The session started with several drivers going out to the track, with Valtteri Bottas setting the first time of 1:20.345 (2020 pole time was 1:13.609). Nikita Mazepin spun with 55 minutes to go down at Rivazza, going into the gravel trap. He, however, was able to continue into the pits.
45 minutes into the session, Yuki Tsunoda struggled as he went off into the gravel at Tamburello. He was able to get out of it and continue in the session, only causing a brief yellow flag.
At the same time, times were improving for Bottas’s first run, with Carlos Sainz being the fastest time of the session by the 43-minute mark with a 1:17.682, with Hamilton behind by a gap of 0.195s.
Pierre Gasly was able to beat Sainz’s time later in the session, setting a lap time of 1:17.470, 0.212s faster than the Ferrari driver.
With 25 minutes to go, the session was red-flagged due to a possible collision between Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon. This incident cannot be confirmed as the broadcasting of the session had issues and we didn’t get on-board footage, which we expect to get afterward.
“I’ve only had it from the driver’s perspective. Esteban was on a slow lap, Sergio was on a hot lap and there’s been contact going into the corner. That’s all I can tell you without replays, from speaking to our drivers.,” Christian Horner, Red Bull Team Principal, said.
The checkered flag went off and then the red flag did as Mazepin spun and crashed into the wall before the pit entry.
In the end, it was Valtteri Bottas topping FP1 with a 1:16.554 with his teammate Lewis Hamilton behind by a gap of 0.041s. Full results below:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+0.058|
|8||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+0.925|
|12||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+1.319|
|14||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+1.420|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+1.494|
|16||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+1.664|