes into the session. Hamilton soon followed by was 0.208 seconds slower compare to the Ferrari. Vettel placed himself in third, being over half a second off.

Hamilton improved on his time to go top at the halfway point with a 1:21.392 ahead of Räikkönen and Vettel. The Red Bull of Verstappen then set his first time to be the best of the rest in fourth place. He improved up to third place, surpassing Vettel for third place, 0.4 seconds slower than Hamilton’s time.

The Ferrari’s headed back on track and immediately topped the timing sheets with Vettel and Räikkönen setting the fastest times. The German placed a 1:21.035 ahead of team-mate Räikkönen with a 1:21.122. The Ferrari’s improved their times to break into the 1:20’s with Vettel remaining on top.

Hülkenberg’s session came to a halt due a DRS failure as the rear wing flap over-extended when in use. Hamilton was able to split the two Ferrari’s with a time only 0.081 seconds slower than Vettel’s lap, but the German ended the session fastest ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

PosNo.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:20.50918
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:20.5900.08114
37Kimi RaikkonnenScuderia Ferrari1:20.6820.17316
477Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:21.1120.60318
533Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:21.3880.87915
620Kevin MagnussenHaas-F1 Team1:22.0111.50215
731Esteban OconRacing Point Force India F1 Team1:22.0551.54616
83Daniel RicciardoAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:22.3101.80115
916Charles LeclercAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team1:22.3131.80417
108Romain GrosjeanHaas-F1 Team1:22.3571.84816
1111Sergio PerezRacing Point Force India F1 Team1:22.4861.97713
1210Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso1:22.6312.12220
1355Carlos Sainz JrRenault Sport Formula One Team1:22.7372.22815
1431Esteban OconRacing Point Force India F1 Team1:22.7782.26920
1518Lance StrollWilliams Martini Racing1:22.8602.35119
169Marcus EricssonAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team1:22.8822.37325
1714Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Formula 1 Team1:22.8922.38323
182Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Formula 1 Team1:22.9872.47816
1927Nico HulkenbergRenault Sport Formula One Team1:23.1492.64010
2028Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso1:23.1642.65519

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