Sep 01

Formula One teams Italian Grand Prix free practice report

Italian Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

150x80-flagworldf1Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Monza.



Formula One teams Italian Grand Prix free practice results

1 Bottas Mercedes 1:21.406 159.184 mph
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.462 0.056
3 Vettel Ferrari 1:21.546 0.140
4 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:21.804 0.398
5 Verstappen Red Bull 1:22.409 1.003
6 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:22.752 1.346
7 Vandoorne McLaren 1:22.947 1.541
8 Alonso McLaren 1:22.968 1.562
9 Ocon Force India 1:22.977 1.571
10 Massa Williams 1:22.985 1.579
11 Sainz Toro Rosso 1:23.150 1.744
12 Hulkenberg Renault 1:23.272 1.866
13 Palmer Renault 1:23.317 1.911
14 Perez Force India 1:23.352 1.946
15 Stroll Williams 1:23.403 1.997
16 Grosjean Haas 1:23.567 2.161
17 Magnussen Haas 1:23.650 2.244
18 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:24.253 2.847
19 Ericsson Sauber 1:24.894 3.488
20 Wehrlein Sauber 1:25.295 3.889
01 - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

2017 Italian Grand Prix – Friday

Silver Arrows set the practice pace on Friday

  • Lewis finished the morning session in P1 with Valtteri in P2 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza
  • Valtteri ended the day in P1 in the afternoon session with Lewis in P2
  • Both drivers ran the Medium (Install), Soft and SuperSoft compound tyre in FP1
  • In FP2, both Valtteri and Lewis then used the Soft and SuperSoft compound tyre
  • The Silver Arrows were the only cars to finish FP1 in under 1:22 with Lewis over a second faster than the Ferraris in P3 and P4
  • In FP2, the four fastest cars finished within half a second of each other
  • Despite the rain that was forecast, it stayed dry for most of the practice sessions
Driver Chassis No. P1 P2
Valtteri Bottas F1 W08 EQ Power+/03 31 Laps 1:21.972 P2 25 Laps 1:21.406 P1
Lewis Hamilton F1 W08 EQ Power+/05 28 Laps 1:21.537 P1 24 Laps 1:21.462 P2

Valtteri Bottas
First of all it was nice that it stayed dry today because all the forecasts said that the rain could affect the running and we could have limited running before qualifying and the race in the dry. But we got our full plan done. In FP1 we were actually ahead of the plan because we were still worried about the weather. I think it was a good day – at least I have a better feeling than I had after the Friday in Spa, everything started on the right foot. Initially in FP1 we went slightly in the wrong direction with the setup, but we managed to change it around for FP2 and the car felt a lot better. Overall, it was a positive day, the car is looking strong, but obviously it’s the next two days that count.

Lewis Hamilton
It’s been a good day, a clean day. We got the running done, we got through our programme with no problems. The car seems nicely balanced here. We just have some work to do to eke out a little bit more performance. It looks quite close between us and the Ferraris, so I anticipate it’s going to be similar to the last race in that sense.

James Allison
It was a slightly unusual Friday because the forecasts were quite pessimistic about the rain – overly pessimistic as it turned out. It meant that we put quite a bit of what we would normally do in the afternoon into the morning session. Considering the slightly unusual nature of the day, we’re quite pleased with the way it’s worked out. Both drivers looked fairly competitive on both the long runs and the short runs. It’s a very unusual circuit with unique downforce levels, but we looked to be in ok shape. There is a threat of rain for tomorrow, so all bets might be off for what we learned today, but it will be a dry race. So looking strong in the dry today is a good sign.

source: mercedesamgf1.com2017 photo album

01 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing



  • First Practice session: 1:22.749, Position: 6, Laps: 23
  • Second Practice Session: 1:22.409, Position: 5, Laps: 34

“We are more or less where we expected to be with the car today. It is hard for us on this track with the long straights which we have to combine with a very low downforce setting so we just try to make the best of it. We will start the race a bit further back with the penalties but hopefully I can enjoy overtaking a good number of cars on Sunday. It makes sense to take the penalties here as this track is already not that good for us, Singapore is better for our car so we don’t want to risk anything there.”


  • First Practice Session: 1:22.742 Position: 5, Laps: 28
  • Second Practice Session: 1:22.752, Position: 6, Laps: 22

We were pretty competitive in those conditions today. We’ll make some minor adjustments tonight but generally the car feels quite good here. If it’s wet tomorrow we’ll probably try everything and see if we have a chance for a pole position. If it’s dry we’ll have to assess further, because even if I’m pole position I’ll probably start at the back. Even though I’ve got the penalty I’m actually excited for tomorrow and the race on Sunday, knowing we’ll start at the back we have a chance to have a fun race. Of course it’s disappointing knowing that the chance of a Monza podium is unlikely, but the chance of a fun race is there. I expected this a few races ago so at least I was prepared, however I’m excited for the chance to pass a few people on Sunday.”



Free time!

The Italian Grand Prix is regularly the quickest of the season by time – with the grand prix usually falling between the 1hr17m to 1hr19m mark. With two hours allotted for the race it means that we’re getting a whole 40 minutes free. Yay! But what should we do with the extra time. Here are a few suggestions…

  1. Run a really fast 15km – You’ll need to be really quick but if you’re world class then you might be able to match Leonard Patrick Komon who broke the world record over 15km at the 27th ABN-AMRO Zevenheuvelenloop, or Seven Hills Run, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in 2010. Running in cool but sunny conditions the 22-year-old clocked 41:13. OK maybe that’s too ambitious but you could try a quick 5km, which for an average 35-year-old male or female should be about 30 mins. You’ll need the extra 10 minutes to cool down.
  2. Listen to a classic vinyl album – back in the day, before CDs (for the kids among you they were silver discs with a music capacity of about 74 minutes) there were things called LPs. Now, some people insist on calling these things ‘vinyls’, which is of course completely stupid and utterly wrong. They are records, albums, LPs and they generally carried about 40 minutes of music. Indeed, perhaps the ultimate classic album, the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has a running time of 39:42. In that you get gems such as title track, With a Little Help From My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, She’s Leaving Home, Within You, Without You and of course A Day In the Life. OK, if you’re really dull you can listen to it on Spotify too.
  3. Watch Two Soldiers Every year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film and in 2003 the statuette was presented to director Aaron Schneider’s film Two Soldiers. The film, set during WWII, tells the tale of two brothers, Pete and Willie Grier, one older, one a child, who share a close bond as the elder brother teaches his sibling the ways of their backwoods lifestyle. Their peaceful life is broken by news of the Pearl Harbor attacks and Pete, eager to serve his country, enlists, leaving Willie without his best friend and brother. Willie decided to pursue his brother in order to also serve and sets off on an odyssey of self-discovery. It’s beautiful, quite moving and yep, the run time is exactly 40 minutes.
  4. Watch a re-run of last weekend’s Moto GP race – What with the hectic nature of the Formula One schedule and the fact that it started midway through last weekend’s F1 Belgian GP can we suggest that you watch a re-run of last weekend’s MotoGP British Grand Prix. Yep, it took Andrea Dovizioso 45m 45s to win the race ahead of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. What? Have we given it away? Sorry about that.
  5. Have a nap – it’s a back-to-back and we’re facing a whole bunch of debilitating flyaway races, so why not get your head down for 40 minutes and get some rest, you’re going to need it. Also, it’s proven to be good for you. A groundbreaking NASA study from 1995 looked at the beneficial effects of napping among 747 pilots. Each participant was allowed to nap for 40 minutes during the day, sleeping on average for 25.8 minutes. Those who napped “demonstrated vigilance performance improvements from 16% in median reaction time to 34% in lapses compared to the No-Rest Group.” There you go, we think.

source: redbullracing.com2017 photo album

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

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Sahara Force India F1 Team

2017 Italian Grand Prix: Practice Report

Sahara Force India completed a positive first day of action in Monza as the sun shone on the Northern Italian circuit.


FP1 1:23.317 P7 36 laps
FP2 1:23.352 P14 43 laps

Sergio: “It’s been a busy day and I feel quite happy heading into the weekend. We expected to lose some track time due to the rain, but it didn’t hit us so we were able to maximise our mileage. We collected some important information to help us set the car up for tomorrow. I wasn’t as happy with the car balance during the afternoon session, but we have enough data to look into the issue and understand how to fix it overnight.”


FP1 1:23.400 P8 34 laps
FP2 1:22.977 P9 43 laps

Esteban: “It was a solid day of practice. We were testing a lot of different things and I think we came away with some very good data at the end of the day. I am pretty happy with how things went and the work we completed – we will need to do the same tomorrow in the final practice session before qualifying. There was a lot of track evolution as the day progressed: the main straight, in particular, has been resurfaced and the practice starts felt a bit slippery. It started raining at one point, but it didn’t last long so it didn’t really influence our day.”


“It’s been a pretty standard day and the weather was kind to us in the end, despite the prediction of thunderstorms. Right from the start, both drivers were quite happy with the baseline balance of the car, which allowed us to move through our test programme. We did some work to evaluate the different rear wing levels, which is something we always do here in Monza, and also to understand the tyre compounds we will be racing. Esteban was happier about his car than Sergio this afternoon, so we will need to look into the reasons for this and see how we can improve ahead of qualifying. There is still some work to do because we have seen the margins between cars will be very small. We have a solid base to build on, but a few tenths more or less will mean a big swing in terms of grid position, and we need to be ready for a very competitive Saturday.”

source: forceindiaf1.com2017 photo album

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Williams Martini Racing

Italian Grand Prix Practice

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: We managed to run our whole programme in FP1 and FP2 without any issues, running a number of different aerodynamic configurations, with both drivers pretty happy with the balance of the car. Quite quickly, Lance was familiar with this track. So the pace for both drivers looks to be in reasonable shape for qualifying and the race. It’s going to be an interesting qualifying as it always is at Monza. Lance flat spotted his supersoft tyre in FP2 so he couldn’t do his long run on that tyre, concentrating on the soft instead, but apart from that everything was normal. We’ve had some difficult Fridays in the last few races so it’s nice to get one where things have gone to plan.

Felipe Massa: It was a much better Friday than we’ve had in the last few races, so I’m really optimistic that the car can be more competitive here in Monza compared with how it was in the last races. We tried some different bodywork options and different wings plus we managed a lot of laps on the tyres so I really hope everything comes together to have a much better weekend.

Lance Stroll: Today we were much more competitive, and it looks much better this weekend than in the past events. I had a good day on my side, but spun on my good lap in FP2, which was a bit frustrating, and I didn’t get to put my lap time on the board with the supersofts. However, everything is feeling good and hopefully we will say the same tomorrow. I think we can be very close to Q3, if not in it, so we just have to make sure everything works out and we will see what happens.


Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy 5.793 km, 3.599 miles
Weather Warm and dry Warm and dry
Air & Track Temperatures 22-23°C / 24-28°C 25-28°C / 33-41°C
F. Massa, FW40-01 1:23.561 (10th) 1:22.985 (10th)
L. Stroll, FW40-03 1:23.991 (13th) 1:23.403 (15th)
Quickest Time L. Hamilton 1:21.537 V. Bottas 1:21.406


source: williamsf1.com2017 photo album

05 - McLaren Mercedes

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team

2017 Italian Grand Prix – free practice

“A very positive start to the weekend”

In a session where rain threatened for most of the morning – and eventually appeared at the end – both drivers completed their FP1 programmes with no major problems. The team used the session to execute its scheduled handling and set-up changes, and both cars ran a number of tests in preparation for the weekend ahead. Fernando also did his first run of the day in his MCL32 complete with halo fitted to the cockpit.

Fernando will take a 35-place grid penalty on Sunday for a power unit change, and, like in Spa, the team is electing to maximise its opportunities at this power-hungry track by implementing a tow strategy using each car’s slipstream. Stoffel and Fernando practised this in the final stages of FP1, before Fernando ended his running 20 minutes before end of the session to allow his crew enough time to change his engine ahead of FP2.

The team worked hard over lunch to switch Fernando’s engines, and he made it back out onto the track just a few minutes after the start of the second session. Both drivers covered a lot of mileage with minimal stoppages, both completing 31 laps. Fernando had a small glitch early on when he reported a loss of power, but this was quickly rectified through software management. The team once again opted to practise towing with both cars, as well as evaluate set-up configurations for the race. Stoffel ended FP2 in a strong seventh position, with Fernando just two-hundredths behind him in eighth.

The drivers

Fernando Alonso

  • #FA14  MCL32-05
  • FP1 1m24.015s (+2.478s) 17 laps 15th
  • FP2 1m22.968s (+1.562s) 31 laps 8th

“Today has been a very positive day, with a good feeling in both sessions. We did find some performance here, which was a little bit unexpected because coming to such an unfavourable circuit for us we weren’t hoping much, but we have both cars in the top 10 and this is very good.

“We’ve tried some interesting things and there’s been some good learning, and hopefully tomorrow we can put more into qualifying and repeat the result, even though it will be more difficult.

“Stoffel helped me in Spa, when he had penalties, and here I’m starting last due to penalties again, so I will try to help him as much as I can by doing some towing, and hopefully put him in the best position for Sunday.”

Stoffel vandoorne

  • #SV2  MCL32-04
  • FP1 1m23.465s (+1.928s) 24 laps 9th
  • FP2 1m22.947s (+1.541s) 31 laps 7th

“It’s been a bit of a surprising Friday for us as a team. To be inside the top 10 with both cars has been a very positive start to the weekend, especially on a track like Monza where we know the engine deficit plays a very big role. I think it’s been a very positive Friday but, as we can see, the lap-times are very close behind us, so we need to keep working – to keep fighting for every tenth, hundredth, thousandth we can find – because it’s easy to lose a lot of places here.

“We would be extremely happy if we can carry forward today’s performance into tomorrow, but I think we might go backwards a little bit as the others probably have a bit extra in hand with engine modes. But we just need to benefit from others’ mistakes, really focus on our own performance, and hopefully we can carry this momentum through to tomorrow.

“The weather forecast doesn’t really worry me. So far today has been dry – I haven’t yet seen the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend – but we’ll see what happens and you never know how it will affect our running.”

the management

Eric Boullier


“Today’s been encouragingly productive for the team, as we’ve managed to complete important tests and cover our scheduled programmes for the day. The mechanics worked really hard to change Fernando’s engine between sessions, and for that I’d like to thank them for yet another day of hard work at the track, and for the speed at which they managed to complete it.

“Both sides of the garage have had a solid day’s running, and we were able to conduct some useful towing practice ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session. On a track so notoriously fast and power-hungry as Monza, we have to utilise every tool we have in our armoury tomorrow to give ourselves the best chance on the grid for Sunday. There are other cars that will also be out of position due to penalties, so it’s all to play for.

“Unseasonal rain had been threatening all morning, but this afternoon we enjoyed more typical Italian sunshine, with higher track temperatures and dry running allowing us to gather important data ahead of Sunday’s race. We were able to shift our attention to longer running at the end of FP2 – despite a brief Virtual Safety Car period – and also complete the usual pitstop practice, so overall I’m pleased with what we’ve done today and I hope we can translate that into a positive day tomorrow.”



“Despite the unstable weather conditions today, especially this morning, we were able to run through our practice programme as planned.

“We brought an updated PU to Italy this weekend, which Fernando ran in FP1. Although we will receive a penalty for the race on Sunday, it was important for us to introduce this new update as soon as possible, and to test its performance on track. I can confirm that we saw a positive result in the performance as expected.

“Fernando’s PU was switched out before FP2, and he will run the remainder of the weekend with his Belgium race PU. I would like to thank the team for their hard work to get Fernando back out on track so quickly.

“Stoffel also ran through his programme as planned and finished the day seventh quickest overall, which was a very good start to his weekend.

“Although the power-hungry nature of this track means we’ll no doubt have another tough grand prix, we’ll continue to prepare and push for Q3 in qualifying tomorrow.”

source: mclaren.com2017 photo album

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Scuderia Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz (STR12-02, Car 55)

  • First Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:23.680, pos. 11th, 22 laps
  • Second Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:23.150, pos. 11th, 21 laps

“Not the birthday I wished for! I knew since yesterday that we were going to get a grid penalty for changing part of the Power Unit, so that wasn’t a surprise, but today’s PU issue is definitely not something we welcome! This didn’t allow us to complete our programme and we know that we’re up for a very difficult weekend here in Monza. We will of course keep our chin up and keep pushing – I have to say I’m feeling good in the car, it’s very light as we are running very low downforce to try and compensate our engine deficit… It’s tricky out there, but at least I’m enjoying it and hopefully we can extract the maximum out of the car tomorrow and on Sunday.”

Daniil Kvyat (STR12-04, Car 26)

  • First Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:24.012, pos. 14th, 27 laps
  • Second Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:24.253, pos. 18th, 28 laps

“Not a good Friday. I didn’t feel comfortable in the car today and nothing really worked as well as it should have. We now need to review everything overnight, understand the reason for this and hopefully find a better solution for tomorrow.”

Jody Egginton (Head of Vehicle Performance)
“With a risk of rain present heading into FP1, we were keen to cover the primary mechanical and aero test items and then set the normal baseline in the first 40 minutes without disruption and we did manage to achieve this. Carlos also installed with the Halo fitted, providing useful data and a further reference point for the driver. As is normal in Monza, the lower downforce level provides the drivers and engineers with a challenge in terms of optimising the set up and, as such, there were some of the typical balance issues to address with the second tyre set in order to have a better view of required changes for FP2.  Set up diverged slightly for FP2 in order to allow assessment of a few more items. Carlos was able to find a reasonable balance and set representative times on both compounds, although unfortunately his day was ended early with what appears to be a Power Unit failure. Daniil was less happy with the balance of his car early on in the session, so a further set up change was evaluated before he switched to longer runs. However, we also had to end this run slightly early due to a potential reliability issue. Frustratingly, we have not been able to gather a lot of tyre data from the long runs today and in the case of Daniil we also have some further work to do to optimise his set up.  However, on the flip side, with Carlos we have managed to move forwards with the set up so our challenge tonight is to bring all of this together ahead of FP3, for us to catch up on the lost running today, with both cars.”

source: scuderiatororosso.com2017 photo album

11 - Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team: Italian Grand Prix Practice Recap


  • Event:  Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 (FP1 and FP2)
  • Date:  Friday, Sept. 1
  • Location:  Autodromo Nazionale Monza
  • Layout:  5.793-kilometer (3.6-mile), 11-turn circuit
  • FP1 Weather:  Partly cloudy
  • FP1 Air Temps:  21.7-22.9 degrees Celsius (71.1-73.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • FP1 Track Temps:  23.5-28.3 degrees Celsius (74.3-82.9 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • FP2 Weather:  Partly sunny
  • FP2 Air Temps:  25.1-27.5 degrees Celsius (77.2-81.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • FP2 Track Temps:  32.7-40.6 degrees Celsius (90.9-105.1 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Drivers:  Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

FP1 Rundown

Magnussen:  12th quick (1:23.973), 22 laps completed

Grosjean:  16th quick (1:24.079), 22 laps completed

Fastest Driver:  Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:21.537)

Most Laps:  Felipe Massa of Williams (37 laps)

FP2 Rundown

Grosjean:  16th quick (1:23.567), 31 laps completed

Magnussen:  17th quick (1:23.650), 20 laps completed

Fastest Driver:  Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (1:21.406)

Most Laps:  Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez of Force India (43 laps apiece)


The 13th round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Friday at Autodromo Nazionale Monza as teams prepared for the Italian Grand Prix Sunday. Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – on the 5.793-kilometer (3.6-mile), 11-turn circuit were run under varying weather conditions, with FP1 cloudy and slightly cooler while FP2 was sunny and warm.


FP1 was completed as rain threatened throughout with only the occasional drop on various portions of the track. Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen took advantage of the dry running, not knowing if FP2 would be run under the same conditions.


With FP1 potentially being the only session of the day without rain, the decision was made to postpone Antonio Giovinazzi’s planned FP1 stint in place of Magnussen. Giovinazzi is the third driver for Scuderia Ferrari and Magnussen had graciously relinquished his seat for Giovinazzi to gain some additional Formula One experience. The 23-year-old from Martina Franca, Italy, drove a Formula One car earlier this year when he subbed for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber during the first week of winter testing at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya and again during the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix. This was scheduled to be the third of seven FP1 sessions where Giovinazzi drove for Haas F1 Team. Giovinazzi will get a makeup FP1 session at a to-be-determined venue before the end of the season.


Magnussen led the way for Haas F1 Team in FP1 with the 12th-fastest time. He logged 22 laps with a best time of 1:23.973 coming on his 14th tour while riding a set of Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tires. Grosjean also ran 22 laps, with his quick time being a 1:24.079 earned on his 12th lap, also on Red supersofts. He was 16th overall. Both drivers performed the same program and sampled all the tires in Pirelli’s Monza lineup, beginning with the White medium for their installation laps before bolting on Yellow softs and eventually transitioning to the grippier and faster Red supersofts.


Fastest in FP1 was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton earned the top spot with a lap of 1:21.537, which was .435 of a second faster than Bottas.


Monza’s long straights and flowing corners allow teams to bring a low-downforce package where their drivers are able to approach speeds of nearly 360 kph (224 mph) and average lap times of 259 kph (161 mph). In fact, the fastest lap ever recorded in Formula One took place at Monza.


Speeds increased in FP2, with the majority of the field bettering their FP1 marks as the air temperature was nearly five degrees warmer than FP1 with a track temperature that was 12 degrees higher.


Grosjean wrapped FP2 as the 16th-quickest driver with a time of 1:23.567, which was .512 of a second better than his best lap in FP1. His quick time came on the 11th of his 31 laps shod on a set of Red supersoft tires. Magnussen shaved .323 of a second off his FP1 time with a 1:23.650 earned on his 15th lap, also while utilizing the supersoft tire. He ended the session just behind his teammate in 17th with 20 laps completed. Magnussen’s lap total would have emulated Grosjean’s, but a rear suspension failure cut his running short with 13 minutes remaining in FP2.


Mercedes again set the pace, but in reverse order, with Bottas atop FP2. His quick time of 1:21.406 was .056 of a second faster than Hamilton. The quick time was still 1.881 seconds off the all-time fastest lap at Monza – and the all-time fastest lap in Formula One history – which is 1:19.525 set by Juan Pablo Montoya during practice for the 2004 Italian Grand Prix.


Between the two sessions, Haas F1 Team ran a total of 95 laps – 53 by Grosjean and 42 by Magnussen.

Romain Grosjean, driver #8

“I don’t think we should read too much into lap times, to be fair. This morning was very, very tight, and it was again this afternoon. Half a second would put us to P7, or so. Competition-wise, I’m not too worried. There are a few things we want to do on the car. The long run felt OK. We’ll try to make some magic tonight. I think, generally, it was a pretty good day.”

Kevin Magnussen, driver #20

“We have something to understand about the tires. It seems like we’re not in the right window. We’ll try and work hard overnight and see if we can find a solution. The balance in the car isn’t too bad. It’s just a case of putting it all together.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal

“An exciting Friday, to say the least. It started off with us deciding to put Kevin (Magnussen) in the car instead of Antonio (Giovinazzi) because of the weather situation. It was showing that the only dry session would be FP1, which in the end it didn’t work out like this because FP2 was dry as well. But, at that time, that was our best knowledge and we had to make the decision to get Kevin some dry running. That was quite intense for everybody to get everything swapped over. Then we just went through our program. In the middle of FP2 we had a rear suspension failure on Kevin’s car. We’re now investigating what happened. We’ll find out what it was and go from there. Again, we got a lot of data because up to then we had good information and got a lot of laps. We’ll work on the data overnight, get ready for tomorrow and go for a good qualifying.”

Next up

Drivers have one more practice session on Saturday (11:00-12:00) before qualifying starts at 14:00. Qualifying consists of three rounds, with the 15 fastest drivers from Q1 moving on to Q2. Then, the 10 fastest drivers from Q2 advance to Q3 where they’ll battle for the pole.

source: haasf1team.com2017 photo album

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Renault Sport Formula One Team

2017 Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix, Friday

Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of the Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia 2017 with Nico Hülkenberg leading the charge for the team with the twelfth fastest time, 1min 23.272secs. Jolyon Palmer ended the second session just behind his team-mate in thirteenth with his 1min 23.317secs lap.

Alan Permane, Sporting Director – Technical programme notes

  • In FP1, both drivers used Pirelli’s Medium (white) and Supersoft (red) tyres.
  • In FP2, Jolyon and Nico ran with the Soft (yellow) and Supersoft tyres. Nico’s session ended early due to a minor hydraulic issue after completing 14 laps.
  • What we learned today: There is more pace to come from the R.S.17 in Monza.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-04

Free practice 1: P17, 1:24.542, 17 laps
Free practice 2: P12, 1:23.272, 14 laps
Nico: “We had a pretty standard Friday. The balance felt good but we have the usual challenges of Monza, top speed isn’t our strength so we need to see how we can address that for Saturday and Sunday.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03

Free practice 1: P18, 1:25.166, 21 laps
Free practice 2: P13, 1:23.317, 34 laps

Jolyon: “Overall the car feels okay, though we were not yet as competitive as we’d like to be. We knew Monza wasn’t going to be the easiest track for us, having said that, we know there is still more to come from the car. We did lose some running time this morning following a puncture on one set of tyres, but we managed to catch most of it back up during FP2 this afternoon.”

Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer: “A pretty straightforward day today. Although we managed to get all the information we needed, as a precautionary measure, we ended Nico’s FP2 session early due to a minor issue related to the hydraulic system. Jolyon generally had a good day but lost some time in the morning when he had an air leak from his tyre. Both drivers were generally happy with balance of their cars. We are positive we can put on a good show for qualifying and for the race.”

source: renaultsport.com2017 photo album

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Sauber F1 Team

Formula 1 Heineken Italian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

  • Weather: sunny/cloudy and dry, 22-28°C air, 24-41°C track

The two practice sessions ahead of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza ran smoothly for the Sauber F1 Team. Pascal Wehrlein tested the halo system early in FP1, while Marcus Ericsson focused on testing various aerodynamic configurations. In the afternoon, both drivers concentrated on short and long runs on soft and supersoft tyres. Ericsson and Wehrlein completed 56 and 51 laps, respectively.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):

  • Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
  • 1st practice: 20th / 1:25.687 min (17 laps) / 2nd practice: 19th / 1:24.894 min (39 laps)

“Overall, today has been a decent day for us. We tested various aerodynamic configurations and focused on scanning through different downforce levels. We managed to work through our planned programme today, which was positive, and are now looking at our data to find the best possible setup for this unique Monza track.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):

  • Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
  • 1st practice: 19th / 1:25.223 min (26 laps) / 2nd practice: 20th / 1:25.295 min (25 laps)

“The day started out quite positively. In the morning, I felt comfortable in the car and was able to complete some decent laps during the session. In FP2, I was not fully comfortable with the balance of the car. We are looking at our data now, and trying to optimise the setup for tomorrow. Overall, it is good that we completed our programme, and I look forward to the rest of the weekend.”

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Italian Grand Prix Practice Sessions

  • Mercedes Fastest In Both Free Practice Sessions, Using Supersoft Tyres To Go Quickest
  • Gap Between Supersoft And Soft Is Currently Around 0.7 Seconds: Fp2 Times Nearly A Second And A Half Faster Than Last Year
  • Some Rain In The Morning Did Not Affect Track Evolution, But Slick Tyres Still Used Throughout The Day

Mercedes topped both free practice sessions at Monza on the supersoft tyre, with Valtteri Bottas setting fastest time of the day in FP2, while Lewis Hamilton went quickest in FP1. The best time from Bottas in the afternoon was nearly a second and half faster than the equivalent session last year, using the same tyres. Some rain fell towards the end of FP1 with no effect on track evolution. Currently, the gap between the soft and supersoft tyres is just over half a second.

“As we expected, there’s not been a significant increase in overall speeds at Monza, as the new 2017 regulations accentuate cornering performance rather than top speed, and this circuit is most about the straights. However, the fastest time in FP2 was still nearly a second a half faster than the equivalent session last year, using the same tyre compounds. Initial indications suggest that this could be a one-stop race, with only a small difference between the compounds leading to quite a wide pit stop window.”

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