September 25, 2021

Hamilton comfortably quickest in sole practice session before qualifying | 2021 Italian Grand Prix first practice

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Lewis Hamilton comfortably led the sole practice session ahead of qualifying at Monza.

The Mercedes driver used a set of medium compound tyres to set the benchmark time of the first hour of running. He lapped the parkland circuit in 1’20.926, leaving him over two seconds off his record-setting pole position lap time of last year.

However he incurred the wrath of Esteban Ocon after getting in the Alpine driver’s way in the middle of the high-speed Ascari chicane late in the session.

Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas also favoured the medium tyre and went third-fastest, over half a second behind. The pair were separated by Max Verstappen, the championship leader four-tenths of a second off Hamilton’s pace despite running the soft rubber, the only compound drivers may use in this afternoon’s qualifying session.

Aston Martin pair Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel made it four Mercedes-powered cars in the top six. The consistently impressive Pierre Gasly separated them.

Despite a dramatic moment at the exit of Ascari, Carlos Sainz Jnr posted the seventh-quickest time in his Ferrari. The top 10 was completed by Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez, the Red Bull six-tenths of a second off his team mate.

Yuki Tsunoda was even further behind his team mate, and signalled his unhappiness to Nikita Mazepin after being held up by the Haas driver early in the session. The Haas drivers ended the session slowest, though both were within half a second of the quickest Williams.

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2021 Italian Grand Prix first practice result

First practice visual gaps

Lewis Hamilton – 1’20.926

+0.452 Max Verstappen – 1’21.378

+0.525 Valtteri Bottas – 1’21.451

+0.750 Lance Stroll – 1’21.676

+0.793 Pierre Gasly – 1’21.719

+0.898 Sebastian Vettel – 1’21.824

+0.988 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’21.914

+1.000 Fernando Alonso – 1’21.926

+1.077 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’22.003

+1.113 Sergio Perez – 1’22.039

+1.176 Charles Leclerc – 1’22.102

+1.177 Lando Norris – 1’22.103

+1.344 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’22.270

+1.604 Yuki Tsunoda – 1’22.530

+1.608 Esteban Ocon – 1’22.534

+2.083 Robert Kubica – 1’23.009

+2.166 George Russell – 1’23.092

+2.516 Nicholas Latifi – 1’23.442

+2.519 Nikita Mazepin – 1’23.445

+2.625 Mick Schumacher – 1’23.551

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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