Max second in final free practice at Monza

Published on 07 September 2019 by Kees-Jan Koster

Max Verstappen finished the third and final free practice for the Italian Grand Prix in second position. In eleven laps the Dutchman set a 1:20.236 as his fastest time, only coming half a tenth short of the quickest man, Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas (P3) and Charles Leclerc (P4) kept the gap also very small by both going around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in 1:20.403.

When the session starts, it takes ten minutes before the pits is actually opened. A massive crash in the Formula 3 race earlier that morning took a lot of time to restore part of the circuit, which was finalised during the first part of the third free practice. When the lights go green it is straight away busy on track. Lance Stroll on behalf of Racing Point is the first who sets a lap time. Besides a couple of installation laps, Max Verstappen takes a long time to finally set a lap time. On the soft tires the Dutchman sets a 1:20.859, putting him in third position. The top six is formed by Charles Leclerc (1:20.452), Sebastian Vettel (+0.159), Max Verstappen (+0.407), Sergio Pérez (+0.906), Daniel Ricciardo (+0.957) and Lando Norris (+0.967).

Verstappen drops back to P5, but takes P3 again after setting a better time. By taking more than a tenth of his earlier time, the gap to Charles Leclerc, the man in first position, is only three tenths. After this Max returns to the pits. Behind the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver it is Lewis Hamilton (1:20.758), Valtteri Bottas (1:20.766) and Alexander Albon (1:20.827) who complete the top six.

There is a short break before the drivers come out again with more than ten minutes to go for some last runs. Max also comes out on the circuit in Monza on a new set of soft tires, setting a 1:20.326, putting him in P2. With less than half a tenth, the Dutchman keeps the gap the fastest man, Sebastian Vettel, minimal. The Ferrari driver ends the session as fastest. The rest of the top six is formed by Verstappen (+0.032), Bottas (+0.109), Leclerc (+0.109), Ricciardo (+0.270) and Hamilton (+0.301).

Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix will start at 15:00.

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Results third free practice Italy:

1Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:20.294 14
2Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:20.326+0.032s11
3Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:20.403+0.109s23
4Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:20.403+0.109s14
5Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:20.564+0.270s11
6Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:20.595+0.301s21
7Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:20.752+0.458s13
8Alexander AlbonALBRed Bull Racing Honda1:20.827+0.533s17
9Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:20.881+0.587s15
10Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:20.945+0.651s20
11Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:20.949+0.655s21
12Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:21.003+0.709s15
13Pierre GaslyGASScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:21.073+0.779s22
14Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:21.292+0.998s21
15Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:21.325+1.031s19
16Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:21.336+1.042s16
17Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:21.621+1.327s16
18Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:21.639+1.345s17
19George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:22.374+2.080s22
20Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:22.758+2.464s21