Bottas fastest as Mercedes sets the pace at Monza

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas emerged fastest in Friday practice as Mercedes made a strong start to the Italian Grand Prix weekend.

The high speed Monza layout played into the hands of the Silver Arrows resulting in Bottas narrowly edging team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas posted a 1:21.406s lap on super-soft tyres in Practice 2 to top the overall times with a 0.056s margin over Hamilton, who headed the opening 90 minute practice session.

Ferrari struggled to match Mercedes on home soil before closing the gap in the afternoon session.

Sebastian Vettel managed to log a time within 0.140s of Bottas, while the sister Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was fourth almost three tenths slower than the four-time world champion.

Red Bull once again proved the best of the rest as Max Verstappen enjoyed a 0.3s gap over his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to claim fifth spot.

The Milton Keynes operation is set for a challenging weekend after undertaking a range of engine component changes.

As a result, the team will take 20 and 15 place grid penalties for Ricciardo and Verstappen respectively.

McLaren showed encouraging signs with Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso seventh and eighth on the timesheets.

The increase in performance arrives following the emergence of an upgraded version of the Honda engine, which has seen both drivers incur 35 place grid penalties for power unit changes.

The top 10 was rounded out by Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Williams’ Felipe Massa.

The only casualty of practice was Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz who suffered an engine failure in Practice 2.

He headed into the session having already been hit with a 10 place grid drop after the team elected to change the MGU-K.

Meanwhile, Williams’ Lance Stroll endured a spin at the Ascari chicane before going on to finish 15th fastest.

Result: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:21.406s 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.462s 0.056s 24
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.546s 0.140s 33
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:21.804s 0.398s 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:22.409s 1.003s 34
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:22.752s 1.346s 22
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1:22.947s 1.541s 31
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:22.968s 1.562s 31
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1:22.977s 1.571s 43
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:22.985s 1.579s 42
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:23.150s 1.744s 21
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:23.272s 1.866s 14
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:23.317s 1.911s 34
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:23.352s 1.946s 43
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1:23.403s 1.997s 36
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:23.567s 2.161s 31
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:23.650s 2.244s 20
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1:24.253s 2.847s 28
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:24.894s 3.488s 39
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1:25.295s 3.889s 25

Result: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.537s 28
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:21.972s 0.435s 31
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.652s 1.115s 24
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:22.689s 1.152s 28
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:22.742s 1.205s 28
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:22.749s 1.212s 23
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:23.317s 1.780s 36
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1:23.400s 1.863s 34
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1:23.465s 1.928s 24
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:23.561s 2.024s 37
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:23.680s 2.143s 22
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:23.973s 2.436s 22
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1:23.991s 2.454s 30
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1:24.012s 2.475s 27
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:24.015s 2.478s 17
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:24.079s 2.542s 22
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:24.542s 3.005s 17
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:25.166s 3.629s 21
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1:25.223s 3.686s 26
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:25.687s 4.150s 17

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