Italian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas finishes ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in second free practice
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News September 1, 2017 Updated: 8:58 PM
MONZA, Italy -- Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas kept the ball rolling for Mercedes as he finished ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in the second free practice for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
"First of all it was nice that it stayed dry today because all the forecasts said that the rain could affect the running and we could have limited running before qualifying and the race in the dry. But we got our full plan done. In FP1 we were actually ahead of the plan because we were still worried about the weather. I think it was a good day – at least I have a better feeling than I had after the Friday in Spa, everything started on the right foot," said Bottas.
Bottas finished 0.056s ahead of Hamilton as the silver arrows are looking strong heading into Saturday's third practice and qualifying with Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third and fourth.
Another pair were the Red Bull drivers of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in fifth and sixth with Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso making up the final pair of drivers in seventh and eight. Red Bull and McLaren both stand to take pretty big grid penalties this weekend and will be doing what they can to soften the blow.
Force India's Esteban Ocon took ninth followed by Williams Felipe Massa in tenth. Force India are hoping to inprove on last week's results where only one of their cars made it into the points.
Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz who had to spend his birthday on the sideline after he ran into trouble and was forced to retire his car before the end of the session in 11th.
“Not the birthday I wished for! I knew since yesterday that we were going to get a grid penalty for changing part of the Power Unit, so that wasn’t a surprise, but today’s PU issue is definitely not something we welcome! This didn’t allow us to complete our programme and we know that we’re up for a very difficult weekend here in Monza," said Sainz.
Renault's Nico Hulkenberg finished 12th with teammate Jolyon Palmer in 13th. Ocon's teammate Sergio Perez finished 14th ahead Williams driver Lance Stroll in 15th by 0.051s .
Romain Grosjean ended the afternoon session in 16th followed by his teammate Kevin Magnussen in 17th after he made contact with the kerb at turn 7 with resulted in damage his suspension ending his day.
“We have something to understand about the tires. It seems like we’re not in the right window. We’ll try and work hard overnight and see if we can find a solution. The balance in the car isn’t too bad. It’s just a case of putting it all together," said Magnussen.
Daniil Kvyat finished 18th in the second Toro Rosso. Marcus Ericsson took 19th as he reversed the finishing order between the two Sauber drivers with his teammate Pascal Wehrlein in 20th.