La F1 took action for the first time on the Italian circuit of Mugello, scene of Grand Prix of Tuscany. The great dominator of this first day of the ninth round of the World Cup was the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who led the two trials.
La Máxima took to the track with a reference time of PM1:18.704, scored in a 2004 test by the Brazilian Rubens Barrichello in his days as a Ferrari driver. This record was easily pulverized and improved in almost two seconds by Bottas. The Nordic established in the first trial PM1:17.879 and in the second round he nailed the stopwatch on 1: 16.989.
In the first test the Black Arrow with the N ° 77 had behind the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who was only 48/1000. While in the second there was a double for the German team thanks to the second place of the English champion Lewis Hamilton, who was 207/1000 of his teammate.
“It was a really fun day and I enjoyed every lap. The entire opening section with the high-speed chicanes and the second sector are simply incredible ”, Bottas said of this first experience at Mugello.
Hamilton was also very excited about the track which he described as "Intense, fast and challenging". In fact, he assured that, “There is no time to play… It is one of the most physically demanding circuits that I have driven in recent times. Love it".
In the final session the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) got the scare of the day when he found the Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) at the exit of the pit in a blind spot. Fortunately, there were no serious consequences ...
Ferrari, which disputes its 1.000th Grand Prize in the specialty, he had a decent start to activity with one of his two drivers in the Top 10 in both tests. The honor went to the Monegasque Charles Leclerc, which finished 3rd and 10th. While the german Sebastian Vettel ranked 13th and 12th (reported engine problems), respectively.
While french Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), who came to Mugello proud of having won the past Italian GP en MonzaHe had a good Friday that saw him 5th and 8th.
The activity of the first GP of Tuscany will continue on Saturday with a new free test and qualifying, which will define the starting grid for the race.
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||PM1:17.235||+0.246s||25|
|4||23||RED BULL RACING HONDA||PM1:17.971||+0.982s||28|
|7||11||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||PM1:18.198||+1.209s||34|
|9||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||PM1:18.385||+1.396s||38|
|11||18||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||PM1:18.462||+1.473s||37|
|17||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||PM1:18.944||+1.955s||35|
|2||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||PM1:17.927||+0.048s||32|
|9||23||RED BULL RACING HONDA||PM1:19.068||+1.189s||34|
|11||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||PM1:19.219||+1.340s||21|
|14||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||PM1:19.322||+1.443s||28|
|18||18||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||PM1:19.836||+1.957s||23|
|19||11||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||PM1:19.840||+1.961s||29|