Formula 1

Valtteri Bottas tops the first practice at Mugello

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This weekend Formula 1 arrives at Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello for the first time for the Tuscan Grand Prix. For most of the drivers, this is their first time at Mugello so the weekend will be a real test to them. This weekend is also Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th race in Formula 1 history.

The first practice session was topped by Valtteri Bottas, while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton couldn’t quite join him on the top row and finished fourth.

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing cars of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon were out as soon as the session started so they could get a feel of the track. Verstappen finished just 0.048 seconds behind Bottas. Albon still couldn’t match the pace of his team-mate and finished a second behind Verstappen in ninth.

Ferrari had a more promising practice session as Charles Leclerc switched chassis after his crash at Monza. He was able to get his SF1000 into third place. Sebastian Vettel wasn’t as fortunate, finishing down in thirteenth.

Scuderia AlphaTauri continued on their winning momentum from Monza and kept themselves high up in the standings for the first practice. Pierre Gasly finished in fifth with team-mate Daniil Kyvat in seventh.

McLaren F1 team trialled a new nose on Carlos Sainz Jr’s. car for the first twenty minutes of the session. This is the nose they plan to use on the 2021 cars. Sainz Jr. unfortunately did not have a good practice, only achieving fifteenth. Lando Norris’s was able to get his car into eighth.

Renault DP World F1 team have been one of the stronger midfield teams across the previous weeks. Esteban Ocon tends to trail behind his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo however it was the Frenchman who was strongest out of the pairing. He put himself sixth with Ricciardo in tenth.

This weekend is also a celebration for Kimi Räikkönen. The Finn driver had his first test for Sauber twenty years ago today. Coincidently, that test was at Mugello. He finished in eleventh with Antonio Giovinazzi in fourteenth.

The BWT Racing Point Formula One team had a disappointing first practice. They stayed on the hard compound tyres for duration. They finished nearly rock bottom. Lance Stroll was eighteenth and Sergio Pérez in nineteenth.

In results elsewhere, Romain Grosjean came twelfth, George Russell sixteenth, Kevin Magnussen seventeenth and Nicholas Latifi bottom in twentieth.

Pos.#DriverNat.TeamTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:17.87933
233Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:17.927+0.048s32
316Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:18.186+0.307s27
444Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:18.409+0.530s28
510Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:18.676+0.797s30
631Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team1:18.805+0.926s28
726Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:18.839+0.960s31
84Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:18.981+1.102s30
923Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:19.068+1.189s34
103Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team1:19.140+1.261s25
117Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:19.219+1.340s21
128Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1:19.224+1.345s25
135Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1:19.267+1.388s27
1499Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:19.322+1.443s28
1555Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:19.457+1.578s33
1663George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:19.478+1.599s29
1720Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1:19.551+1.672s25
1818Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:19.836+1.957s23
1911Sergio PérezMEXBWT Racing Point Formula One Team1:19.840+1.961s29
206Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:20.034+2.155s32
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