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Charles Leclerc came first on the test run of the 2019 Italian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc came first on the test run of the 2019 Italian Grand Prix

Ferrari's driver Charles Leclerc is the fastest in both FP1 and FP2 at Monza racetrack on September 6th.

It rained on the first test lap (FP1) that made most riders start with wet tires, except for two Red Bull riders who used intermadiate tires. Three times FP1 was interrupted by the accident of Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), Sergio Perez (Racing Point) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso).

Only 10 riders can make the switch to dry tires in order to test the last FP1. Including two McLaren drivers - Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. Both used soft tires and took the lead one minute 28,211 seconds and one minute 28,450 seconds, respectively. Not long after, Charles Leclerc took the lead with ordinary tires, with the same record of 27,905 seconds.

Nearly three hours after FP1, FP2 began with the road surface mostly dry. That makes it possible for riders to unleash their full potential, to understand the power of their cars in Monza. After 20 minutes, Leclerc changed from hard tires to soft tires to reach the fastest-lap in 20 minutes. That achievement was almost a second faster than Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - the driver used soft tires at the time. Near the end of the FP2, Hamilton switched to a soft tire and was only 0.068 seconds slower than Leclerc. This shows that Ferrari will face many difficulties if you want to win at home.

FP2 was interrupted when Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) drove off the sandy curb, due to slippery roads after rain. The organizers decided to send people to clean the sand to ensure the safety of the riders. Vettel did not perform well at FP2, when he came third with a minute of 21,179 seconds, slower than Hamilton by 0.133 seconds. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) have similar achievements, while Alexander Albon (Red Bull) is sixth with a minute of 21,589 seconds. All four cars with Honda engines (Red Bull and Toro Rosso) are in the top 10 at FP2.

Leclerc and Hamilton are expected to compete for the pole in the 20h classification round today 7/9 (GMT+8 time). And in the main race, it can rain suddenly and make the race even more unpredictable.