Sainz on top in practice for Ferrari’s home race

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  • Formula One mourns Queen Elizabeth
  • Ferrari drivers quickest in each free practice periods
  • Leclerc quickest in first session, Sainz later on
  • Sainz to start out from again of grid with Hamilton
  • Red Bull’s Verstappen additionally faces a drop

MONZA, Italy, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz set the tempo in practice for Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix on Friday after a sombre begin to the day with Formula One mourning the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth.

Leclerc had the ever-passionate followers on their toes by lapping Monza’s ‘Temple of Speed’, celebrating its a hundredth anniversary, with a top time of 1 minute 22.410 seconds on tender tyres in the primary session.

Sainz, who will begin Sunday’s race from the again of the gridafter engine penalties, was 0.077 slower however quickest in the later stint with a lap of 1:21.664. Leclerc was third and McLaren’s Lando Norris fourth.

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The Mercedes pair of George Russell and 7 instances world champion Lewis Hamilton have been third and fourth quickest respectively in session one after which fifth and seventh.

Hamilton, a 5 instances winner at Monza, can even be ranging from the again on Sunday because of a raft of engine-related penalties.

Red Bull’s runaway championship chief Max Verstappen was fifth and second in the periods.

The Dutch driver, 109 factors away from Leclerc with seven races remaining, has a 5 place penalty because of exceeding his engine allocation with the eventual grid turning right into a mathematical conundrum.

Verstappen’s Mexican workforce mate Sergio Perez will drop 10 locations whereas AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda can also be because of go to the again of the grid for a mixture of collected reprimands and penalties.

Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas has incurred a 15-place drop and Haas’s Mick Schumacher additionally faces a penalty after he stopped on observe with an influence unit drawback.

The eventual form of the again finish of the grid can be determined by qualifying on Saturday.


At the underside finish of the timesheets Dutch driver Nyck de Vries stood in for Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin in the primary session — the third workforce he has represented in practice this season after Mercedes and Williams.

Ferrari’s Italian reserve Antonio Giovinazzi, dropped by Alfa Romeo on the finish of final season, changed Mick Schumacher at Haas for the identical session and was 18th.

The groups — a majority of them primarily based in England — stood in the pit lane exterior their garages to look at a minute’s silence earlier than the session began with the drivers carrying black armbands.

{A photograph} of the Queen, whose mother and father attended Formula One’s first world championship grand prix at Silverstone in 1950, appeared on an enormous display over the rostrum.

World championship leaders Red Bull mentioned they’d pared again social Media and silenced the music often taking part in in the storage whereas mechanics are working.

Teams additionally carried messages of respect on the automobiles for Britain’s longest reigning monarch, who died aged 96 on Thursday.

Hamilton, who obtained an honour from the Queen after his first championship in 2008 and was knighted final December by the now King Charles III, posted a message on Instagram.

“She was a symbol of hope for so many and she served her country with dignity, dedication and kindness,” he mentioned. “She was truly like no other and I’m grateful to have lived during her time.”

Formula One’s Italian chief government Stefano Domenicali spoke of the “huge respect for what she did, and what she’s leaving as a legacy.”

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Toby Davis and Ken Ferris

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