Vettel’s Ferrari fastest at Italian GP ahead of qualifying

Ferrari hasn’t won its home race since Fernando Alonso triumphed at Monza in 2010.

7 September 2019 | 23:16

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 7 September 2019 | 23:16

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany enters the pit-lane during the third free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Saturday, Sept.7, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo).

MONZA: Ferrari was again quickest in practice on Saturday for Formula One’s Italian Grand Prix.

But unlike at both of Friday’s sessions, it was Sebastian Vettel and not Charles Leclerc who posted the fastest time in the third and final practice.

Vettel was .032 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 0.109 clear of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Leclerc, who claimed his first-ever F1 win last weekend at the Belgian GP.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was sixth fastest, .301 behind Vettel.

Ferrari hasn’t won its home race since Fernando Alonso triumphed at Monza in 2010.

Qualifying will take place later Saturday.

The start was delayed due to track repairs after a huge crash in the Formula Three race.

Alex Peroni’s car was launched into the air and landed on top of the catch fencing.

The 19-year-old Australian driver was able to walk to the medical car and has since been taken to hospital.

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