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Bottas fastest again as Mercedes dominate on opening day at Mugello

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2020 Italian Grand Prix, Friday - LAT Images

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team continued to dominate the Tuscan Grand Prix weekend as Valtteri Bottas topped the second Friday practice, after gaining the top stop in the first session of the day; Team-mate Lewis Hamilton come through in second.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing challenged at times but could only manage to finish on the second row as Max Verstappen put his car third, and Alexander Albon came through in fourth. Renault DP World F1 team duo Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon finished fifth and sixth respectively. 

Sergio Pérez could be in trouble after colliding with Kimi Räikkönen. Pérez came out of the pit lane and went into the side of Räikkönen’s car. The incident will be investigated after the practice. Pérez ended the session in seventh with Räikkönen in ninth. Pérez’s team-mate Lance Stroll finished in eleventh.

Pierre Gasly wasn’t as strong as his first session but still got eighth with his team-mate Daniil Kyvat coming in fifteenth. 

Scuderia Ferrari’s session wasn’t without its problems, Charles Leclerc suffered a spin coming out of Turn 12 when on a flying lap and the Sebastian Vettel’s car come grinding to a halt with engine problems at the end. The duo finished tenth and twelfth respectively.

Lando Norris had an unfortunate session as his car went spinning off in Sector 1 after coming into contact with some gravel on a fast corner. His McLaren went into the wall and lost the nose, causing the session to be red-flagged. He wasn’t able to resume the session but finished with a time good enough for fourteenth place. His team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. came in thirteenth. 

Romain Grosjean’s car had issues during a flying lap but was able to bring it back to the pits. It is believed to be a wiring loom issue. He wasn’t able to continue the session and finished last in twentieth. 

Elsewhere, Williams Racing duo George Russell and Nicholas Latifi finished sixteenth and eighteenth. Finishing off the grid was Antonio Giovinazzi in seventeenth and Kevin Magnussen in nineteenth. 

177Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:16.98928
244Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:17.196+0.207s29
333Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:17.235+0.246s25
423Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:17.971+0.982s28
53Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1:18.039+1.050s32
631Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1:18.115+1.126s29
711Sergio PérezMEXBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:18.198+1.209s34
810Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:18.244+1.255s30
97Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:18.385+1.396s38
1016Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:18.400+1.411s27
1118Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:18.462+1.473s37
125Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:18.498+1.509s39
1355Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:18.651+1.662s32
144Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:18.658+1.669s9
1526Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:18.736+1.747s33
1663George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:18.843+1.854s33
1799Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:18.944+1.955s35
186Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:18.983+1.994s31
1920Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:19.113+2.124s32
208Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:19.257+2.268s5
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