Leclerc Fastest In Front Of Tifosi At A Wet Monza in Free Practice 1

Charles Leclerc was quickest for Scuderia Ferrari in a rain interrupted Free Practice 1 ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

A wet Autodromo Nazionale Monza welcomed the drivers on Friday morning and it wasn’t till the final few minutes that the drivers were able to get on to the dry tyres and set competitive lap times.

Ferrari, at their home race will be pleased to see their driver top of the standings while the second car in Sebastian Vettel was eighth quickest.

The two McLaren F1 Team cars in Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris were second and third ahead of the championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Alexander Albon was fifth quickest with Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen behind him in sixth and seventh.

The second Mercedes AMG Motorsport of Valtteri Bottas was ninth with Pierre Gasly rounding out the top ten while Kimi Räikkönen and Sergio Pérez ended their sessions in the barriers following crashes in the wet.

Romain Grosjean was the first driver to head out onto the wet circuit following the rainfall in Italy on Friday morning and was joined on track by his Haas F1 Team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

Norris, sporting his new look helmet, was the first driver to set a competitive laptime.

A few drivers struggled in the wet with Vettel failing to make the first corner and having to use the escape road along with other including the Racing Point F1 Team of Lance Stroll.

The red flag was brought out after 27 minutes when the Alfa Romeo Racing of Räikkönen crashed out at the final corner as his rear end snapped on him as he tried to apply the power and the Finn could do nothing but slide through the gravel and into the wall.

Sainz had a lucky escape as he did a full 360 spin but was able to avoid the walls and kept his McLaren on track.

Verstappen was the next driver to fail to make turn one as he bounced over the kerbs before a second red flag was brought out as Pérez spun at the same place as Sainz but failed to keep the car out of the barrier.

The green light came back on at the end of the pitlane and the drivers got back on the track and the times began to fall as the track started to dry out but then the red flag would make its third appearance of the session after Gasly beached himself on top of the kerb at turn two. The Frenchman eventually got his Scuderia Toro Rosso going again and a couple of minutes later, the session got back underway for a fourth time.

Leclerc won his first race last weekend but he was not immune to a mistake as he was another driver that couldn’t slow down the corner for the first corner while Magnussen and Norris both took to the escape road and was followed by Vettel a few minutes later.

Antonio Giovinazzi was the next driver to fail to complete the first chicane properly as he spun on the exit of turn two. The two Mercedes finally came out on to the circuit but even championship leader Hamilton couldn’t slow his car down enough for turn one and also bumped over the kerb. Mercedes did go to the top of the timing sheets.

The final ten minutes saw the Ferrari’s head out on dry tyres and they were joined by the Toro Rosso’s, McLaren’s and Williams Racing cars before the finally couple of minutes saw the majority of the field head out on dry tyres and the times tumbled and the order changed but overall, it was a session where the teams didn’t learn too much and it could be a busy afternoon for the 20 drivers in Monza.

Pos. No. Driver Nat. Team Time
1 16 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1.27.905
2 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP McLaren F1 Team +0.306
3 4 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team +0.545
4 44 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport +0.825
5 23 Alexander Albon THA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing +1.120
6 26 Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda +2.055
7 33 Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing +2.195
8 5 Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari +2.602
9 77 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport +2.691
10 10 Pierre Gasly FRA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda +2.790
11 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing +4.943
12 18 Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team +6.071
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team +6.623
14 20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Rich Energy Haas F1 Team +6.810
15 27 Nico Hülkenberg GER Renault F1 Team +7.228
16 8 Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team +8.075
17 88 Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing +9.911
18 63 George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing +10.5
19 11 Sergio Pérez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team NO TIME
20 7 Kimi Räikkönen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing NO TIME

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