A Briton and three German with blonde hair monopolize the top 4 (there is a fake among them but it’s a real leader!). Mercedes, Ferrari and Sahara Force India are in great shape in Italy. The Silver Arrow’s new PU works perfectly well, its rivals are going to struggle again. Regarding the tyres guidelines given by Pirelli, the tyre pressure is increased of 0,2 bar. After the FP1, they’ll study the data with the FIA and they’ll make some other changes if it’s necessary. Let’s review this morning spent in Monza…
Weather report: cloudy, T. air: 20-22°C ; T. track: 23-29°C ; humidity rate: 58-70% and wind speed: 2 m.s (north-west)
Lewis Hamilton has mainly dominated the session (1’24’’670 – time signed onto the medium tyres). It’s much faster than the best time in FP1 from last year. Nico Rosberg has been second (+0’’463s). Sebastian Vettel has completed the trio ahead for the Tifosi’s biggest pleasure (+1’’588s). Ferrari changed brakes on both cars during the FP1. Nico Hülkenberg has been classified fourth. At 11:18am, the driver from Emmerich reported in his radio: “I have a wet back and it smells like petrol in the cockpit.” Sergio Perez, fifth, has outstripped
his friend (maybe not) Kimi Räikkönen. Daniel Ricciardo has occupied the seventh row. Felipe Massa has been ninth. Both of Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado have been at the end of the top 10. Seven of the eight cars powered by Mercedes are in the top 10. Not too bad! Daniil Kvyat, twelfth, has been inserted by both Sauber boys (advantage for Felipe Nasr). Max Verstappen, who signed the first benchmark at 10:13am (1’31’’817), has appeared in fourteenth position. Jolyon Palmer, in the seat of Romain Grosjean this morning, has been fifteenth. Carlos Sainz Jr, sixteenth, had some gearbox issues at 10:14am. Then, the young Spaniard gave up in the gravels at La Parabolica at 10:26am after having lost the rear of his STR car (he’s well, red flag, the session restarted at 10:31am). Fernando Alonso has been seventeenth (11 laps). Jenson Button has been at the eighteenth place (12 laps). McLaren ended the session earlier to change the engine before FP2. Both Manor have been the good last ones (advantage for Will Stevens). The team worked on some aero tests (Daniel Ricciardo had plenty of flow-viz paint on his helmet), they tested the evolutions brought here and the medium tyres (they’ll use the soft compounds this afternoon). In average, the drivers completed 21 laps (max=29 for both of Sergio and Daniil, mini=8 for Carlos).
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