The F1 Italian Grand Prix began at Monza with Free Practice 1. Before the session, the entire paddock held a minute’s silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who died yesterday at the age of 96. Several teams displayed a sticker in her honor , and Alpine A522s have a black nose.
Nyck de Vries was driving Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin AMR22 as part of the rookie test. The Dutchman played his third EL1 this season for a third different team. Antonio Giovinazzi drove for Haas F1, only for an evaluation period.
As in Spa-Francorchamps, many drivers will be penalized during the Grand Prix, for changing engine parts and gearboxes. Mercedes F1 has already confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will start from the back of the grid, and so will Carlos Sainz.
It was known that Yuki Tsunoda would have 10 penalty chances for reaching five reprimands. At Red Bull, Max Verstappen will receive five penalty positions for the new internal combustion engine, the second of the amount. In the case of Sergio Pérez, he will receive ten penalties, but he may receive more later.
Finally, Valtteri Bottas will again receive 15 penalty positions at the start. As in Belgium, Alfa Romeo F1 hopes to take the opportunity to not put the Finn back on the grid to start in front of the drivers who will start from the back.
The teams did not make many changes, except for front and rear wings specific to the fast Monza layout, and therefore lower power. Several teams have tried different setups to increase downforce in tight corners and speed in a straight line.
Max Verstappen quickly took the lead with a time of 1’23″449 on hard tyres, ahead of the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, respectively on hard and medium tyres. Verstappen improved to 1’23″234, still on hard rubber . .
Alex Albon took a good fourth place on the medium tyres, before Verstappen improved again in 1’22.853. Tsunoda went out on soft tires and took third place for the time.
Charles Leclerc then took the lead with a 1:22.410 on the soft tyres, while Verstappen struggled to improve his best time.
The drivers then put on the soft tires for a fast run until the end of the session. Carlos Sainz finished second 0.077 behind his teammate, before Mercedes F1 drivers George Russell and then Lewis Hamilton moved in ahead of Verstappen. The Alpine drivers improved, as did Bottas, who entered the top 10.
Driving an F1-75 with yellow accents to celebrate the Scuderia’s anniversary, Leclerc and Sainz therefore started the weekend with a one-two finish, although the Spaniard got out unscathed in his final attempt.
Mercedes follows ahead of Verstappen and Alpine, then Tsunoda, Bottas and Ricciardo. Pierre Gasly is 13th, Lando Norris is 16th while Giovinazzi and De Vries are 18th and 19th, ahead of Nicholas Latifi.
|01||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari F1-75||1:22.410||25|
|02||carlos sainz||Ferrari F1-75||1:22.487||23|
|03||george russell||Mercedes W13||1:22.689||27|
|04||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W13||1:22.831||24|
|05||Max Verstappen||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1:22.840||27|
|06||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A522||1:23.075||28|
|07||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault A522||1:23.099||26|
|08||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1:23.260||26|
|09||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1:23.394||27|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1:23.511||28|
|11||Alex Albon||Williams Mercedes FW44||1:23.529||24|
|12||Guanyu-Zhou||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1:23.570||28|
|13||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1:23.640||27|
|14||Sergio Perez||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1:23.661||21|
|15||Walking the Lance||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||1:23.688||28|
|16||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1:23.856||27|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1:24.006||24|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1:24.317||25|
|19||Nick De Vries||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||1:24.731||22|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes FW44||1:24.941||24|