Lewis Hamilton is the quickest driver in the Italian GP second practice.
There was immediately some action around the track at Monza considering that due to the new weekend format the teams only have two hours of free practice.
The two Haas drivers were the first ones to set times, which were not that representative since they were not pushing. Mick Schumacher locked up at the second chicane, ruining his lap.
The drivers started to work on the race pace simulations since the qualifying session was run on Friday.
Daniel Ricciardo went a bit long in turn 1, going off track.
With 45 minutes to go, almost every driver was out on track, the only two in the pits were Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.
The two Red Bulls were on top, with Max Verstappen in P1 and Sergio Perez right behind him. Then there was Pierre Gasly, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in fourth and fifth.
Bottas went long at the second chicane too, taking the high bumps. There was no damage for him though. The Finn fitted hard tires and the pace was decent. The other drivers were using softs or mediums.
Carlos Sainz crashed out at Ascari, bringing out the red flag. The Spaniard said on the radio that it hurt a bit and the hit was hard, but he was ok.
With 20 minutes to go, the session restarted. Many drivers seemed to have a lower load of fuel since they were probably preparing for the Sprint Qualifying.
Hamilton and Bottas set the fastest lap of the session going P1 and P2 respectively. Alfa Romeo and Alpine were also doing a good job, grabbing P6 and P7 for Robert Kubica and Antonio Giovinazzi, and P5 and P8 for Ocon and Alonso.
Leclerc informed the team that he had to box immediately, and he could not explain why on the radio. The team’s spokesperson later commented on this: “We cut his session a few minutes short as he was feeling slightly unwell.”
The top 10 of the Formula 1 Italian GP FP2:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+0.416|
|4||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+0.671|
|6||Robert Kubica||Alfa Romeo||+1.034|
|7||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+1.256|
|17||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+2.517|
|18||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+2.689|