Motor racing: Boom! Bottas fastest with 'mega lap' for Monza sprint

10/9/2021 9:22:00 PM

Motor racing: Boom! Bottas fastest with 'mega lap' for Monza sprint

Motor racing: Boom! Bottas fastest with 'mega lap' for Monza sprint

:Valtteri Bottas put in a 'mega lap' to beat Mercedes Formula One team mate Lewis Hamilton and qualify fastest on Friday for Saturday's experimental Italian Grand Prix sprint race.The Finn, whose departure from the team at the end of the season was announced this week, did a one minute 19.555 second lap with

LinkedIn :Valtteri Bottas put in a 'mega lap' to beat Mercedes Formula One team mate Lewis Hamilton and qualify fastest on Friday for Saturday's experimental Italian Grand Prix sprint race.LinkedIn Valtteri Bottas put in a 'mega lap' to beat Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and qualify fastest on Friday for Saturday's experimental Italian Grand Prix sprint race.LinkedIn Formula One teams could be obliged to run young drivers in Friday practice sessions from next season to provide an opportunity for fresh talent to gain track time and shine.LinkedIn Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest for Mercedes in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Friday, comfortably ahead of Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen.

The Finn, whose departure from the team at the end of the season was announced this week, did a one minute 19.555 second lap with seven times world champion Hamilton 0.555 second lap with seven times Formula One world champion Hamilton 0.096 slower.com quoted the Italian as saying."Oh yes.Bottas will start from the back of the grid on Sunday after a strategic power unit change triggered a penalty for exceeding the allocation of three for the season, but he will still be able to score on Saturday.Boom! Thanks," Bottas said over the team radio after the lap catapulted him from fifth to first at the fastest circuit on the calendar.Verstappen leads Hamilton by three points ahead of the weekend, but they could be level by Saturday evening if Hamilton wins a Saturday sprint race and Verstappen is not in the top three.

He will start from the back of the grid on Sunday after a strategic power unit change triggered a penalty for exceeding the allocation of three for the season, but can still score on Saturday.Two go to the second-place driver and one for the third with any grid penalties not applied until after that event.The Italian Grand Prix this weekend runs to a different format, with only one practice on Friday before sprint qualifying.Three points go to the sprint winner, who will take pole position for Sunday's main event.Two go to the second-placed driver and one for the third with any grid penalties not applied until afterwards."It feels so good when you get a nice lap."That qualifying lap was nice," said Bottas, who will be moving to Alfa Romeo to replace retiring compatriot Kimi Raikkonen.Haas team boss Guenther Steiner, who has two rookie drivers in Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, said he would not be opposed."It feels so good when you get a nice lap.I enjoyed it.Canadian Lance Stroll was fourth fastest on softs for Aston Martin in the day's sole practice seesion, with AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly - last year's winner - fifth and Stroll's team mate Sebastian Vettel sixth.

I managed to save it to the end and had a bit of a (aerodynamic) tow as well so it was good fun.I enjoyed it.Really pleased with the team today, the car has been so good," he added."I think we have to agree, all of the teams, (the sport's governing) FIA and FOM (Formula One Management) together, if this is the right way forward."I feel good, I feel relaxed and everything is sorted for the future.Really pleased with the team today, the car has been so good," he added."Congratulations to Valtteri, he did a mega lap," said Hamilton.Hamilton is three points behind Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen, who qualified third, after 13 races and is set to cut the gap to the Dutchman in Saturday's 100km dash..

"Congratulations to Valtteri, he did a mega lap," said Hamilton." (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris) Source: Reuters."It was looking good for us until the end but then he went quicker, and I just couldn't match it." SPRINT FORMAT The hour-long qualifying at the 'Temple of Speed' outside Milan replaced Friday's usual second practice, with the sprint format being trialled for the second time after a debut at Silverstone in July.Verstappen was 0.411 slower than Bottas, after being 0.

452 off Hamilton in the one practice session, and Mercedes seem to have the edge again at a circuit where they have won five times in the last seven years."I think for us around this track it's always going to be difficult," said Verstappen."We struggled a little more than we wanted in the free practice but I think we recovered quite well throughout this qualifying."I'm still happy to be third here and for the race hopefully we can be a bit closer." McLaren's Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will line up fourth and fifth with AlphaTauri's 2020 winner Pierre Gasly sixth and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc seventh and eighth.

Red Bull's Mexican Sergio Perez qualified ninth, but gave Verstappen a vital aerodynamic tow to his own cost.Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi, whose place for 2022 looks uncertain, completed the top 10.The session saw cars backing each other up on track and in the pitlane, and there was almost an incident when Hamilton and Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel were released and almost collided.Aston Martin and Alpine mechanics were fortunate not to have been hit in the confusion.(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris) Source: Reuters.

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