Formula 1

Hamilton leads Mercedes charge at Monza

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team led the way for a second time on Friday. This time, the driving duo switched places with Lewis Hamilton fastest and Valtteri Bottas in second.

Lando Norris had been complaining of issues in his Mclaren F1 team car, spending most of the practice in last place. His session was marred with an engine issues, however it was fixed, and Norris put in a flying lap to put him in third; team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. finished sixth.

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda carried on their successful weekend with Pierre Gasly putting his AT01 in fourth place, while his team-mate Daniil Kyvat finished in seventh.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen could only finish in fifth, one second behind front runner Hamilton, team-mate Alexander Albon couldn’t break into the top ten after a promising first practice. He finished fourteenth.

The Scuderia Ferrari’s had a more promising second practice. Charles Leclerc got himself up to ninth, even though he had complaints that the car was ‘hard to drive’. Sebastian Vettel had a spin coming into turn 6 towards the end of the session, finishing in twelfth. 

Finishing off the top ten was the two Racing Points with Lance Stroll in eighth and Sergio Perez in ninth.

Renault DP World F1 Team had a disappointing afternoon. Halfway through the practice Daniel Ricciardo put his car into third but had his time deleted for exceeding track limits. He could then only finish fifteenth. Esteban Ocon put himself just behind the top ten in eleventh.

George Russell complained of issues in his Williams saying it felt ‘horrible’ and soft. He finished rock bottom in twentieth, nearly three seconds behind Hamilton. Team-mate Nicholas Latifi came nineteenth.

Finishing off the grid was Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) in thirteenth, Kevin Magnussen (Haas) sixteenth, Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) seventeenth and Romain Grosjean (Haas) eighteenth.

144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:20.19232
277Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:20.454+0.262s29
34Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:21.089+0.897s19
410Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:21.121+0.929s25
533Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:21.228+1.036s30
655Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:21.313+1.121s30
726Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:21.376+1.184s35
818Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:21.389+1.197s32
916Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:21.503+1.311s32
1011Sergio PérezMEXBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:21.594+1.402s31
1131Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1:21.697+1.505s32
125Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:21.733+1.541s28
1399Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:21.786+1.594s32
1423Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:21.883+1.691s36
153Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1:22.080+1.888s29
1620Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:22.088+1.896s32
177Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:22.147+1.955s34
188Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:22.254+2.062s34
196Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:22.825+2.633s32
2063George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:22.927+2.735s34
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