Valtteri Bottas has finished as fastest man in the first practice session at Monza. With clear and sunny skies overhead in Milan, it was a pretty relaxed session as the teams and drivers ramped themselves up for a weekend at Formula 1’s Temple of Speed.
Bottas did a 1:20.703 on the Soft compound tyre in the opening half of the session, finishing a quarter of a second clear of teammate Lewis Hamilton.
The session was interrupted by a red flag period, caused by Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver was pushing hard through Ascari when he lost the rear of his Red Bull. This resulted in him sliding off into the barriers, and he damaged his front wing.
It’s 11th and a somewhat more disappointing 19th for Scuderia Ferrari on home ground in the first session, with German driver Sebastian Vettel four tenths slower than Roy Nissany’s Williams in the final sector. Charles Leclerc got a decent tow on his quickest lap, although he still was 1.2s off the leading pace, in what unfortunately will most likely be another very difficult weekend for the Maranello team.
Here are the complete results from the first practice (FP1) session at Monza in Milan, Italy.
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:20.703
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.245
Alex Albon Red Bull Racing +0.797
Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri +0.852
Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.938
Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +0.964
Sergio Perez Racing Point +1.044
Lando Norris McLaren +1.044
Daniel Ricciardo Renault +1.086
Carlos Sainz McLaren +1.118
Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.201
Esteban Ocon Renault +1.281
Lance Stroll Racing Point +1.428
Romain Grosjean Haas +1.706
Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.719
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.849
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.916
Roy Nissany Williams +2.123
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +2.285
Nicholas Latifi Williams +2.417