Monza, FP3: Sainz keeps Ferrari on top in Italy
Ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz set the fastest lap of final practice at Monza to beat F1 championship leading Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by just under a tenth of a second with Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes.
At the start of the session, Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez, on Soft compound, set the early pace with a lap of 1:22.662 before McLaren’s Lando Norris, also on softs, posted a 1:22.515 to push the Mexican down the order. Then, after 10 minutes, Verstappen jumped to top spot with a lap of 1:21.838, as team-mate Pérez moved back to second place, 0.354s off the pace of the Dutchman who then lowered his own benchmark to 1:21.687s.Verstappen’s time was good enough to keep him at the top of the timesheet through the halfway mark.
After 34 minutes Alex Albon posted an impressive lap of 1:22.114 on Medium tyres to take second place but there was a nervous moment for McLaren’s Oscar Piastri a few minutes later when he went across the gravel at the second chicane, the Variante della Roggia.
Fifteen minutes from the end of the session, Mercedes’ George Russell jumped to second place before team-mate Hamilton pushed him and Verstappen down the order as he took top spot with a lap of 1:21.453s.
Verstappen was out on his qualifying simulation, however, and the Dutchman moved back to P1 with a lap 1:20.998 leaving Hamilton to tell his team that he didn’t know where to find that half second.
There was trouble for Verstappen’s team-mate, however. Pérez was denied a qualifying simulation when a fluid leak on his RB19 forced back to the Red Bull garage where his session ended early.
The Ferraris emerged five minutes from time and Sainz went quickest with a 1:20.912. However, Leclerc backed out of his lap after running wide at the second Lesmo.
Shortly after Sainz had taken top spot there was an odd incident when Piastri and Sainz were noted for causing a collision at the first chicane. Leclerc then made a second attempt on Soft tyres and took fourth, over half a second off his team-mate.
Fernando Alonso took fifth place for Aston Martin, almost eight tenths off Sainz and just under two hundredths of a second ahead of Russell. Kevin Magnussen was seventh for Haas ahead of team-mate Nico Hülkenberg, with Albon in ninth ahead of Pérez.
|01||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari SF-23||1:20.912||23|
|02||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19||1:20.988||23|
|03||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W14||1:21.456||23|
|04||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF-23||1:21.486||23|
|05||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23||1:21.711||24|
|06||George Russell||Mercedes W14||1:21.730||25|
|07||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-23||1:21.884||21|
|08||Nico Hülkenberg||Haas Ferrari VF-23||1:21.985||27|
|09||Alex Albon||Williams Mercedes FW45||1:22.054||18|
|10||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19||1:22.192||16|
|11||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23||1:22.245||31|
|12||Liam Lawson||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04||1:22.296||29|
|13||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04||1:22.297||28|
|14||Oscar Piastri||McLaren Mercedes MCL60||1:22.302||17|
|15||Logan Sargeant||Williams Mercedes FW45||1:22.380||23|
|16||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43||1:22.511||30|
|17||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL60||1:22.515||24|
|18||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A523||1:22.739||20|
|19||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43||1:22.742||30|
|20||Pierre Gasly||Alpine Renault A523||1:22.852||22|