Vettel heads Ferrari one-two in eventful Monza practice

Tom Howard

Saturday 1st September, 2018 - 1:00am

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Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two in Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix which was punctuated by a huge crash for Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.

Ferrari emerged as the team to beat at Monza after locking out the top two positions in Practice 2, held in dry conditions after rain affected the opening session.

Proceedings were however delayed by 20 minutes at the start of Practice 2 when Ericsson was involved in a frightening crash.

The Swede found the barriers on the start/finish straight when the car snapped left upon hitting the brakes as he prepared to tackle the chicane.

Marcus Ericsson suffered a huge crash in Practice 2 pic: F1

Ericsson was pitched into a series of barrel rolls before emerging from the wreckage unscathed. It is thought a DRS failure prompted the crash.

Ferrari soon came to the fore when action resumed after barriers underwent repairs.

Vettel headed Kimi Raikkonen initially before the pair swapped positions during qualifying simulations.

The Belgian Grand Prix winner responded to post a 1:21.105s on his third qualifying simulation run which ultimately remained as the Friday benchmark.

However, the session was not without incident as Vettel skated into the gravel trap before nudging the barriers at the Parabolica while trying to improve his time.

After recovering to the pits, slight damage too the rear wing end plate forced him out of action until the session entered its final 10 minutes.

Raikkonen maintained second spot with a 0.270s deficit to his team-mate, while championship leader Lewis Hamilton was third just 0.017s behind the Finn.

Valtteri Bottas in the sister Mercedes claimed fourth ahead of the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo who were more than a second adrift of Vettel.

Ricciardo trialled Renault’s new C spec engine but will start from the back of the grid due to the power unit change.

The Racing Point Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, who topped the rain hit opening practice, were seventh and eighth, while the top 10 was rounded out by Charles Leclerc (Sauber) and Nico Hulkeneberg (Renault).

Brendon Hartley ended up in 16th position for Toro Rosso ahead of Williams’ Lance Stroll and the struggling McLaren pair of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Practice 3 is scheduled for Saturday at 2000 AEST before qualifying at 2300.

Results: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.105s 27
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.375s 0.270s 31
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.392s 0.287s 31
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.803s 0.698s 35
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m22.154s 1.049s 28
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m22.296s 1.191s 28
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m22.930s 1.825s 30
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m22.942s 1.837s 32
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.965s 1.860s 20
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m23.063s 1.958s 30
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m23.077s 1.972s 31
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m23.193s 2.088s 32
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.233s 2.128s 28
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m23.402s 2.297s 34
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m23.514s 2.409s 28
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m23.531s 2.426s 16
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m23.566s 2.461s 29
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m23.741s 2.636s 23
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m24.084s 2.979s 30
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2

Results: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.000s 18
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.550s 0.550s 28
3 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m34.593s 0.593s 17
4 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m35.024s 1.024s 17
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.207s 1.207s 13
6 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m35.438s 1.438s 19
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m35.665s 1.665s 10
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m35.995s 1.995s 15
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m36.107s 2.107s 15
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m36.238s 2.238s 8
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m36.546s 2.546s 6
12 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.648s 2.648s 10
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m37.066s 3.066s 13
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m37.426s 3.426s 14
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m37.683s 3.683s 13
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m37.790s 3.790s 11
17 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.867s 3.867s 4
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m37.929s 3.929s 10
19 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m38.253s 4.253s 8
20 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m38.282s 4.282s 9

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