Ferrari doubled up in the Italian GP’s first practice session

Ferrari doubled up in the Italian GP’s first practice session

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz took the first two positions in the opening session of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix.

A minute’s silence was observed by Formula 1 staff on the pit lane, in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, 10 minutes before the start of the session. Several Formula 1 teams have also organized tributes to the king, who died on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96.

Ferrari opened the Italian Grand Prix in the top two positions, with Charles Leclerc beating Carlos Sainz in the first practice session at Monza. Leclerc, winner of the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, clocked 1:22.410 in warm and sunny conditions at the Temple of Speed.

He is 0.077s ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz who was on the gravel at Ascari at the end of the session, after the first hour of activity on the track. It was also confirmed during the session that several drivers, including Sainz and title leader Max Verstappen, will take grid penalties for component changes.

Verstappen, seeking a fifth straight win but first at Monza, finished fifth, behind Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

Alpine started an exciting weekend, with Esteban Ocon sixth and Fernando Alonso seventh, while Yuki Tsunoda was eighth for AlphaTauri.

Valtteri Bottas finished ninth for Alfa Romeo, while last year’s race winner Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10 for McLaren, although Lando Norris was only 16th.

Alexander Albon finished 11th for Williams at a circuit that would suit his FW44, ahead of Zhou Guanyu, 2020 winner Pierre Gasly, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.

Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi scored his first Formula 1 result of the year with Haas, replacing Mick Schumacher for the hour. Giovinazzi, who previously tested for Haas in 2017, raced for Alfa Romeo between 2019 and 2021, and currently holds the role of reserve driver at Ferrari. Giovinazzi finished 18th, one place behind regular Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.

Mercedes reserve driver Nyck de Vries made his third exit attempt of the year, this time with Aston Martin, to fulfill one of the team’s two driver qualifications. De Vries, who previously worked with Mercedes and Williams, replaced Sebastian Vettel in the AMR22. De Vries finished 19th out of 20 entries after making a mistake to pass Ascari on his timed lap.

Nicholas Latifi finished last for Williams.

Italian Grand Prix: Free Practice 1 Results