Italian GP: Charles Leclerc fastest in first practice

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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer at Monza
The Charles Leclerc of ferrari finished an incident-strewn, wet-dry first clinic speediest at the Italian Grand Prix.
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez crashed in the conditions early on, before the drivers changed to dry-weather slicks on.
Leclerc, fresh from his maiden victory in Belgium, was 0.306 seconds quicker than the McLaren’s Carlos Sainz.
The team-mate Lando Norris of sainz was ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel held in the fastest aspect of this session at the conclusion the world champion. The German was slower but wouldn’t let him by.
Vettel finished the session appeared fastest, 2.602secs slower than Leclerc.
Monza has been convened at by the F1 area five times after racing in the shadow of the passing of this Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert on the eve of the Grand Prix.
Drivers have shown their feelings about the loss and how it’s faced them when they’ve become used to of Hubert.
Norris, for example, has revealed that he feels comfortable reassuring his nervous parents that he isn’t likely to be hurt, and that his dad was ill after Hubert’s accident.
“I must tell him that I’m OK, but it seems awful,” Norris said. “It’s what I want to state. I’m sure every driver does and then we have what. I am more nervous about reassuring him today.”
He admitted that Hubert’s crash was”still in my mind”.
Storms overnight in northern Italy meant the treacherousness of states became evident and the drivers were fulfilled by a track at the beginning of practice.
Raikkonen lost control at Parabolica, turning to the obstacles while his car had been recovered, and bringing out a red flag.
Not long after the session stopped, Sergio Perez crashed his Racing Point on the departure of the Ascari chicane, prompting another red flag.
And there certainly were a number of spins and moments as motorists struggled to get the limits in the slippery conditions and also with’intermediate’ tyres which Red Bull’s Max Verstappen stated over the radio have been”too difficult”.
There was a third flag after Pierre Gasly beached his Toro Rosso following a spin at the first chicane.
By the end of the session, there was an astonishing performance from Red Bull boy Alexander Albon, that ended up fifth fastest in his session that was wet to his new team.
The Anglo-Thai was promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso for its last nine races of the season since the team assess what to do at 2020 about a team-mate to Verstappen.
Verstappen ended the session seventh fastest, a second slower than Albon and behind the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas needed a twist at the conclusion of the session and ended up ninth fastest, 1.8secs slower compared to Hamilton.

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