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:

PosDriverCarTimeGapLaps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m22.801s40
2Nico RosbergMercedes1m22.994s0.193s42
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1m23.254s0.453s33
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m23.427s0.626s28
5Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m23.732s0.931s25
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m24.003s1.202s33
7Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m24.259s1.458s24
8Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m24.299s1.498s41
9Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m24.516s1.715s35
10Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m24.549s1.748s28
11Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m24.556s1.755s20
12Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m24.587s1.786s40
13Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m24.653s1.852s42
14Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m24.674s1.873s33
15Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m24.981s2.180s25
16Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m25.083s2.282s38
17Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m25.240s2.439s31
18Esteban OconManor/Mercedes1m25.275s2.474s13
19Kevin MagnussenRenault1m25.555s2.754s39
20Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari1m25.614s2.813s33
21Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m25.643s2.842s31
22Jolyon PalmerRenault1m25.833s3.032s45

 

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.