September 26, 2022

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2022 Italian FP1 Grand Prix report and highlights: Leclerc leads Sainz to Ferrari 1-2 in opening Monza training

Charles Leclerc drove a Ferrari one to two in the first practice session of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, topping the schedule ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz and the Mercedes drivers.

Leclerc set the standard 1m 22.410s, on the soft tire, to lead Sainz by 0.077 seconds — with George Russell rounding out the top three, just under three tenths slower than the Monegasque.

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Lewis Hamilton – set for a penalty kick from behind at Monza – was the fourth fastest player, tenth behind his Silver Arrows teammate.

Max Verstappen was fifth fastest – although the Dutch rider was caught behind Lando Norris on the final clip on the flying lap. However, the Red Bull driver was faster than the rest of the field on the hard tyre.

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Charles
Leclerc
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Ferrari

1: 22.410

2


Carlos
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Ferrari

+ 0.077 seconds

3


George
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mercedes

+ 0.279 seconds

4


Louis
Hamilton
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mercedes

+ 0.421 seconds

5


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Verstappen
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+ 0.430 seconds

Esteban Ocon finished sixth in this session, right ahead of his Alpine teammate Fernando Alonso in P7.

Yuki Tsunoda and Valtteri Bottas finished eighth and ninth respectively for Alfauri and Alfa Romeo, and both drivers are set to take penalties in Sunday’s race. Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten for McLaren.

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Alex Albon was the eleventh fastest driver – just ten seconds off the top ten – at Williams ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu in P12.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was called to the pit lane early in FP1 due to a technical issue even though he was able to come back and finish 13th.

FP1 Highlights: 2022 Italian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez’s other Red Bull had DRS issues and thus finished 14th, ahead of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, with Lando Norris taking a P16 for McLaren.

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Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Giovannazzi – who would have filled Mick Schumacher’s niche – finished 17th and 18th respectively.

Nick de Vries – the replacement for Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin – was seen running pneumatic pistons for the first part of the session and then timed good enough for 19, ahead of Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in 20th.