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Carlos Sainz went fastest in FP2 at the Italian Grand Prix, making it a successful Friday for the Scuderia on their own patch.
The Tifosi would like nothing more than to see their Ferrari team atop of the podium on Sunday afternoon, even if it might now prove academic in terms of both championships.
Indeed, it has been a season of high initial hope and then gradual difficulty for the Scuderia but they still have time to try and end this campaign on a high and they can certainly set-up a final flourish in style with a win at Monza before we start jetting off outside of Europe once again.
Of course, it’s still early days in terms of the weekend but Ferrari seem to have a decent level of pace at Monza, with Sainz going fastest of all ahead of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, who were both under two-tenths off of the Spaniard’s fastest time.
Lando Norris would go fourth-quickest ahead of George Russell in the Mercedes, whilst Sergio Perez was P6 ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Esteban Ocon.
Fernando Alonso was ninth ahead of Alex Albon in 10th, with the Williams driver hoping the car’s good straight-line speed is going to aid their cause this weekend in Italy.
Further down the field it was a session to forget for Mick Schumacher with him having to pull his Haas car over to the side of the track, prompting a red flag.
He was only able to get nine laps in before the issue struck and, after giving up his seat in FP1 for Antonio Giovinazzi, it means Schumacher has had very little running so far this weekend in Italy.
With Friday’s running done and dusted at Monza, focus begins to turn to Saturday.
FP3 will provide a final chance for teams to tweak and tune the settings on their cars before the real business begins with qualifying for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
The session is set to start at 4pm local time, which will be 3pm back in the UK.
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