Singapore Grand Prix practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen to fastest time by 0.184 seconds in the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton hit the front for Mercedes during the early running when he was on medium-compound Pirellis, setting a best time of 1m39.991s.
Verstappen, on hards, was second quickest for Red Bull during this phase of the 90-minute session but seven-tenths slower than Hamilton.
As usual, the 20 cars then switched to soft rubber for their qualifying simulation runs.
Alex Albon, in the second Red Bull, was the first to hit the top of the timesheets on that rubber with a time of 1m39.943s, only to be relegated to second shortly afterwards by Verstappen.
Hamilton then took first place with a lap of 1m38.773s, which stood as the fastest of the session.
Both drivers attempted to improve but were unable to do so on subsequent attempts, with Verstappen making it clear over the radio that he felt he could do better as his best lap was "compromised" in the final sector.
The Ferrari drivers were frustrated by traffic early in their qualifying simulation runs, with Sebastian Vettel suggesting Kevin Magnussen was "sleeping" after the Haas driver got in his way.
But they eventually did complete push laps, with Leclerc, who lost most of practice one to a gearbox failure, was 0.111s quicker than Vettel initially before the four-time champion jumped to third and left his team-mate back in sixth.
Valtteri Bottas recovered from his practice one crash with fourth fastest time, but was 1.121s off his pacesetting team-mate.
He was just half-a-tenth faster than Albon, who ended the session in fourth place after a difficult session during which he had an early trip up the Turn 7 escape road at the end of the kinked back straight before crunching his front wing into the barriers at the Turn 10 left-hander.
McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr was seventh fastest and just 0.016s slower than Vettel – putting him almost two tenths clear of Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg in eighth.
Lando Norris took ninth for McLaren, lapping two tenths slower than Sainz, with Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly rounding out the top 10.
Daniil Kvyat, who had an early brush with the wall, was 11th fastest and within a tenth of team-mate Gasly – with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo 12th.
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was 13th, 2.10s off the pace, but angered Magnussen during the qualifying simulation runs when he drifted to his right while the Haas driver was attempting to pass him on that side. The stewards will investigate the incident after the session.
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was classified 14th ahead of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.
The pair set identical lap times – 1m41.128s – but Giovinazzi was placed ahead as he had set his time earlier in the session.
Kimi Raikkonen was 16th in the other Alfa Romeo, losing out to his team-mate in the first and third sectors of the lap.
Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Magnussen were 17th and 19th respectively, putting them in among the Williams drivers.
George Russell was 18th having been as high as sixth thanks to being the first driver to complete a qualifying simulation lap, with Kubica last after lapping 0.732s off his team-mate.
Practice two times
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m38.957s||0.184s||29|
|5||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||1m39.943s||1.170s||30|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m40.145s||1.372s||33|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m40.637s||1.864s||32|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m40.713s||1.940s||32|
|13||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m40.875s||2.102s||29|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m41.128s||2.355s||35|
|15||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m41.128s||2.355s||31|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m41.232s||2.459s||28|
Singapore F1 practice: Verstappen top; Bottas, Leclerc hit trouble
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen topped the opening Formula 1 free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix, while Valtteri Bottas caused a red flag by crashing his Mercedes.
Verstappen used soft-compound Pirellis to knock Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel off top spot by 0.167 seconds with just under half-an-hour remaining of the 90 minute session.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had set the pace during the initial 40 minutes when drivers were on their first set of tyres, setting a time of 1m41.469s to lead the way by 0.469s.
During this phase of running, Racing Point driver Lance Stroll was third fastest, just ahead of Bottas who clipped a wall early on his run and damaged a rim – limiting him to just three early laps.
This meant Bottas was the first to head out on his second set of rubber, using hard-compound Pirellis first to move up to second then to take top spot.
Hamilton then headed out, also on hards, deposing Bottas by six tenths of a second to make it a Mercedes one-two.
But Ferrari still had to go and both Vettel and Charles Leclerc had fresh softs, with Vettel taking top spot with a lap of 1m40.426s.
Leclerc hit trouble before he could post a time on his fresh softs with a gearbox problem that manifested itself at Turn 19.
He was able to coast back to the pitlane, where his car was retrieved by the Ferrari crew – but did not return to the track.
Verstappen then improved again to take top spot for good with a lap of 1m40.259s, shortly before Bottas crashed and triggered a 10-minute red flag.
The rear stepped out on Bottas was he turned into the Turn 19 right-hander, sending him spearing into the wall with the car sustaining significant damage.
By this time, Bottas had been shuffled down to fourth behind Hamilton, with the second Red Bull of Alex Albon fifth fastest and 1.208s off the pace.
Nico Hulkenberg was the best of the midfield runners for Renault with a lap set on softs shortly before the red flag.
Both McLaren drivers were delayed by the red flag, but headed out after the restart to set their best times of the session – with Carlos Sainz Jr going seventh fastest, 1.746s off the pace.
Lando Norris went eighth, but only after an off at the Turn 7 left-hander while on his first push lap.
The two Toro Rossos rounded out the top 10, with Daniil Kvyat ninth and Pierre Gasly 10th and separated by just 0.072s.
Daniel Ricciardo was 11th fastest for Renault, just ahead of the lead Haas of Romain Grosjean – whose deal for the 2020 season with the team was confirmed on Thursday.
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was forced to have his quick run after the red flag, jumping up to 13th place with a lap 2.418s off the pace.
Stroll slipped to 14th by the end of the session having not improved on his first-set time due to moving onto hards, putting him just over three tenths ahead of the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen – who complained of braking problems early on.
Robert Kubica, who announced on Thursday that he will not continue with Williams next year, was 17th fastest ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.
Leclerc ended up 19th with his early time ahead of the second Williams of George Russell.
Practice one times
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m40.259s||–||22|
|5||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||1m41.467s||1.208s||24|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m41.966s||1.707s||20|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m42.305s||2.046s||26|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m42.377s||2.118s||24|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m42.677s||2.418s||15|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m42.786s||2.527s||13|
|15||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m42.791s||2.532s||28|
|18||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m43.369s||3.110s||23|
Italian Grand Prix: Leclerc resists Mercedes for Monza victory
Charles Leclerc resisted an intense attack from Lewis Hamilton and a late charge from Valtteri Bottas to win the Italian Grand Prix and earn back-to-back Formula 1 wins.
Leclerc fought single-handedly for victory at Ferrari’s home race after team-mate Sebastian Vettel had a spin early on while running fourth.
Hamilton gave chase for more than 20 laps in the middle of the grand prix before Bottas took over Mercedes’ attack at the end, but Leclerc kept both at bay to win again just seven days after claiming his maiden grand prix victory.
Leclerc had kept Hamilton at arm’s length through the first stint but came under attack after stopping one lap later than his pursuer – and taking hard tyres to the Mercedes driver’s mediums.
Hamilton’s earlier stop brought him out within striking distance of Leclerc straight away and two engaged in an ultra-intense cat-and-mouse chase for more than 20 laps.
During that time, Hamilton got close enough to launch two serious attacks.
First, on lap 23 of the 53, Hamilton used a minor delay as Leclerc passed Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault at Parabolica to force the youngster to defend into the first chicane – where Leclerc took to the run-off.
Leclerc defended again into the second chicane but moved back across to the right, made light contact with Hamilton and forced his rival onto the run-off.
Leclerc was given a black-and-white flag warning for that move, and was perhaps fortunate to get away with what Hamilton described as "dangerous" driving on lap 36.
A small lock-up from Leclerc sent him over the run-off at the first chicane and gave Hamilton a run out of the corner.
As Hamilton looked to the outside through Curva Grande, Leclerc jinked to the left to block his path – leaving Hamilton vexed.
Over the next few laps Hamilton remained in close proximity but failed to launch another attack before locking his front left into the first chicane at the start of lap 42.
Hamilton took to the escape road, allowing Bottas through into second after the Finn had crept up to the lead two with his long first stint giving him an eight-lap offset on fresh tyres.
Bottas picked up the chase, three seconds adrift of Leclerc, and almost got within DRS range with six laps to go before losing a bit of time in the final sector.
His best chance came three laps from the end when he got to just half a second behind Leclerc, but Bottas ran deep into the first corner and dropped back.
Bottas got within DRS range again on the final lap, then made a small mistake at the second chicane that ensured Leclerc won by 0.8 seconds.
Hamilton finished a distant third after pitting for fresh tyres to set the fastest lap and score a bonus point, meaning his championship advantage over Bottas stands at 63 points.
While Leclerc held on to win his first Italian GP as a Ferrari driver, Vettel had a miserable race and finished outside the points in 13th.
He ran fourth early on but spun after striking the kerb on the entrance to the Ascari chicane on lap six.
Vettel then rejoined the track while cars were flashing past and clipped the Racing Point of Lance Stroll, who was seventh, into a spin.
Stroll got going again but rejoined as Pierre Gasly was exiting Ascari – which forced the Toro Rosso driver through the gravel.
Vettel received a 10s stop-go penalty for his unsafe return to the track, the harshest possible penalty short of disqualification, while Stroll’s actions were deemed slightly less severe and he was hit with a drivethrough.
In the absence of Vettel – and also Max Verstappen, who started at the back following an engine change and had his race compromised by a first lap clash – Daniel Ricciardo clinched Renault’s best result of the season in fourth.
Ricciardo had fallen behind team-mate Hulkenberg in the early laps but quickly repassed the sister car and assumed fourth when Vettel spun.
He held a commanding advantage over Hulkenberg until the end of the race, while Hulkenberg – who had briefly passed Vettel on lap one – held onto fifth ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon to give Renault a massive haul of points.
Albon had to regain ground after banging wheels with Carlos Sainz Jr and going through the Lesmo gravel, and receiving a 5s time penalty for cutting a corner when battling with Kevin Magnussen.
Behind Albon, Sergio Perez benefited from a well-timed virtual safety car around his pitstop window to finish seventh, despite starting 18th.
Verstappen made it back to eighth after stopping on lap one for a new front wing, having broken his when the field bunched up at the first corner.
Antonio Giovinazzi scored points in his home race in ninth, while Lando Norris completed the top 10 having started 16th.
Three drivers retired from the grand prix, two shortly after making their pitstops.
Carlos Sainz Jr lost a likely strong points finish when his McLaren’s front right wheel was not attached properly at his stop.
Daniil Kvyat, also running well inside the top 10, pulled his smokey Toro Rosso to a halt exiting the first chicane after his own stop.
Magnussen was the final retiree. He had already dropped out of the points when he locked up at Turn 1 and took to the run-off and eventually stopped with a hydraulic problem.
|6||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||53||59.315s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||53||1m13.802s|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||53||1m14.492s|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|10||Lando Norris||McLaren/Renault||52||1 Lap|
|11||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||52||1 Lap|
|12||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||52||1 Lap|
|13||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|14||George Russell||Williams/Mercedes||52||1 Lap|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|16||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|17||Robert Kubica||Williams/Mercedes||51||2 Laps|
|–||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||29||Oil leak|
|–||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||27||Wheel|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||58|
Raikkonen’s Monza F1 qualifying crash forces gearbox change, penalty
Kimi Raikkonen will take a five-place grid penalty for Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix after heavily crashing his Alfa Romeo in qualifying at Monza.
Raikkonen crashes at the Parabolica during his first run in the final segment of qualifying, triggering a red flag that cost drivers such as Lewis Hamilton a chance to improve their first flying lap times.
The hard rear-end impact means Alfa has been forced to change the gearbox for the Italian GP.
Raikkonen’s crash came before he had set a time in Q3, meaning he initially qualified 10th, but is set to start 15th barring any other penalties elsewhere on the grid.
"I paid the price for my mistake, which is a bit of a shame as the car was behaving pretty well," said Raikkonen.
"There is a lot of damage so we have to see where I’ll start tomorrow.
"But maybe the weather will help and, in mixed conditions, we can still get a good result. I’ll definitely try my best to make up ground in the race."
Leclerc on pole for F1 Italian GP after late farce stops final runs
Charles Leclerc claimed pole position for the Italian Grand Prix after a farcical climax to Formula 1 qualifying.
Leclerc put his Ferrari on pole position with a lap of 1m20.126s on his first run in Q3, giving him an advantage of 0.039s over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
But with the tow crucial at Monza, ahead of the second runs the 10 Q3 drivers engaged in a ‘slow race’ for the ideal position to start their flying laps, with most failing to make it to the end of the lap before the chequered flag.
This meant no driver was able to improve their time on the second run, with Hamilton complaining that the Ferrari drivers had held everyone up and "just timed everyone out".
The stewards are investigating "the last lap of qualifying", with drivers having previously been warned about slow outlaps.
Valtteri Bottas, who just completed his first lap before the red flags flew in Q3 for Kimi Raikkonen spinning into the wall at Parabolica, was third fastest, just 0.004s slower than his team-mate.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest in the second Ferrari, a tenth off Bottas and ahead of the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo.
Nico Hulkenberg was sixth fastest ahead of Carlos Sainz, who was the slowest of the seven drivers to set a time in Q3.
Alex Albon, Lance Stroll and Raikkonen were classified eighth, ninth and 10th respectively, with none of them posting a time
While Raikkonen’s was thanks to his first-run crash, which crucially cost Hamilton time on his first run, Albon and Stroll were unable to complete a lap thanks to the late-session shenanigans.
Antonio Giovinazzi showed how big a difference a tiny gap can make and ended up as the fastest of the five drivers eliminated in Q2, despite lapping just two-thousandths slower than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Giovinazzi jumped Haas driver Kevin Magnussen with his final lap, with the Haas driver ending up a tenth slower in 12th place after failing to improve on his first Q2 run time.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was 13th fastest, with the rear stepping out at the exit of the second chicane on his final attempt and leading to him take a bite of the gravel.
That lap was his fastest and was enough to put him ahead of two drivers who did not mount serious Q2 attempts – thanks to having back-of-the-grid penalties for power unit changes – in McLaren’s Lando Norris and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly.
Romain Grosjean was quickest of those eliminated in the first segment of qualifying in 16th place despite lapping just 0.658s off Q1 pacesetter Leclerc.
The Haas driver was in trouble after the first runs in Q1, which were separated by a four-minute red flag caused by Sergio Perez’s Racing Point stopping on track, but did improve on the second attempt.
This temporarily put him into the top 15, but improvements by Sainz and Stroll meant he missed out on advancing after lapping 0.061s slower than Kvyat.
Perez, who ground to a halt at Curva Grande after suffering a loss of power at the end of his first run, ended up 17th.
The red flag did not cause much disruption as it fell between the first and second runs of the drivers.
But Vettel was on a lap that was set to be an improvement running on mediums that he had to abandon, and he subsequently did go out on softs as a precautionary measure and did not set a time.
George Russell won the intra-Williams battle for the slowest driver in qualifying, lapping 0.556s faster than Robert Kubica.
That put them 18th and 19th, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen not setting a time after reporting a lack of power on his run.
Verstappen was always set to start at the rear thanks to being one of three drivers with a back-of-the-grid penalty, along with Gasly and Norris.
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1.148s|
|8||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||–|
|9||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||–|
|10||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1.210s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1.323s|
|14||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1.984s|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||–|
|19||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1.818s|
|20||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||–|
Vettel beats Verstappen to top F1’s Italian GP final practice
Sebastian Vettel edged Max Verstappen by just 0.032s to set the fastest time in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc was the benchmark on Friday and set the initial pace in Saturday afternoon’s one-hour session.
But Leclerc made only a tiny improvement on a "useless" final run, allowing Vettel to leapfrog him for top spot and Verstappen to showcase impressive performance in his Honda-powered Red Bull.
Drivers were not allowed to take to the track until 10 minutes into the session to allow race organisers to complete fence repairs and remove a sausage kerb that had caused an enormous crash in the FIA Formula 3 race that preceded FP3.
Leclerc hit the front after the first meaningful qualifying simulations and his 1m20.452s headed Vettel by 0.16s with 20 minutes of the session remaining.
On their final runs, Vettel improved twice – he overhauled Leclerc on a 1m20.331s on his first flying lap, then cemented top spot with a 1m20.294s on the second.
Leclerc, by contrast, only improved by half a tenth, bemoaning it as "a bit of a useless run".
That meant he slipped behind Verstappen, who will not contest qualifying properly because he has a grid penalty this weekend, and Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes.
Verstappen and Red Bull will be buoyed by Honda’s upgraded Spec 4 engine powering him to a lap time so close to Vettel on such a power-sensitive circuit.
Bottas nipped into third on a 1m20.403s, exactly the same time as Leclerc and ahead because he set the lap time first.
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton was only sixth-fastest, behind a rapid lap from Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Nico Hulkenberg backed up his Renault team-mate with the seventh-fastest time as both lapped within half a second of Vettel.
Alex Albon dropped his left-side wheels into the gravel exiting the second chicane on his final qualifying simulation, and so only set the eighth-fastest time as he failed to improve.
"I’m amazed how much the car changed," said a bemused Albon. "Maybe the track gripped up more but I had no grip at all."
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) and Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) completed the top 10.
Some lap times were deleted during the session, including what was then Leclerc’s second-fastest effort with 10 minutes to go.
Lance Stroll lost his quickest time, a 1m21.554s, and fell to the back of the midfield group and only ahead of the two Williams drivers.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||0.032s||11|
|8||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||0.533s||17|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||0.587s||15|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||0.651s||20|
|11||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||0.655s||21|
|12||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||0.709s||15|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||0.779s||22|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1.031s||19|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1.345s||17|
Italian Grand Prix practice: Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari fastest
Charles Leclerc set the pace in the rain-affected second free practice session for Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The session started on a largely dry track with some slight damp patches, meaning for the first 25 minutes drivers were able to lap on slick rubber but with no guarantee that the dry running would continue.
Given the morning rain that compromised the earlier session, this led to a busy period of running with Lewis Hamilton setting the pace early on with a best lap of 1m21.972s using medium compound Pirellis.
Sebastian Vettel, also using mediums, was 0.303 seconds slower with Leclerc using hards and back in fourth, 0.475s down and behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Rain was expected and eventually arrived 25 minutes into the session, meaning most of the field quickly switched to softs for qualifying simulation laps before the conditions temporarily worsened.
Once on slicks, Leclerc hit the front with a lap of 1m20.978s, set just 19 minutes into the session.
Team-mate Vettel then put in his lap to slot into second place, two tenths of a second off his team-mate despite having set a faster time in the first sector of the lap.
While the Mercedes duo initially looked to have missed this dry window to set a time, both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas did go out later using softs once the track had dried out and set improved times with 30 minutes remaining.
Hamilton did enough to climb to second place with his attempt, setting a pace just 0.068s off Leclerc to split the Ferraris.
Bottas was 0.369s off the pace in fourth after lapping slower than Hamilton in all three sectors.
Red Bulls were fifth and sixth with Verstappen, who carries a back-of-the-grid start penalty thanks to taking the Spec 4 Honda engine, ahead of Alex Albon and 0.372s off the pace despite the team reckoning he was losing a second on the straights.
But he also lost time on his quickest lap in the first sector then had to abort his second attempt thanks to the rain coming.
Albon, who served his grid penalty last weekend so already has the latest engine available, was 0.239s slower in sixth place.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly had time to set two quick laps on softs before the rain, improving to seventh with his second effort and pipping Romain Grosjean by 0.029s.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was ninth fastest based on his medium-tyre pace, just 0.011s quicker than soft-shod Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso.
Nico Hulkenberg just missed out on the top 10 in the second Renault, ending up 11th and 0.144s faster than the McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr – which set its best time on mediums.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who clipped a piece of pit equipment as he left for one of his runs, was 13th fastest and 0.012s quicker than Kimi Raikkonen. The Alfa Romeo driver had an off at the first chicane early in the session.
Lance Stroll was one of only four drivers to set an improved time after the rain, jumping to 15th ahead of Racing Point team-mate Sergio Perez.
This also shuffled Alfa’s Antonio Giovinazzi down to 17th place, with Lando Norris missing much of the session due to a small oil leak before setting his first lap time to take 18th late on, despite running wide at Parabolica.
Robert Kubica won the intra-Williams battle ahead of George Russell to take 19th place by just over half a second.
With most drivers setting their best times early on then returning to the pits to sit out the rain, the session was red flagged after 36 minutes to allow gravel to be cleared from the track at the second chicane.
It was resumed after a stoppage of nine minutes and Grosjean soon led a number of cars back out for exploratory runs before fast laps resumed.
Though the rain returned in the final five minutes, it held off for long enough that drivers were able to conduct race simulation stints.
Practice two results
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m21.350s||0.372s||29|
|6||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||1m21.589s||0.611s||30|
|7||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m22.124s||1.146s||42|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m22.260s||1.282s||37|
|12||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m22.482s||1.504s||32|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m22.523s||1.545s||35|
|15||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m22.706s||1.728s||32|
|16||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m22.882s||1.904s||33|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m23.065s||2.087s||35|
Italian Grand Prix practice: Leclerc leads McLarens amid red flags
Charles Leclerc topped a messy, rain-hit first practice session for Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza that included three red flags.
The Belgian GP winner kicked off Ferrari’s home race with the fastest time after emerging on top from a flurry of improvements on slick tyres at the very end of the session.
Leclerc headed the McLarens of Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris as drivers struggled to handle tricky conditions at Monza, where heavy rain hit overnight before conditions improved through the morning.
Initial flying laps were completed with full wet tyres but drivers switched to intermediates quite early.
The first red flag was caused when Kimi Raikkonen went off at Parabolica in his Alfa Romeo, just before the half-hour mark.
It took a short while to extract the Alfa and when the session resumed seven minutes later, it was halted again almost immediately.
Sergio Perez was the cause on this occasion as he lost control of his Racing Point exiting the Ascari chicane.
Sainz had a harmless spin exiting the same corner but Perez was not so lucky and his car slid backwards across the track and hit the wall heavily.
That turned the car round aggressively and caused the front left to slam against the wall as well, leaving Perez stranded.
Drivers were able to complete some sensible running between the second and third red flags as the track continued to dry, although many complained of tyre temperatures being an issue.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly said he had a "handbrake feeling" under braking after causing the third and final red flag when he beached his car briefly on a sausage kerb at the second part of the first chicane.
Gasly was able to get going again with the help of some marshals but the session had already been halted.
The times tumbled thereafter although drivers continued to have moments at the first chicane, which remained the wettest point on the circuit. Antonio Giovinazzi was the worst-off there when he ended up facing the wrong way after a spin.
Alex Albon hit the top of the times with a 1m31.250s after a series of push laps, before Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton moved ahead and stayed there as the intermediate-tyre running was completed with 10 minutes to go.
Ferrari then sent Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel out on a set of medium tyres in the final minutes of the session.
Leclerc’s first lap on slicks was two seconds slower in each of the first two sectors, but with DRS enabled and the track at its driest his final sector was a personal best.
The tricky conditions at the start of the lap meant even new fastest-of-all third sectors didn’t look enough for any driver to improve on slicks.
Norris skated off-track at the still-damp first chicane on soft tyres, while Leclerc had a small moment at the second chicane on his second lap, as did Vettel.
But Daniil Kvyat leapt from seventh to first with less than a minute to go on a 1m29.960s, triggering a swathe of last-gasp gains.
Sainz knocked the Toro Rosso off top spot, also on softs, as Leclerc then went second-quickest behind the McLaren before stealing first place on his final lap – a 1m27.905s.
Norris gave McLaren a 2-3, while Hamilton slotted into fourth on softs, Albon was fifth and Kvyat was nudged back to sixth.
Max Verstappen finished the session seventh while Vettel suffered a lack of confidence on mediums and was only eighth-fastest.
Bottas had a spin at the first chicane and consequently failed to improve on softs, so slumped to ninth in the times. Gasly completed the top 10.
Practice one times
|2||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m28.211s||0.306s||25|
|5||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||1m29.025s||1.120s||19|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m29.960s||2.055s||25|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m30.100s||2.195s||11|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m30.695s||2.790s||26|
|11||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m32.848s||4.943s||22|
|12||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m33.976s||6.071s||9|
|19||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||–||–||4|
|20||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||–||–||4|
Alfa boss calls Verstappen’s Belgian GP Raikkonen move "stupid"
Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss Fred Vasseur has blamed Max Verstappen for the Belgian Grand Prix first corner collision with Kimi Raikkonen, calling the Red Bull driver’s move "stupid".
Verstappen made a poor start from fifth on the grid and both Raikkonen and Sergio Perez pulled ahead of him on the run to La Source.
The Dutchman took the inside line and made contact with Raikkonen’s right rear wheel, pitching the Alfa onto the air in an incident that was similar to one involving the same drivers in 2016 when Raikkonen was at Ferrari.
The contact led to Verstappen’s retirement immediately afterwards when suspension damage led to him going straight on at Eau Rouge.
Raikkonen was forced to make two stops under the safety car, and while he was able to rejoin the pack his race was compromised by bodywork damage and he eventually finished 16th.
"I don’t know what happened with Verstappen," Vasseur told Autosport.
"But he came from nowhere, he was even behind Perez before the braking.
"He tried to get two cars in the first corner, and it’s stupid because in Spa you can overtake and you have room to do something. We are not in Budapest or in Monaco.
"The car was completely damaged, we were missing half of the floor."
The FIA stewards deemed that it was a racing incident, taking no action.
"It was looked at," said race director Michael Masi. "Obviously we had the safety car immediately but once that got cleared, we looked at it and it was determined that it literally was Turn 1, lap one, racing incident. No further action."
Verstappen was adamant that he was not at fault, although he did not blame Raikkonen either.
"Well, first of all a bad start," he said. "I don’t know why, but we had a little wheelspin.
"And after that I just tried to keep to the inside and I think Kimi just expected that he was completely in front of me.
"Of course I braked a little later than the other two, but it was still very early. He went on to do his normal line and I couldn’t go anywhere."
Asked if he saw it as a racing incident he said: "Yes, I think so, in the end. He didn’t do it on purpose, of course."
Red Bull boss Christian Horner defended his driver, pointing to his finishing record over the past year.
"Max remarkably has had a run since Hungary last year where he’s finished top five in every grand prix," he said.
"It was almost an action replay of the incident here in 2016 with Kimi again. Maybe it’s a blind spot for Kimi!
"It’s a racing incident. He’s gone in low, I don’t think Kimi knew he was there.
"The problem is we’d had a poor start. At that point you’re in the pack and unfortunately it’s bitten us today."
Speaking to the media before viewing a replay, Raikkonen said he had not seen Verstappen on his inside.
"I was suddenly on two wheels," said the Finn. "Obviously I haven’t seen it, so it’s a bit hard to say.
"I was concentrating on slowing down because the Mercedes took a tight line so I had to slow down a lot. Honestly I didn’t see him.
"It’s a shame because we would have had a lot of speed. There was too much damage. We still tried and finished the laps off."
Alfa’s day was made even more frustrating when Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out of ninth place – which would have become eighth after Lando Norris retired – on the penultimate lap.
"He would have been easily P8 so it was a huge shame," said Vasseur.
"It would have been much better to arrive in Monza with more confidence and more points.
"It’s really a shame because we could have had the two cars into the points."
Belgian Grand Prix: Leclerc fends off Hamilton to take first F1 win
Charles Leclerc fended off a charging Lewis Hamilton to end his wait for a maiden Formula 1 win and secure Ferrari’s first victory of 2019 in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Leclerc had missed on victory in Bahrain because of an engine problem and Austria after a late fight with Max Verstappen, but suffered no repeat in Belgium as he finally converted position into victory at the third attempt.
Mercedes duo Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas completed the podium after Leclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel slipped back from second following tyre struggles and an extra pitstop.
Hamilton rapidly closed on Leclerc in the final laps but crossed the line 0.9 seconds adrift.
The race was almost immediately placed under the safety car after Max Verstappen’s race ended in the barrier at Eau Rouge on the first lap.
Verstappen had a slow start and was passed by Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez on the run to La Source, but dived inside both under braking.
He passed Perez cleanly but hit Raikkonen as the Finn swept across to the apex of the corner, pitching the Alfa Romeo into the air – and the two made contact again on the exit of the corner.
The front left of Verstappen’s Red Bull was damaged in the accident and broke completely as he entered Eau Rouge, which caused him to slide helplessly into the barriers on the outside.
Raikkonen continued after a trip to the pits, as did Daniel Ricciardo, whose Renault picked up some floor damage in a separate incident behind.
The safety car was due to return to the pitlane on lap three but was re-deployed before making it back to the pits because Carlos Sainz Jr stopped on track after a loss of power in his Renault-engined McLaren.
When the race did resume on lap five, Leclerc was gifted an immediate advantage as Vettel locked up at La Source.
Leclerc remained in control through his first stint, surviving a minor scare when he locked up at Les Combes and took to the run-off.
That incident was noted by officials, after a pre-event instruction to drivers to obey specific instructions if they went wide there, but Leclerc ended up escaping investigation.
Vettel kept Hamilton at bay despite coming under pressure through the first half of the race, and the Ferrari driver was first to stop on lap 15 of 44.
Leclerc, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas stayed out for many more laps, and by the time the race leader pitted on lap 21 he had lost too much time to Vettel to maintain the position.
Vettel’s efforts on new tyres handed him a five-second margin when Leclerc emerged from the pits, but Leclerc swiftly ate into that with fresh rubber.
Leclerc was within DRS range with 18 laps still to go and Ferrari instructed Vettel to let his team-mate by, which he did after a short delay in order to give Leclerc a tow on the Kemmel Straight and minimise the time loss.
Ferrari’s strategy call banked Leclerc the win but it left Vettel vulnerable to the Mercedes drivers, and he soon slipped to fourth as his medium tyres fell away.
Leclerc seemed safe until Hamilton closed rapidly in the closing laps, but the championship leader was unable to mount an attack – and in any case, second place extended his lead over Bottas in the championship to 65 points.
After being passed by Hamilton, Vettel was told to stay out if he could keep Bottas behind but reported "negative" almost immediately and dived in for fresh tyres in order to set the fastest lap and gain a bonus point.
New Red Bull recruit Alex Albon banked a surprise fifth place on his debut with the team after a fine charge from the back of the grid.
He was promoted to the best result of his F1 career after last-lap drama, as Lando Norris retired to hand Albon sixth and the London-born Thai then nabbed fifth from Racing Point driver Sergio Perez.
Norris was on course to be rewarded with his own career-best finish, after leaping up the order on the dramatic first lap.
The McLaren rookie then blitzed his midfield rivals but reported a sudden loss of power as he was starting his final lap, and pulled over on the start-finish straight.
That promoted Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat to seventh late on, before further drama occurred when Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out of what would have been eighth place.
Nico Hulkenberg therefore finished eighth after passing team-mate Ricciardo during a late charge, while Pierre Gasly battled to ninth in his first start since being demoted from Red Bull to Toro Rosso.
Lance Stroll completed the top 10 as Ricciardo’s badly-worn tyres meant he slipped to 14th behind the two Haas drivers, who ran sixth and seventh early on but faded badly as the race progressed
|5||Alexander Albon||Red Bull/Honda||44||1m21.325s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||44||1m24.448s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||44||1m29.657s|
|9||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||44||1m49.168s|
|10||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||44||1m49.838s|
|11||Lando Norris||McLaren/Renault||43||Not running|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||43||1 Lap|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||43||1 Lap|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||43||1 Lap|
|15||George Russell||Williams/Mercedes||43||1 Lap|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||43||1 Lap|
|17||Robert Kubica||Williams/Mercedes||43||1 Lap|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||42||Spun off|
|–||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1||Power Unit|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||0||Collision|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||58|