Sebastian Vettel ensured Ferrari completed a clean sweep of practice sessions ahead of Formula 1’s 2019 Italian Grand Prix, in a close session at Monza.
The session was delayed by 10 minutes and reduced to 50 minutes in duration in the aftermath of a horror crash in the preceding Formula 3 race.
Alex Peroni was propelled into the air and the barrier through Parabolica after hitting the sausage kerb, though was fortunately able to walk away from the wreckage of his car.
The FIA opted to remove the damaged sausage kerb while repairs were required to the barriers during the practice session at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix.
Once the action got underway top spot exchanged hands on several occasions before Vettel – yet to win with Ferrari – surged to the front of the pack.
But his advantage was a slender 0.032s over Max Verstappen as just half a second covered the top seven drivers.
That included Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in third, Friday pacesetter and Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in fourth, as well as both Renault drivers, who sandwiched Lewis Hamilton.
Renault, currently a subdued sixth in the standings, placed fifth and seventh respectively with Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.
Alexander Albon was eighth for Red Bull, while home representative Antonio Giovinazzi placed ninth for Alfa Romeo, leaving Daniil Kvyat to complete the top 10 for Toro Rosso.
McLaren missed out on the top 10 spot at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix practice but still finished within a second of Vettel, as Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris classified 11th and 14th respectively, either side of Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly.
Kimi Raikkonen, last year’s pole sitter, was 15th, ahead of the Haas drivers, Lance Stroll and the backmarkers at Williams, at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix free practice 3.
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Written by: Phillip Horton
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