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Sainz narrowly leads Verstappen in actionpacked final practice session in Monza – My Blog

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Ferrari continued their positive type from Friday as Carlos Sainz set the tempo within the remaining observe session on the workforce’s residence race in Monza, as he narrowly led rival Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton forward of qualifying later right this moment.

After an actionpacked first day in Monza, the drivers returned for one more go on the Temple of Pace. As they continued to adapt to the Various Tyre Allocation (ATA) for the weekend, loads of the drivers strapped on a set of used tyres, with all three compounds on show to begin the session.

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And after the primary 20 minutes of operating, it was Verstappen who was as soon as once more setting the tempo. The championship chief’s time of 1m 21.687s on the softs was adequate to steer Sergio Perez by over half a second with Hamilton simply behind in third.

The drivers then started to swap tyres because the monitor appeared to be ramping up, with Alex Albon leaping as much as second place on a set of the medium tyres. As for Oscar Piastri, he was on a flying lap on the identical compound earlier than operating by means of the gravel at Flip 4.

Loads of the drivers then bolted on a set of recent softs with Sainz’s time of a 1m 20.912s adequate to leapfrog Verstappen on his strategy to setting the quickest time, with the Dutch driver simply 0.086s off the tempo.

Hamilton, who was briefly quickest, completed third, though he was over half a second off Sainz’s time. 2019 Italian GP winner Charles Leclerc was fourth quickest, having set his time on outdated softs as he dipped his tyre within the gravel on his first lap.

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Fernando Alonso was fifth for Aston Martin, forward of George Russell, with Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg in a formidable seventh and eighth for Haas, forward of Albon, though the Williams driver set his quickest time on the mediums.

Sergio Perez couldn’t come out for a qualifying simulation run on the softs after a leak was discovered on his energy unit. He was tenth quickest forward of Lance Stroll – who recovered from his lack of operating on Friday – to complete eleventh for Aston Martin.

Liam Lawson was the lead AlphaTauri in twelfth forward of workforce mate Yuki Tsunoda in thirteenth, whereas Piastri was 14th for McLaren – with replays exhibiting him showing to be impeded by Sainz on a flying lap late within the session with the 2 making contact.

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Logan Sargeant was in fifteenth for Williams, as Valtteri Bottas slotted his Alfa Romeo behind the American racer, with McLaren’s Lando Norris down in seventeenth forward of Esteban Ocon in 18th. Ocon’s Alpine workforce mate Pierre Gasly introduced up the rear of the sector, with Zhou Guanyu splitting the pair.

With third observe full the drivers will now come along with their groups to finalise their setups forward of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix later right this moment at 1600 native time.

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