Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton led teammate Valtteri Bottas in F1 Italian GP FP2, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.
The FP2 in F1 Italian GP was steady run where most focused on race runs and long run pace, rather than the one lap pace. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton headed the pack with a 1m23.246s lap – which was nearly four seconds slower than qualifying.
He headed teammate Valtteri Bottas (1m23.468s), with Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen (1m23.754s) and Sergio Perez (1m23.917s) in third and fourth. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon (1m24.263s) slotted in fifth ahead of the Alfa Romeo pair.
It was Robert Kubica (1m24.280s) ahead in sixth of Antonio Giovinazzi (1m24.502s), with the other Alpine of Fernando Alonso (1m24.539s) in eighth from AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly (1m24.654s) and McLaren’s Lando Norris (1m24.665s) in the Top 10.
Among the Top 10, it was Verstappen and Norris, to have set their best time on the medium tyres, while the rest of them did so on the soft compound. Outside the Top 10, there were plenty of drivers, to have set their best on the yellow-walled tyres.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was 11th, with the team fitting his old power unit back into the car after facing issues in Friday qualifying. It was not the best end to their session as the Monegasque complained of some trouble with the car, before pitting.
His teammate Carlos Sainz already had a heavy shunt at Ascari, where he went head-on, onto the wall, which forced for a red flag period. The Spaniard ended up last in the order, with Leclerc being followed by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in 12th.
Williams’ Nicholas Latifi slotted in 13th from teammate George Russell, as AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was 15th, Haas’ Nikita Mazepin 16th, Aston Martin’s pair of Lance Stroll & Sebastian Vettel in 17th & 18th and Haas’ Mick Schumacher 19th.
As noted above, Sainz was 20th. Among the drivers from 11th until 20th, everyone were on the medium tyres with their best laps, barring Latifi and Stroll, who did so on the soft compound, while Vettel had his on the hard tyres.
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Here’s what was said on Friday of F1 Italian GP