FP1: Bottas leads Hamilton as Italian GP weekend kicks off

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Italy, Autodromo Nazionale di Monzait

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in first practice at Monza, helped by a tow from his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. The Finn's best time was more than 2 tenths faster than the Championship leader who was second fastest.

Having the Mercedes in front of the pack is not a surprise in practice, but teams will be very eager to learn how their relative performances are in qualifying, given that this Italian GP weekend is the first without the so-called qualifying engine modes with which Mercedes is thought to have had a considerable advantage so far this season.

Somewhat unfamiliar is Albon sitting in third, ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen. The latter crashed off at Variante Ascari and broke a Red Bull front wing. The Dutchman simply lost the rear in the middle of the corner and slid over the sausage kerbs into the tecpro barrier on the outside of the corner. Though he kept his engine going, a red flag was necessary to get his car out of the gravel trap.

Pierre Gasly was 6th fastest, putting both AlphaTauri's in the top 6. He too was seen kicking up some gravel in the session, just like many others did actually.

Slower, and further down the pecking order are the usual suspects, with once again Sebastian Vettel among them. The 4-time Champion ended up just 19th, splitting both Williams cars, meaning he was slower than Williams' FP1 stand-in Roy Nissany.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
177Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:20.703-28
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:20.948+0.245s27
323Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda1:21.500+0.797s30
426Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri Honda1:21.555+0.852s31
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:21.641+0.938s22
610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda1:21.667+0.964s27
711Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:21.747+1.044s25
84Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault1:21.747+1.044s29
93Daniel RicciardoRenault1:21.789+1.086s22
1055Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault1:21.821+1.118s27
1116Charles LeclercFerrari1:21.904+1.201s25
1231Esteban OconRenault1:21.984+1.281s28
1318Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:22.131+1.428s21
148Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:22.409+1.706s20
1520Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:22.422+1.719s19
1699Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:22.552+1.849s24
177Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:22.619+1.916s27
1840Roy NissanyWilliams Mercedes1:22.826+2.123s25
195Sebastian VettelFerrari1:22.988+2.285s24
206Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:23.120+2.417s22