MONZA, Italy, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Carlos Sainz put Ferrari at the top of the Formula One time sheets for the second day in a row, ahead of an Italian Grand Prix that is expected to give Red’s Max Verstappen Bull his tenth consecutive victory.
The Spaniard was fastest overall on Friday, delighting the home crowd at Monza’s famous ‘Temple of Speed’, and set the pace again in the final session before completing his best lap in one minute and 20.912 seconds. .
Verstappen was second quickest, 0.86 slower, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton third, but more than half a second off the pace of the Ferrari.
During practice, Sainz was awarded a black and white flag for impeding McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.
Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, who started on pole last year in a race won by Verstappen, was fourth fastest, followed by Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ George Russell.
Sergio “Checo” Pérez, Verstappen’s teammate and closest rival, could only finish 10th and finished the session early with the mechanics working on his car.
The Mexican is 138 points behind Verstappen after 13 of 22 races in a season dominated by Red Bull, which has won every race and the last 14 overall.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; editing in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)
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