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Formula 1 Italian GP

F1 Italian GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Friday's action from the 14th round of the 2023 Formula 1 season

By: Haydn Cobb, Sam Hall


  • Sainz led the way for Ferrari on home soil.
  • Stroll caused the first red flag of the day when he stopped on track with a loss of power.
  • Session was red-flagged again with 10 minutes to go after Perez beached his Red Bull at Parabolica. 
  • Verstappen, who can become the first F1 driver to win 10 races in a row this weekend, was only fifth.
  1. Sainz, Ferrari
  2. Norris, McLaren
  3. Perez, Red Bull
  4. Piastri, McLaren
  5. Verstappen, Red Bull
  6. Leclerc, Ferrari
  7. Albon, Williams
  8. Alonso, Aston Martin
  9. Russell, Mercedes
  10. Hulkenberg, Haas
Status: Stopped
And with that, we bid you goodnight. We'll be back ahead of FP3 tomorrow morning. But for now here is the full rundown of FP2!
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60, in the pit lane

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60, in the pit lane

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Speaking on Sky Sports F1, Aston Martin team principal has confirmed a fuel system problem is to blame for Strolls early exit.
Before we leave you today, we will remind you how qualifying will work with the altered tyre allocations. In Q1, drivers must run the hard compound. In Q2, mediums are mandatory. Only in Q3 may drivers fit the soft rubber.
The chequered flag flies and Sainz will end Friday as the fastest driver at Monza. Norris is second from Perez, who ends the session with a long walk back to the garage.
Alonso has once again fitted soft tyres while the majority have bolted on the medium compound.
The session will resume at 17:56 local time. Less than one minute and we'll begin once more.
Five minutes remain in the session. We may get two-three minutes of action if the FIA does not elect to throw the chequered flag on the session.
Adding to this, with the reduced tyre allocation for the weekend, that is a medium set of tyres that he will not see again.
The rear wing tapped the barrier and the onboard cameras show the angle it has flopped to. This is not the time to make this type of mistake.
RED FLAG! Perez cannot escape and this will ruin everyone's long runs. The Red Bull driver ran wide in the middle of the corner and holds the slide through the gravel, likely destroying the floor of his car.
Perez has gone off at the Parabolica and appears to be beached in the gravel.
Hamilton's single-lap struggle is highlighted on the timing screens, with Hamilton only P17. His best time was set on the medium tyre. 

Conversely, Russell is P9.
We may be into the long runs but don't make the mistake of thinking that the drivers have backed off, as Hamilton takes a brief trip through the gravel second chicane.
Zhou completes his final soft tyre lap and now, it really is down to the grind of the long-runs. Zhou goes P19 after Bottas could manage only P12.
But keeping the high-speed stuff going slightly longer, Bottas goes for a hot lap while the majority of his rivals drop pit.
And after all of this, we are now likely to see a return to medium and hard tyres, as teams battle to gather as much long run data as possible.
Perez now radios in, indicating "we need to be better than this" in reference to drivers lapping dangerously slowly to build gaps.
Verstappen is instructed to pit after his traffic-strewn lap, but he argues that he needs to go again. The pitwall win this argument!
But Ferrari and Sainz strike back, returning to the top with a 1m21.355s.
Limited expectations for McLaren this weekend, but Norris goes to the top with a 1m21.374s! Team-mate Piastri pops up into third.
P3 for Verstappen - 0.091s off the pace of Perez but after being forced to navigate significant traffic in the middle sector.
On his lap, Perez goes fastest with a 1m21.540s. But here comes Verstappen...
Red Bull now attempt to practice the tow with both Verstappen and Perez taking turns.
Aston Martin has confirmed Stroll's problem cannot be fixed during this session. He will have one practice session before qualifying.
Leclerc fails to improve on his medium tyre time and remains P2.