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Formula 1: Leclerc, Sainz help Ferrari emerge quickest in Friday's practice runs ahead of Italian GP
Monegasque Leclerc was the quickest in the first free practice while his Ferrari teammate Sainz set the fastest time in FP2 of one minute and 21.664 seconds.
Carlos Sainz made sure Ferrari were fastest in both of Friday's practice runs at the Italian Grand Prix by topping the times in the second session at Monza.
The Ferrari pair swapped fastest laps in a closely-contested session in bright sunshine, Sainz making light of the prospect of a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's race after taking new power-train components.
The incident occurred during lap 58 (of 71) of the race when cameras caught Sainz's Ferarri rolling backward with the 27-year-old Spanish driver jumping out of the car as a race marshal tried dousing the flames.
Sainz was in the lead with Charles Leclerc close behind and, while Ferrari at first said they were “free to fight,” the Italian team then asked Sainz to let Leclerc past to avoid losing time to Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen struggled with the conditions and also had a minor mechanical problem.
Sainz was travelling at high speed during opening practice for Sunday's race when the animal appeared between turns two and three.
Having made his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso in 2015, Carlos Sainz has taken part in 143 Grand Prix races, bagging eight podiums.
Formula 1 2022: Sergio Perez claims 'unbelievable' pole at 215th attempt, Mick Schumacher suffers horror crash
Qualifying was marred by a horror crash suffered by Mick Schumacher, which ruled him out of the race, and Lewis Hamilton's shock elimination in the opening Q1 session.
Leclerc was 0.123 seconds faster than Red Bull's Verstappen while Carlos Sainz will start third on the grid in the second Ferrari.
Formula 1: Expectations 'very high' says Charles Leclerc as Ferrari unveil new F1-75 car for 2022 season
Revealed at Maranello, the F1-75 takes its name from an important anniversary for the team, 75 years since founder Enzo Ferrari produced his first Ferrari car.
Verstappen, who grabbed the lead on the first corner, finished 16.555sec ahead of Hamilton with Perez just over a second further back.
With six of the 21 rounds to race, Max Verstappen of Red Bull has retaken the lead in the drivers' championship by six points over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Hamilton turned Verstappen's five-point championship lead into a two-point lead of his own as the Dutch driver finished second after a dramatic drive from last on the grid.
McLaren driver Lando Norris took pole after timing his final fast lap to perfection, in the dying seconds of the session after switching to slick tires as the racing line dried.
Hamilton clocked 1min 6.134sec in his Mercedes to beat Red Bull's Verstappen, the championship leader, with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes third fastest.
Formula 1 2021: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on pole for Azerbaijan GP after crash-laden qualifying in Baku
Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton will start alongside Leclerc, who is looking for quick redemption after taking pole in Monaco only to retire from the race when his car broke down on the warm-up lap.
Formula 1 2021: From Verstappen leading championship to Leclerc's elimination, talking points from Monaco GP
As expected, Qualifying in Monaco GP delivered more action than Race day. But even if Sunday didn’t deliver blockbuster action, it sure delivered a few very interesting narratives.
Formula 1 2021: Max Verstappen makes most of Charles Leclerc's Monaco GP misery to take championship lead
Carlos Sainz for Ferrari took second with Lando Norris of McLaren completing the podium. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton had a low key weekend, qualifying in seventh and finishing in seventh.