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Italian GP: Max Verstappen fastest in final practice ahead as Mercedes remain off pace ahead of Monza qualifying

Max Verstappen was fastest in Practice Three, outpacing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by more than three tenths; Verstappen’s grid penalty for Sunday’s race means plenty of intrigue remains at Monza; watch Italian GP qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 3pm on Saturday

Last Updated: 10/09/22 1:20pm


Max Verstappen was fastest in final practice at Monza

Max Verstappen was fastest in final practice ahead of Italian Grand Prix qualifying as the world championship leader once more displayed a pace advantage over Ferrari.

The Red Bull driver turned the tables on Ferrari, outpacing second-placed Charles Leclerc by more than 0.3s after the Italian team had topped both Friday sessions at its home race.

Despite Verstappen’s clear pace advantage, plenty of intrigue remains at Monza with the Dutchman one of several drivers facing grid penalties for Sunday’s race.

Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez was almost 0.6s back in third, while Carlos Sainz was marginally further back in fourth.

It was another disappointing session for Mercedes, with George Russell seventh behind Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Lando Norris, while Lewis Hamilton finished down in 10th.

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