Hamilton leads FP2 as Monza set for 3-year deal

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Ferrari brought an upgraded engine to their home grand prix at Monza this weekend and arguably, it seems to be doing very well from a overall lap time. The Ferrari’s were just behind the clearly dominant Mercedes in Free Practice 2:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.801s 40
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.994s 0.193s 42
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m23.254s 0.453s 33
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.427s 0.626s 28
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m23.732s 0.931s 25
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.003s 1.202s 33
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m24.259s 1.458s 24
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m24.299s 1.498s 41
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.516s 1.715s 35
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m24.549s 1.748s 28
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.556s 1.755s 20
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m24.587s 1.786s 40
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.653s 1.852s 42
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m24.674s 1.873s 33
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.981s 2.180s 25
16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m25.083s 2.282s 38
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.240s 2.439s 31
18 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m25.275s 2.474s 13
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m25.555s 2.754s 39
20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.614s 2.813s 33
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.643s 2.842s 31
22 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m25.833s 3.032s 45

 

Lewis Hamilton, with a fresh basket of engine parts for the balance of the season, topped the time sheet in FP2 with his teammate, Nico Rosberg, leading FP1.

Pirelli were running some of their experimental tires again this weekend in an effort to make a more durable tire and avoid blowouts. The drivers were not entirely happy with the soft compounds but they didn’t seem to be experiencing quite the tire issues that last weekend presented.

The bigger new is that it seems Monza has finally reached an agreement with Formula to host the Italian Grand Prix for three years. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said:

“Regretfully we cannot sign it here legally.

“More importantly we have reached an agreement after a few months of negotiations between the lawyers.

“We are going through all the small details together and we will sign this back in England.

“The contract is only for three years, but I hope we will be here for another 100.”

That’s good news if you’re a big fan of the Temple of Speed.

Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT

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3 years is enough time to prepare the Imola track up to “modern” standards and compete with Monza for the race.