Max opens Italian GP weekend with P2 in opening practice

Published on 10 September 2021 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen clocked the second fastest time of the opening practice session of the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was quickest around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas completed the top three.

Max opens his Grand Prix weekend with a run on the hard Pirelli tyres, which grants him third place, a second behind Hamilton. Soon after, the Dutchman switches to the medium compound to better his lap time.

As the track rubbers in at the ‘Temple of Speed’, the lap times tumble and teams are looking to prepare for qualifying simulations. Both Red Bull Racing drivers are the first out of the box sporting the soft Pirellis and they clock quick times accordingly.

Nevertheless, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton remains the quickest at the end of the session, having only used the hard and medium Pirellis.

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Results first free practice Italy:

1Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:20.926 28
2Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:21.378+0.452s22
3Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:21.451+0.525s29
4Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:21.676+0.750s23
5Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri Honda1:21.719+0.793s28
6Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:21.824+0.898s26
7Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:21.914+0.988s26
8Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:21.926+1.000s24
9Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:22.003+1.077s27
10Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda1:22.039+1.113s23
11Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:22.102+1.176s25
12Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:22.103+1.177s27
13Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:22.270+1.344s26
14Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda1:22.530+1.604s31
15Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:22.534+1.608s27
16Robert KubicaKUBAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:23.009+2.083s28
17George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:23.092+2.166s31
18Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:23.442+2.516s30
19Nikita MazepinMAZHaas Ferrari1:23.445+2.519s23
20Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:23.551+2.625s23