F2 Monza: Carlin's Sette Camara fastest in wet-dry practice session

Carlin's Sergio Sette Camara topped Formula 2 practice at Monza in a session affected by wet weather, which limited dry running

F2 Monza: Carlin's Sette Camara fastest in wet-dry practice session

The track was ready for dry tyres with just over a quarter of the 40-minute session remaining, after a morning thunderstorm had drenched the circuit.

GP3 practice was cancelled, while the previous Formula 1 session helped to shift some of the standing water.

Some of the leading title contenders remained in the pits with medium tyres on while the track was still wet but, with just under 30 minutes to go, the likes of George Russell and Lando Norris elected to switch to wets and get some running under their belts.

With more cars on track, the surface dried quickly and most runners switched to medium tyres with 10 minutes to go.

Russian Time driver Artem Markelov had just improved on his fastest time when he lost the rear end of his car at Turn 1, and was perched atop the curb on the inside. He later got going.

Just before that spin, in-form Sette Camara stole top spot and headed Markelov, title contender Alexander Albon, Honda Junior and Markelov's Russian Time team-mate Tadasuke Makino, plus Campos Racing's Luca Ghiotto, come the end of the session.

Title contenders Russell and Norris had tricky sessions.

Norris waved his hand in fury on two separate occasions as two of his flying laps were ruined by traffic, and almost ploughed into the back of Jack Aitken, as he and Russell tried to avoid Nicholas Latifi's DAMS-run car at the Parabolica with just under five minutes to go.

He then encountered more traffic on the next lap exiting the Ascari chicane.

Russell improved on his last run to take seventh, despite also suffering with traffic, while Norris was ninth.

Nyck de Vries' recent momentum took a hit as he suffered technical issues.

The winner of the last two feature races with Prema Racing, Dutchman de Vries ran slowly out of the pits with 12 minutes to go and appeared to be in limp mode.

He spent the remainder of the session in the pits while mechanics worked frantically on his car.

Charouz Racing System driver Louis Deletraz made the most of early wet and dry running, completing more laps (18) than any other driver.

Practice times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1m33.810s - 11
2 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m33.858s 0.048s 13
3 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m34.287s 0.477s 13
4 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1m34.646s 0.836s 11
5 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1m34.677s 0.867s 12
6 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1m34.793s 0.983s 11
7 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m34.812s 1.002s 11
8 Arjun Maini Trident 1m34.817s 1.007s 13
9 Lando Norris Carlin 1m34.828s 1.018s 11
10 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport 1m34.848s 1.038s 15
11 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m34.932s 1.122s 11
12 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1m34.958s 1.148s 14
13 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m35.216s 1.406s 18
14 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m35.461s 1.651s 13
15 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1m35.480s 1.670s 15
16 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m35.568s 1.758s 12
17 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1m35.677s 1.867s 11
18 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1m35.954s 2.144s 12
19 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1m36.559s 2.749s 12
20 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing - - 3

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