Max fifth quickest in Monza FP1
Published on 09 September 2022 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen clocked the fifth fastest time in the opening practice session of the Italian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc was quickest at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, ahead of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz. Mercedes’ George Russell completed the top three.
Ahead of first practice, a few familiar faces appear in the garages with Nyck de Vries taking over Sebastian Vettel’s FP1 duties at Aston Martin and Antonio Giovinazzi driving Mick Schumacher’s Haas.
Nyck de Vries is the first driver out on track with his Aston sporting aero racks to measure the airflow around the front wing. A few minutes later, Max steers his RB18 out of the pits for his first timed laps, which he does on the hard Pirelli tyres.
In the opening quarter, Max sets the pace, continuously improving his lap time on the hard tyre. However, at the halfway mark, more and more drivers opt for the soft compound with the lap times continuing to drop. Max also decides to bolt on the softs in search of more lap time. His first flying lap features two purple sectors before being blocked by Lando Norris as the Red Bull closes up behind the McLaren on the run to the Parabolica.
With fifteen minutes to go, Max heads out for another run on a used set of softs, but is unable to better his earlier effort. The Dutchman therefore remains in fifth place at the end of FP1.
|5||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:22.840||+0.430s||26|
|6||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Alpine Renault||1:23.075||+0.665s||27|
|7||Fernando Alonso||ALO||Alpine Renault||1:23.099||+0.689s||25|
|8||Yuki Tsunoda||TSU||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:23.260||+0.850s||25|
|9||Valtteri Bottas||BOT||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:23.394||+0.984s||26|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||McLaren Mercedes||1:23.511||+1.101s||25|
|11||Alexander Albon||ALB||Williams Mercedes||1:23.529||+1.119s||23|
|12||Zhou Guanyu||ZHO||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:23.570||+1.160s||27|
|13||Pierre Gasly||GAS||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:23.640||+1.230s||26|
|14||Sergio Perez||PER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:23.661||+1.251s||20|
|15||Lance Stroll||STR||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:23.688||+1.278s||27|
|16||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Mercedes||1:23.856||+1.446s||26|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:24.006||+1.596s||23|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||GIO||Haas Ferrari||1:24.317||+1.907s||24|
|19||Nyck De Vries||DEV||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:24.731||+2.321s||22|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Williams Mercedes||1:24.941||+2.531s||23|