FP3: Verstappen dominates final practice at Monza

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Italy, Autodromo Nazionale di Monzait

Following Ferrari's strong showing on home turf at Monza yesterday, Max Verstappen bounced back in the final practice to lead Charles Leclerc with a benchmark of 1m21.252s. F1Technical's Balázs Szabó reports from the Monza paddock.

Championship leader Verstappen led the opening part of the session on Pirelli's medium compound before setting the quickest time of the weekend with a 1m21.252s to go over three tenths of a second faster than Ferrari driver Leclerc. The Monegasque racer appeared to be fast on low fuel, but could not get the best out of his red-walled soft tyres after making a mistake on his first qualifying simulation attempt.

Carlos Sainz topped Free Practice 2 yesterday, but he could not go better than third with his best lap slower than what Verstappen managed on the medium compound. Red Bull Racing's Mexican racer Sergio Perez was significantly slower than his team mate, but it was still enough for P4 given his car's dominance at the high-speed circuit of Monza.

Mercedes drivers continued to struggle for pace with George Russell finishing the session in P7, over a second adrift of Verstappen's benchmark. His team mate Lewis Hamilton, who has scored five wins at the Italian Grand Prix so far, ended up a further three places behind.

Williams repeated its impressive form from yesterday with Nicholas Latifi taking 13th ahead of Nyck de Vries, who stepped in to substitue for Alexander Albon, who is forced to miss the Italian Grand Prix after having been diagnosed with appendicitis.

The big disappointment was the duo of the Haas and the Aston Martin teams. The American outfit continued to have reliability issues in the final practice with Mick Schumacher restricted to just seven laps after missing Free Practice 1 completely and the second half of the second session as well.

The German took 19th, but his team mate Kevin Magnussen also only managed a lap time that saw him end just a single position higher up on the order.

The Haas duo was sandwiched in between the twoAston Martin drivers with Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll taking 17th and 20th respectively.


11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:21.25219
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:21.599+0.347s14
311Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Rbpt1:21.848+0.596s25
455Carlos SainzFerrari1:21.897+0.645s16
514Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:22.306+1.054s17
64Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:22.319+1.067s18
763George RussellMercedes1:22.357+1.105s24
822Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Rbpt1:22.430+1.178s27
931Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:22.506+1.254s17
1044Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:22.567+1.315s21
1124Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:22.657+1.405s13
1210Pierre GaslyAlphatauri Rbpt1:22.755+1.503s21
136Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:22.776+1.524s18
1445Nyck De VriesWilliams Mercedes1:22.869+1.617s21
153Daniel RicciardoMclaren Mercedes1:22.871+1.619s19
1677Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:22.950+1.698s26
175Sebastian VettelAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:23.104+1.852s20
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:23.203+1.951s16
1947Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:23.392+2.140s7
2018Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:23.739+2.487s16