Mercedes comfortably ahead in first practice at Monza

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Italy, Autodromo Nazionale di Monzait

Mercedes were by far the fastest during the first free practice session of the Italian Grand Prix weekend. While Ferrari were still the fastest of the competition, neither of the scarlet cars got within a second of Hamilton's pace setting laptime.

While both Ferraris were closely matched in third and fourth, the Red Bulls - running an interestingly low-profile rear wing - were closely behind as well.

The Force India duo, led by Sergio Perez, were 7th and 8th faster, another half a second further down. Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Massa completed the top 10 for McLaren and Williams respectively.

The session saw some mild rain 15 minutes from the end of the session, but nothing that necessitated full wet or intermediate tyres. All drivers set their best times of the session on the super softs, the tyre that is clearly favoured given the tyre selection teams made for this weekend. Only 7 drivers tried soft tyres during the session while Williams' Massa and Stroll only ran the supersofts, opting to not run the harder compounds at all.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:21.537-28
277Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:21.972+0.435s31
35Sebastian VettelFerrari1:22.652+1.115s24
47Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:22.689+1.152s28
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:22.742+1.205s28
633Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:22.749+1.212s23
711Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:23.317+1.780s36
831Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:23.400+1.863s34
92Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:23.465+1.928s24
1019Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:23.561+2.024s37
1155Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:23.680+2.143s22
1220Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:23.973+2.436s22
1318Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:23.991+2.454s30
1426Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:24.012+2.475s27
1514Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:24.015+2.478s17
168Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:24.079+2.542s22
1727Nico HulkenbergRenault1:24.542+3.005s17
1830Jolyon PalmerRenault1:25.166+3.629s21
1994Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:25.223+3.686s26
209Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:25.687+4.150s17