Carlos Sainz edged out Max Verstappen to top Practice Two; Charles Leclerc was third after leading a Ferrari one-two in first practice; Sainz and Verstappen among several drivers taking grid penalties in Sunday’s race; Watch Italian GP qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 3pm on Saturday
Last Updated: 09/09/22 5:43pm
Carlos Sainz completed a Ferrari Friday practice double at the Italian GP, after Formula 1 paid its respects to Queen Elizabeth II.
F1, taking place this weekend at Monza, held a minute’s silence moments before Friday’s first session began, which was impeccably observed by drivers and teams in the pit lane and was followed by a short applause.
There have also been tributes to The Queen on many of the cars, and touching words from the sport’s leading figures.
Sainz’s time of 1:21.664 saw him outpace world championship leader Max Verstappen by 0.143s, although both drivers are facing grid penalties in Sunday’s race after exceeding their allowance of new parts.
Charles Leclerc, who had led a Ferrari one-two from Sainz in first practice, was half a tenth further back in third, and looks well positioned to contend for a home victory for the Italian team amid the penalties for his rivals.
While the top three appeared in a league of their own, Lando Norris produced an impressive performance to take fourth for McLaren ahead of both Mercedes drivers, with fifth-placed George Russell and team-mate Lewis Hamilton split by the Red Bull of Sergio Perez.
“We started off quite well, but Ferrari and Red Bull have taken a step forwards – or maybe we’ve taken a step back,” said Russell. “We were obviously behind a McLaren in P2 so a bit of work is needed to understand that.
Hamilton added: “I’m giving everything out there, it just doesn’t feel particularly quick.”
The session was interrupted by a red flag around its midway point as a power unit issue caused Mick Schumacher to stop out on track, with the Haas driver having already been rumoured to be likely to join the growing list of drivers taking grid penalties for Sunday’s race.
Verstappen has taken his fifth Internal Combustion Engine of the season and so will take a five-place grid penalty, while his Red Bull team-mate Perez is taking a 10-place penalty.
Ferrari’s Sainz will drop to the rear of the grid along with Yuki Tsuonda and Lewis Hamilton, with the Mercedes driver’s penalty having been confirmed on Thursday.
- Max Verstappen – 5 places
- Sergio Perez – 10 places
- Valtteri Bottas – 15 places
- Carlos Sainz – back of grid
- Lewis Hamilton – back of grid
- Yuki Tsunoda – back of grid
F1 are expected to pay further tribute to The Queen ahead of Sunday’s race, and Red Bull boss Christian Horner said there was a “sombre mood” in the paddock on Friday.
“It’s a very sombre mood here,” he told Sky Sports F1. “Obviously the news of her passing was very sad for everybody, for the whole nation.
“Whenever you think of the UK, you think of the Queen. Wherever we go in the world, she was such an iconic person.
“We should be celebrating what she did for our country, the way she represented us and the high standards she had. The response in Monza here this morning was extremely moving.”
McLaren’s British driver Norris added: “The news is saddening to hear about Queen Elizabeth, sad for the whole of the UK. Condolences to the whole Royal Family for everything that she’s given for us Brits.”
Italian GP Practice Two Timesheet
|1) Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||1:21.664|
|2) Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+0.143|
|3) Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||+0.193|
|4) Lando Norris||McLaren||+0.674|
|5) George Russell||Mercedes||+0.722|
|6) Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+0.730|
|7) Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+0.839|
|8) Esteban Ocon||Alpine||+1.064|
|9) Fernando Alonso||Alpine||+1.088|
|10) Alex Albon||Williams||+1.171|
|11) Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||+1.247|
|12) Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||+1.274|
|13) Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+1.329|
|14) Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||+1.471|
|15) Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||+1.553|
|16) Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+1.893|
|17) Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+2.067|
|18) Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+2.121|
|19) Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+2.318|
|20) Mick Schumacher||Haas||+2.922|