After taking the first two positions in the first free practice, Ferrari regained the lead in the second session held at the Monza track this Friday, the 9th. This time, Carlos Sainz put the red (and yellow) car at the top of the race, the time table, and the 1min21s664 mark. However, twice they did not come, as Charles Leclerc was the best 3rd. Among the Ferrari cars is Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The three drivers in the top 3 were separated by 0s193, a good margin in relation to the other cars.
Fourth was McLaren’s Lando Norris, more than half a second behind Verstappen. After him came George Russell (Mercedes), Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Alpine and Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10, along with Alex Albon, from Williams. The Germans Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher, who did not participate in FP1 to give their cars to Nyck de Vries and Antonio Giovinazzi, respectively, did not have a good practice. Vettel finished only 17th, just ahead of teammate Lance Stroll. Schumacher, on the other hand, was interrupted by a break in practice in his Haas (which led to a short red flag) and could not go more than the 20th and last time.
In the first free practice, Monegasque Charles Leclerc delighted the Italian fans and was fastest in 1min22s410, ahead of his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz, 0s077 slower. Formula 1 returns to the Monza tarmac on Saturday, the 10th, with FP3 at 8am and qualifying at 11am. Italian doctor is Sunday, 11, at 10 am (Brasilia time).
A series of penalties will destroy the grid
A series of restrictions announced on Friday will disrupt the system from Sunday. Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Sergio Pérez, Carlos Sainz Jr., Valtteri Bottas and Yuki Tsunoda will lose places at the start of the race. Hamilton, Bottas and Tsunodas will receive more penalties, due to several changes in the components of the power units of their cars. They should start at the back of the pack, splitting the final positions.
The Japanese will receive sanctions from changing components above the permitted level as well as a 10-place penalty as they have reached five warnings in the season, due to improper conduct in different races of the year. Verstappen, Pérez and Sainz should lose a few positions, which have not yet been explained, just because of the engine change. Depending on the results of the qualifying session, scheduled for 11 am (Brasília time) on Saturday, the 10th, they should start ahead of the other penalized drivers. The race is scheduled to take place at 10am on Sunday the 11th.
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