F1 – Mercedes on prime in last observe for Italian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 in last observe for the Italian Grand Prix, with the seven-time beating team-mate Valtteri Bottas by two tenths of a second in a session interrupted by heavy crash involving Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

The session, devoted largely to data gathering for the afternoon’s dash qualifying and tomorrow’s race noticed Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez cleared the path early on. Perez initially set the tempo on medium tyres with a lap of 1:24.870 however when championship chief Verstappen emerged quarter-hour into the session on comfortable tyres he rapidly claimed prime spot with lap time of 1:24.006 earlier than working his solution to a finest time of 1:23.754.

The Crimson Bulls sat on the prime of the order when the session was red-flagged for Sainz’s crash after 26 minutes. The Spaniard misplaced management of his Ferrari halfway by means of the Ascari chicane and went arduous and nose-first into the barries on the left aspect of the monitor. “I had an enormous crash,” he informed his crew earlier than including: “That damage bit however I’m OK.” The pink flags have been displayed and operating was halted for nearly 13 minutes.

A tricky session for the Italian squad was made tougher when 5 minutes earlier than the top of the session Charles Leclerc radioed the Ferrari pit wall telling them that he needed to cease and that he would clarify when he returned to the storage. He boxed and didn’t take any additional half within the session.

Quickly after the resumption Hamilton used comfortable tyres to put up a lap of A lap time of 1:23.246 to leap forward of Verstappen. Bottas in the meantime moved to second place on medium tyres.

Perez, took fourth place forward of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, whereas Robert Kubica completed sixth for Alfa Romeo forward of team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi. Fernando Alonso rounded out the highest 10 for Alpine.

2021 FIA Formulation 1 Italian Grand Prix – Free Observe 2
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 25 1:23.246
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 24 1:23.468 0.222
3 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull Racing 23 1:23.662 0.416
4 Sergio Perez Crimson Bull Racing 29 1:23.917 0.671
5 Esteban Ocon Alpine 20 1:24.263 1.017
6 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 28 1:24.280 1.034
7 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 26 1:24.502 1.256
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine 16 1:24.539 1.293
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 24 1:24.654 1.408
10 Lando Norris McLaren 27 1:24.665 1.419
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 21 1:24.770 1.524
12 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 24 1:24.774 1.528
13 Nicholas Latifi Williams 23 1:24.805 1.559
14 George Russell Williams 22 1:25.083 1.837
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 32 1:25.422 2.176
16 Nikita Mazepin Haas 23 1:25.729 2.483
17 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 28 1:25.763 2.517
18 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 28 1:25.935 2.689
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 25 1:26.012 2.766
20 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 14 1:26.124 2.878

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