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F1 Italian Grand Prix practice LIVE: FP2 in final stages, Hamilton impresses, Verstappen CRASHES – latest updates

VALTTERI BOTTAS struck first as he claimed the first practice ahead of his Mercedes teammate at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

Lewis Hamilton is targeting a sixth race win of the season as he continues his bid for another F1 drivers' championship title.

Follow for all the latest ahead of Sunday's race in Monza below…

  • IT GETS WORSE….LECLERC NOW GOES OFF TRACK

    He radios the team saying “this car is so hard to drive”.

    Ferrari are in a real mess here.

  • A SPIN FOR VETTEL

    12 months on from the spin that saw him return to the track by driving into Lance Stroll, Vettel spins again.

    An unforced error and he reports that “the car is fine, just the tyres a little bit flat-spotted”.

    it is going from bad to worse.

  • McLAREN'S MIXED DAY

    While Norris's mechanics look into his engine problems, Carlos Sainz in the other garage is going great.

    He is in P5, desperate for a good race after power unit failure in Spa meant he did not even start the race.

    The Spaniard, who celebrated his 26th birthday earlier this week, is of course joining Ferrari next season.

  • LECLERC IS NOT HAPPY

    He has been on the radio to Ferrari and said: “What a disaster. I mean, it's OK, it's good training for qualy, but it's going to be a disaster”.

    His time puts him in 8th in the pecking order right now some 1.3 seconds off Hamilton's time.

  • 30 MINUTES REMAINING

    Just Lando Norris is now on track and he is reporting a power issue with his Renault engine in his McLaren.

    The Brit was comfortably in this morning's session but he is now running in last place.

    His team have called him in to the pits to investigate.

  • IN TO THE FINAL 45 MINUTES OF FP2

    Bottas has been told “there is a big train of 15 cars on track” as they all line up for shots at flying laps.

    It has been quiet until now, and then all 15 go at once. Crazy really.

  • HAMILTON GOES QUICKEST

    Lewis Hamilton is flexing his muscles in his Mercedes to go quickest on the medium tyre.

    Valtteri Bottas is in P2 0.287 seconds behind the Brit

    Max Verstappen is in P3 0.830 seconds off Hamilton's time.

    Ferrari in 15th and 16th place.

  • MORE IMPRESSIVE STUFF FROM GASLY

    The AlphaTauri man has been one of the standout performers this season and it is a curious case of what he does next.

    Just 12 months ago he was demoted from Red Bull back into the B-team yet rather than get in a muddle, he has set about restoring his reputation.

    He has delivered some solid performances, despite being in an under-strength car but Red Bull say they will not promote him in place of Alex Albon.

    It all means that he could be forced to move from the Red Bull stable should he want to explore his options in the future.

  • FOUR CARS OUT ON TRACK

    Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for Alfa Romeo, plus Haas's Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen are on track.

  • FP2 IS GO

    Can anyone topple the trio of the Mercedes duo or Max Verstappen?

  • WILLIAMS CONTINUED

    “You put blood, sweat and tears into something like I have for the time that I have, made the sacrifices doing what I've done.

    “This is a hard, hard business. I've given it my all and I've done that because I've wanted to protect my family's legacy in this sport. I've done it because I'm my dad's daughter and I felt it was my duty to do it, so to speak.

    “Now that it's not ours I don't feel that I could put the same amount of energy into it. The past few years have been incredibly tough.

    “They have taken an awful lot out of me and, if I'm honest, I think that probably Dorilton need somebody that has more energy than I've currently got, somebody that is going to put in more than I can currently give it to take it forward.

    “They're going to put as much as they can into it and they're going to want somebody that can take that and really drive it forward. I don't think I am that person.”

  • WILL I NEVER

    Claire Williams has lifted the lid on why she is stepping away from the F1 team.

    Speaking to Sky Sports on her decision to leave Williams, she said: “It was absolutely my decision and I'd like to make that really clear. I've obviously known that this has been coming.

    “I've been working on the strategic review since March and obviously lockdown as well afforded me the opportunity to think about my life and what I wanted and about the outcome of this process and what the eventualities could be and could mean.

    “I took a long time to think about what it would feel like to have new owners, if we did fully sell Williams, and what that would feel like for me.

    “I love this team, I've always loved this team, and I want to see it do well.

    “But I think anyone, I hope, could understand that for me working for somebody else would be potentially enormously difficult. I've run this team as my team as seven years.”

  • DOUBLE DELIGHT

  • FP1 CLASSIFICATION

  • FP1 IS DONE

    It is as you were, with Bottas leading the way in the first session 0.245 seconds quicker than his Mercedes teammate, Hamilton.

    Then Albon,Kvyat, Verstappen and Gasly.

    Leclerc in 11th for Ferrari. Vettel is down in 19th. Gulp.

  • JUST OVER 10 MINUTES TO GO

    And we have learned that Mercedes again are the team to beat, which we already knew.

    Good pace so far from Alex Albon and Max Verstappen in the Red Bulls.

    I guess the biggest surprise is seeing the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly so high up and easily in the top 10.

    Renault a little off the pace compared to expectations while Ferrari, Haas, Alfa Romeo plus Williams, remain the slowest.

  • A WORD ON FERRARI

    Charles Leclerc is currently in 8th place while Sebastian Vettel is down in 17th – both drivers using the medium tyres BUT over a second down on Bottas's early lap time.

  • THE SESSION HAS RESTARTED

    There is 36 minutes to go of FP1 and at the top it is as expected – Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen.

  • CRASH FOR VERSTAPPEN

    The session has been stopped as the Red Bull man loses control at speed and slams into the barriers.

    He's ok but he has damaged the front wing of that Red Bull.

    He's got the car running again and drives back to the pits, but he has done some damage to the car.

    Replays showing him losing the rear end, thanks to that Monza-spec rear wing with less downforce.

  • ONE HOUR TO GO

    The track is now busy with Albon, Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen all out on track.

    It is currently, Albon, Bottas and Stroll at the top of the time sheets but it is still early days.

    Please to say that everyone is out and there are no mechanical faults just yet.

  • ALEX ALBON GOES OUT

    After a period of quiet, the Red Bull of Alex Albon fires up directly in the garage below me.

    He is out on track on a new set of medium tyres.

    The Red Bull man needs another clean weekend in Monza to silence his critics.

    He says he is not bother about people criticising his performances this season, but surely it will if the pressure ramps up.

    The London-born Thai driver is a decent peddler, just needs a bit of a break.

  • IF ONLY WE COULD STOP THE CLOCK

    Ferrari are top of the timesheets

    …but it is only after Sebastian Vettel's installation lap.

  • GO GO GO…

    The green light is lit in the pitlane and FP1 has started.

  • A BIT OF A NERDY ONE

    But this race will be the first since qualifying engine modes have been outlawed.

    What does it all mean? Well, nothing really.

    The FIA have introduced the measure to stop Mercedes from tuning up their engine for Saturdays qualifying sessions in the hope of seeing someone else on pole.

    Only problem is, everyone else has to do the same, so while the lap times in qualifying will be marginally slower, the picture will be the same for everyone.

    So still expect to see a Mercedes on pole.

  • TRACK CONDITIONS FOR FP1

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