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F1 Emilia Romagna GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 and FP2

Live updates from the opening day of Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

F1 Emilia Romagna GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 and FP2

By: Jake Boxall-Legge, James Newbold, Megan White

Summary

  • FP2 at Imola is currently underway
  • Verstappen comes to a stop on exit of pitlane after 10 minutes of session
  • Leclerc hits the wall at Rivazza with three minutes remaining to produce a red flag
  • Bottas headed Hamilton in tight FP1 with Verstappen in third just 0.058s behind

Leaderboard
1. Bottas, Mercedes
2. Hamilton, Mercedes
3. Gasly, AlphaTauri
4. Sainz, Ferrari
5. Leclerc, Ferrari
6. Perez, Red Bull
7. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
8. Norris, McLaren
9. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
10. Stroll, Aston Martin

Status: Stopped
That's all from us for today! We'll be back for FP3 tomorrow morning.
At the end of FP2, here's the top 10: BOT, HAM, GAS, SAI, LEC, PER, TSU, NOR, GIO, STR.
FP2 will not be restarted - it was due to end in two minutes but Leclerc's car has yet to be removed
Session suspended after the Ferrari crashed
Leclerc in the wall - lot of damage to the front right of his car
Red Bull says Verstappen's earlier problem was a suspected drive shaft issue.
As it stands, here's our top 10: BOT, HAM, GAS, SAI, LEC, PER, TSU, NOR, GIO, STR.
Looking very busy out on track at the moment - only Verstappen is in the pits after his earlier issue.
Pierre Gasly is looking seriously quick in his AlphaTauri - less than a tenth off Bottas.
Seven drivers have had track times deleted so far this session.
Bottas remains fastest by one-hundredth of a second from his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton.
Hats off to the marshalls, who have managed to get Max Verstappen's problem-stricken Red Bull back to the garage.
We're halfway through FP2 - here's how the leaderboard is looking: BOT, GAS, HAM, SAI, LEC, TSU, GIO, STR, OCO, LAT.
Hamilton completes a flying lap on a fresh set of soft tyres but remains third fastest.
Slowest runner Nikita Mazepin's best lap so far this session is a 1m21.354 - 5.7 seconds behind leader Valtteri Bottas.
Charles Leclerc goes to the top of the time sheet with a 1m15.367 but has his time deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 9.
A lul in the action as most cars head back to the pits.
The Ferraris are both looking quick this afternoon - Sainz takes third with a 1m16.723 and Leclerc has set a 1m17.076
Bottas has broken into the 1m15s, topping the time sheet with a 1m15.551. Hamilton is in second, followed by Gasly in third
Virtual safety car has ended
Max Verstappen has stopped on track, causing a virtual safety car - reportedly from a gearbox or drive shaft issue
...but is quickly beaten by Hamilton, with a 1m16.227
Bottas goes quickest with a 1m16.468
19 of the 20 cars are now out on the track, with Nikita Mazepin's Haas remaining in the pits after his collision at the end of FP1.
...quickly pipped to the top by Leclerc, who sets a 1m16.705
Hamilton goes fastest (of course), breaking into the 1m16s with a 1m16.940
Small trip through the gravel for Lando Norris...
The Ferraris are topping the time sheet, with Leclerc setting a best lap of 1m17.076.
George Russell was first out on track in his Williams, followed by Ocon and Raikkonen.
The session is now underway!
Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks rookie Nikita Mazepin is probably trying too hard, after another session dogged by spins: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/steiner-mazepin-trying-too-hard-which-is-causing-spins/6292524/
In case you missed FP1, here's a rundown of what happened, including two spins and an incident involving Perez and Ocon: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/f1-emilia-romagna-gp-bottas-fastest-from-hamilton-in-disrupted-first-practice/6291128/
Welcome back for this afternoon's FP2 session at Imola!
We'll be back a bit later for FP2 - see you all later!
The #9 Haas went into the wall as he was about to head into the pits. The chequered flag was already out...
Latifi's got himself up to ninth place. Oh Nicky, you're so fine, you're so fine you're in P9 - hey Nicky! Hey Nicky!
Mazepin's crashed.
Alonso got up to P7 by the end of that, with Stroll eighth place.