Sebastian Vettel takes second free practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 31, 2018 Updated: 2:27 PM PT
MONZA, Italy — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished with the fastest time in the second Friday free practice of the Italian Grand Prix.
As the weather improved in the afternoon, lap times began to come down as the drying track started to evolve.
Vettel finished 0.270s ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen in second after the German had a big spin at the Parabolica and slid into the gravel making heavy contact with the wall. Vettel’s car sustained minor damage to it’s rear wing which was quickly repaired, and Vettel was able to resume the session.
“I slid off at Parabolica, but I managed to avoid touching the barrier, but I had just one slight nudge and came away with minor damage to the rear wing which had to be replaced. Apart from that, the car was fine. I am not entirely happy yet, but I know we can still improve because our car has big potential,” said Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton finished out the top three with 0.017s between him and teammate Valtteri Bottas in fourth. Red Bull driver’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth with Ricciardo starting Sunday’s race from the back of the grid after receiving a penalty for running Renault’s upgraded engine.
Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished seventh and eighth for the newly rebranded Force India team now named Racing Point Force India.
Sauber’s Charles Leclerc finished ninth after losing teammate Marcus Ericsson when his car suffered a DRS failure causing his car to lose control while breaking at Turn 1.
Ericsson’s car was seen somersaulting in the air into the barrier, then finally landing on to the grass. The Swedish driver would walk away from the crash unharmed.
“The accident I had in FP2 was a big impact – thanks to the strength of the car I am alright. The team is already working hard to repair the car so that I can be back on track tomorrow. I look forward to driving again,” said Ericsson.
Nico Hulkenberg finished tenth for Renault with Romain Grosjean in 11th followed by Hulkenberg’s teammate Carlos Sainz in 12th. Kevin Magnussen ended the afternoon 13th in the second Haas with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly in 14th.
Williams Sergey Sirotkin split the Toro Rosso’s in 15th with Brendon Hartley in 16th.
Sirotkin’s teammate Lance Stroll finished 17th ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in 18th after Alonso took over from junior driver Lando Norris in the morning.