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

Italian Grand Prix practice: Charles Leclerc's Ferrari fastest

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

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m20.978s - 37
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.046s 0.068s 32
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.179s 0.201s 39
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.347s 0.369s 34
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
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m22.153s 1.175s 44
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m22.249s 1.271s 36
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m22.260s 1.282s 37
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m22.338s 1.360s 37
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m22.482s 1.504s 32
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m22.511s 1.533s 42
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
18 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m23.561s 2.583s 16
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m23.737s 2.759s 29
20 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m24.313s 3.335s 23

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