F1 Italian GP: Bottas leads first practice as Verstappen crashes

Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Mercedes in opening Formula 1 practice for the Italian Grand Prix as Red Bull's Max Verstappen suffered a mid-session crash

F1 Italian GP: Bottas leads first practice as Verstappen crashes

After losing more ground on Lewis Hamilton in the title battle last weekend at Spa, Bottas was able to enjoy the upper-hand on his Mercedes team-mate throughout first practice at Monza.

Bottas recorded the fastest time during their initial runs on the medium compound tyre, sitting 0.019 seconds clear of Hamilton before the session was suspended due to a crash for Verstappen.

Verstappen lost control of his car midway through the Ascari chicane, causing him to spin into the wall at the exit of the corner and bring out a red flag.

The Red Bull driver reported after the crash that he was unsure if the car had been damaged, but was able to get out of the gravel and return to the pits, albeit with his front wing missing.

Red Bull set to work on repairing the damage to Verstappen's RB16 under the red flag, and was able to get the Dutchman back out just 20 minutes after he had arrived in the pits.

The track was also cleared of debris in swift fashion, allowing the session to quickly resume and for the majority of the teams to turn their attention to soft tyre running.

Bottas was able to post a best lap of 1m20.703s on the soft runs to pip Hamilton to top spot by two-tenths of a second, as the Mercedes finished over half a second clear of the rest of the field.

Alexander Albon led Red Bull's charge with a run to third place, but was almost eight-tenths of a second slower than Bottas' fastest time.

Daniil Kvyat fared well for AlphaTauri, splitting the Red Bull drivers by finishing the session in fourth place, and set his best lap on the medium compound tyre.

Verstappen recovered from his spin to end the session fifth, narrowly beating former Red Bull team-mate and current AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly, who finished sixth-fastest on mediums despite a late spin at the exit of the Roggia chicane.

Sergio Perez took seventh for Racing Point, setting an identical lap time to McLaren's Lando Norris but gaining the position in the classification by virtue of setting his lap earlier in the session.

Renault struggled to repeat the mighty straightline pace that served it so well at Spa as Daniel Ricciardo could only finish ninth-fastest, with team-mate Esteban Ocon ending the session down in 12th.

Carlos Sainz Jr completed the top 10 for McLaren ahead of Charles Leclerc, who was the leading Ferrari-powered driver in 11th, 1.2 seconds off Bottas' headline time.

Leclerc's Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished the session a lowly 19th, 2.2 seconds down on the Mercedes at the front.

Lance Stroll wound up 13th in the second Racing Point car, and was one of a number of drivers to report concerns about cars moving slowly on the racing line in a bid to find space and get a tow.

Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen took 14th and 15th respectively ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen. Magnussen's session came to an early end after Haas detected a cooling issue on his car that required investigating.

Roy Nissany enjoyed his latest F1 practice appearance for Williams in place of George Russell, and was able to lap quicker than both Vettel and Nicholas Latifi in the sister Williams car, finishing 18th.

Latifi propped up the running order in 20th, finishing three-tenths of a second down on Nissany's best lap time.

F1 Italian Grand Prix - FP1 results

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m20.703s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 0.245s
3 Alexander Albon Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 0.797s
4 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 0.852s
5 Max Verstappen Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 0.938s
6 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 0.964s
7 Sergio Perez BWT Racing Point F1 Team 1.044s
8 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 1.044s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault DP World F1 Team 1.086s
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren F1 Team 1.118s
11 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 1.201s
12 Esteban Ocon Renault DP World F1 Team 1.281s
13 Lance Stroll BWT Racing Point F1 Team 1.428s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1.706s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1.719s
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 1.849s
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 1.916s
18 Roy Nissany Williams Racing 2.123s
19 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 2.285s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 2.417s


shares
comments
Abiteboul to head up Alpine amid potential Renault F1 renaming
Previous article

Abiteboul to head up Alpine amid potential Renault F1 renaming

Next article

Grosjean: Drivers to discuss concerns about Bahrain outer loop layout

Grosjean: Drivers to discuss concerns about Bahrain outer loop layout
Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals Plus

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes Plus

How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes

With Formula 1’s future engine regulations now agreed, MARK GALLAGHER wonders if they will provide a more competitive field than past attempts actually managed

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2022
How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era Plus

How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era

STUART CODLING charts the development of the Williams FW09, the ugly duckling that heralded the start of the title-winning Williams-Honda partnership

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2022
The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared Plus

The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared

Recent moves within the driver market have reminded MAURICE HAMILTON of a time when contracts weren’t worth the paper they weren’t written on…

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2022
Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing Plus

Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing

It has been a long time coming but Audi’s arrival in Formula 1 is finally on the horizon for 2026. But it won’t be its first foray into grand prix racing, as the German manufacturer giant has a history both long and enthralling

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination Plus

The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination

After a tooth and nail and, at times, toxic Formula 1 world championship scrap last year, Max Verstappen's march to a second consecutive title has been the exact opposite. But has he really changed in 2022? Here's a dive into what factors have played a crucial role, both inside the Verstappen camp and elsewhere, in the Dutch driver's domination

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward Plus

Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward

Lewis Hamilton’s words in a recent Vanity Fair interview define both his world-view and his approach to this season: one of perpetual struggle against adversity. As GP RACING explains, that’s what Lewis feeds off – and why, far from being down and nearly out, he’s using his unique skillset to spearhead Mercedes’ revival…

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022
The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight Plus

The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight

The pecking order in 2022's Formula 1 season may look pretty static as the season draws to a close, but the unique nature of the cost cap means that preparation for next season takes precedence. New developments are being pushed back to 2023 - which could mask the technical development war ongoing...

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022