Ferrari leads the second practice on home turf

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Italy, Autodromo Nazionale di Monzait

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the second practice session for the Italian Grand Prix in front of his team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and his title rival Lewis Hamilton.

After a rainy opening Friday session, the weather presented a more friendly face during the afternoon practice. With ambient temperatures just over 20 degrees and only a few raindrops, drivers could try the dry-weather Pirelli tyres out for the first time this weekend. Pirelli brought the trio of medium, soft and supersoft to Monza as used in Belgium and teams were keen on covering mileages and learn about the tyres' behavior on the 5.793km long track.

The silence in Monza was broken by the Ferrari engines of the Sauber-Alfa Romeo team. Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclers were the first drivers to hit the legendary track. However, the Sweden's run did only last a lap and a few meters, because the DRS on his rear wing reopened as he tried to brake into the first chicane on his first hot lap. Ericsson escaped the accident unscathed despite rolling over several times with his car.

Sebastian Vettel was the only top driver to use only the supersoft tyres during the afternoon. The German driver was quick from the word go in both his performance runs.. However, he found it hard to find the rhythm on the first laps of his second stint before topping the session with a lap time of 1:21.105. On the very lap qualifying lap, he was on an even better pace, but lost control of the rear end of his car and span into the gravel trap around the iconic Parabolica corner, damaging so his rear wing. He could get out of the run-off zone and limp back to the Ferrari box to rejoin the track for a race-simulation run in the dying minutes of the session.

Vettel's team-mate Kimi Räikkönen was second with his Ferrari, enjoying a trouble-free second practice session. In contrast to his team-mate, the Finn used Pirelli's soft tyres at first before switching to the supersofts. Mercedes drivers were showing very different performace. Lewis Hamilton could constantly match Ferrari's pace, especially in the first sector while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas did not find the rhythm with his W09. However, the three-time GP winner enjoyed a much promising race simulation at the end of the session.

Continuing the trend, Red Bull Racing was in a distant third position. After technical gremlins for Daniel Ricciardo in the morning session, the Anglo-Austrian team enjoyed a troublefree second session, but was unable to endanger Ferrari's and Mercedes' dominance.

Making use of its strong end-of-straight performance, Force India was the fourth strongest team on Friday. As in Spa a week ago, McLaren-Honda ended the day last.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1:21.105-27
27Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:21.375+0.270s31
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:21.392+0.287s31
477Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:21.803+0.698s35
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:22.154+1.049s28
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:22.296+1.191s28
731Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:22.930+1.825s30
811Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:22.942+1.837s32
916Charles LeclercSauber Ferrari1:22.965+1.860s20
1027Nico HulkenbergRenault1:23.063+1.958s30
118Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:23.077+1.972s31
1255Carlos SainzRenault1:23.193+2.088s32
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:23.233+2.128s28
1410Pierre GaslyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:23.402+2.297s34
1535Sergey SirotkinWilliams Mercedes1:23.514+2.409s28
1628Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:23.531+2.426s16
1718Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:23.566+2.461s29
1814Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Renault1:23.741+2.636s23
192Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Renault1:24.084+2.979s30
209Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari--2