ItalianGP – Friday: Alonso to start last

An eventful Friday for McLaren ahead of the Italian GP, as Fernando will start last regardless of qualifying position because of a 35-place grid drop.McLaren were actively practicing drafting in both practice sessions to make-up for the lack of engine speed.

Formula 1 2017 Italian GP Free Practice 1 Results
# Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.537 28
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:21.972 +0.435s 31
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.652 +1.115s 24
4. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:22.689 +1.152s 28
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:22.742 +1.205s 28
6. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:22.749 +1.212s 23
7. Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:23.317 +1.780s 36
8. Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:23.400 +1.863s 34
9. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:23.465 +1.928s 24
10. Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:23.561 +2.024s 37
11. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:23.680 +2.143s 22
12. Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:23.973 +2.436s 22
13. Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:23.991 +2.454s 30
14. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:24.012 +2.475s 27
15. Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:24.015 +2.478s 17

“Like Spa, Monza is one of those legendary tracks where everybody loves watching cars going racing. With the new wider, faster cars this year, it will definitely be another circuit where we’ll see a new fastest lap and some incredibly high speeds on the straights.

“It’s the fastest circuit on the calendar in terms of outright speed, and for a driver it’s an incredible feeling racing down those iconic straights punctuated by the tight chicanes and big, fast corners that require a huge amount of commitment. We’ve always said this circuit wouldn’t suit our package, and we expect a tough challenge. Although it’s power-hungry like Spa, it’s also different in many ways. Spa is a long race; the Monza circuit is short and sharp and the race always feels like it’s over very quickly.

“The thing I love most about Monza is the fans. Even when you’re not dressed in tifosi red, the fans come out in force and they’re all super passionate about racing and motorsport. The Italian Grand Prix is a favourite for many people and it really deserves its legendary reputation as a magic circuit for race fans.”

Formula 1 2017 Italian GP Free Practice 2 Results
# Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:21.406 25
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.462 +0.056s 24
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.546 +0.140s 33
4. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21.804 +0.398s 34
5. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:22.409 +1.003s 34
6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:22.752 +1.346s 22
7. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:22.947 +1.541s 31
8. Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:22.968 +1.562s 31
9. Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:22.977 +1.571s 43
10. Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:22.985 +1.579s 42