Motor racing: Hamilton fastest in first Italian Grand Prix practice

10/9/2021 5:13:00 PM

Motor racing: Hamilton fastest in first Italian Grand Prix practice

Motor racing: Hamilton fastest in first Italian Grand Prix practice

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 Briton lapped the super-fast circuit with a best time of one minute 20.926 seconds on the medium tyres,

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.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 Polish driver Robert Kubica will stand in for Kimi Raikkonen again for Alfa Romeo at Monza in Italy this weekend after the Finn continued to isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19.LinkedIn Alex Albon's old friends and rivals welcomed on Thursday the announcement that the Thai racer would be returning to Formula One with Williams next season after a year out.

The Briton lapped the super-fast circuit with a best time of one minute 20.926 seconds on the medium tyres, 0."The topic of young drivers is very important and interests us, and that is why, at a time when tests are so regulated, there are some ideas that we will discuss in the next meetings with the teams," motorsport.452 quicker than his Dutch rival on the theoretically faster softs."I am looking forward to racing in Monza, an incredible track in which I claimed my first podium, in 2006.Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas was third on the timesheets."In particular, we want to make the presence of young drivers mandatory in free practice.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 has a lot of talent so I'm also very sure he will come back strong and show good results.

Red Bull are 12 points behind Mercedes in the constructors' standings.The Italian Grand Prix this weekend runs to a different format, with only one practice on Friday before sprint qualifying." Kubica finished 15th in that race, one place behind Italian team mate Antonio Giovinazzi.The grand prix is the second to be run to the experimental format, with qualifying on Friday to determine the grid for Saturday's sprint.That in turn decides the starting order for Sunday's grand prix.Domenicali suggested handing over first practice to young drivers on traditional weekends would have the added benefit of making races less predictable by giving regular race drivers less track time.Points are awarded to the top three on Saturday in a 3-2-1 system.This weekend will be the second time Formula One has experimented with a sprint format, a qualifying session on Friday and sprint race on Saturday to determine Sunday's starting grid.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."If you think about it, there is very little opportunity for a non-F1 driver to show what he can do or even sit in an F1 car because the tests are limited," he told reporters at Monza.He obviously had a tough time at Red Bull but I think he's going to come back even stronger.

Carlos Sainz was the fastest Ferrari driver in seventh at the team's home circuit, ahead of Alpine's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo, whose fastest lap was deleted for exceeding track limits.Ricciardo's team mate Lando Norris also had what would have been the second fastest time deleted for the same reason, and he finished the session 12th."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.(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Toby Davis) Source: Reuters.

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