The 14th round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Friday at Autodromo Nazionale Monza as teams prepared for the Italian Grand Prix Sunday.
Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – on the 5.793-kilometer (3.6-mile), 11-turn circuit were run under disparate conditions, with FP1 taking place in the wet and FP2 being dry but performed under a cloudy sky.
Everyone utilized rain tires in FP1, with Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen making their installation laps on the Pirelli Cinturato Blue full wet tire before donning the Green intermediate tire for the rest of the session. Magnussen ended up 13th quick with a time of 1:37.066 on his 13th and last lap. Grosjean was 15th fastest with a lap of 1:37.683, also on his 13th and final tour.
Leading the way in FP1 was Force India driver Sergio Perez, whose fast lap of 1:34.000 was .550 of a second better than the next quickest driver, Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen.
Run time was further limited in FP2 after Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber in dramatic fashion at the end of the frontstraight just before turn one. Ericsson was able to walk away from the accident, but the damage to his racecar was extensive. The resulting red-flag stoppage lasted approximately 20 minutes as safety crews cleaned the track and repaired the Armco barrier where Ericsson made contact before launching into a series of barrel rolls.
Drivers had a little over an hour of running in FP2, where they attempted to make the most of the more representative track conditions.
The Haas F1 Team duo performed similar programs in FP2, beginning on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tire before transitioning to the Red supersoft tire. Grosjean wrapped FP2 as the 11th-quickest driver with a time of 1:23.077. His fast time came on the eighth of his 31 laps on a set of softs. Magnussen ended the session 13th overall with a best time of 1:23.233 on his 15th tour, but on the supersoft tire. He completed 28 laps.
Quickest in FP2 was Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, whose mark of 1:21.105 was .270 of a second better than his nearest pursuer and teammate, Räikkönen. The Monza track record of 1:19.525, set in 2004 by Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya during practice, remained intact.
Between the two sessions, Haas F1 Team ran a total of 85 laps – 44 by Grosjean and 41 by Magnussen.