Verstappen ahead of Leclerc and Perez in final F1 testing

Verstappen set the benchmark pace on the medium rubber in the early stages before improving his switch to the softs, edging Leclerc by 0.347 seconds in a scrappy session for the Ferraris.

To williamsappendicitis forced Albon to the sidelines and former Formula E champion de Vries in his seat for the remainder of the Italian GP.

De Vries, who drove for Aston Martin in FP1 instead of Sebastian Vetteltook to the Monza circuit ahead of his race debut on Sunday with 36 minutes remaining in the one-hour session and immediately finished 18th on medium tyres.

A slow start to the final Monza weekend practice meant only six drivers had recorded lap times after the first 10 minutes of racing.

red bulls Sergio Perez set the first benchmark with a 1m23.448s on medium rubber.

It then went to 1m22.611s and 1m22.148s, with Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas about two seconds behind in second after a first run on soft rubber.

Perez’s Red Bull team-mate Verstappen was forced to abort his first flying lap on medium tires just over 10 minutes into the session when he encountered slow traffic in the form of Mercedes. george russell.

Several drivers were encountering slow-moving traffic on their push laps, with Bottas almost finishing at the rear Ferrari of a tour carlos sainz in Turn 1 20 minutes.

Bottas was forced through the first chicane after puncturing his soft tires trying to avoid Perez, with the stewards placing the incident under investigation before opting to summon the Spaniard after FP3.

Sainz’s session was complicated by another complication when he was told to box soon after with a suspected fuel system problem, but he was able to get back on track with about half a remaining hour.

After his first lap time attack was hampered by Russell, Verstappen took the lead with a 1m21.872s on medium tires just under 20 minutes into the session as the Ferraris of Leclerc passed to second place on the same compound.

Verstappen’s position remained intact when Sainz moved up to second on soft compound with 15 minutes to go before the Red Bull driver clocked 1m21.252s in his qualifying simulation on the redwall tyre.

It would be the fastest lap of the weekend so far ahead of qualifying, with Leclerc holding second ahead of Perez.

Leclerc completed his fast first lap on the soft tires towards the end of FP3, making the most of the compound for his second attempt.

Sainz finished the session fourth ahead of the Alpine of Fernando Alonso and McLaren Lando Norris.

Russell was the fastest mercedes pilots in seventh of Yuki Tsunoda in the Alpha Tauri and Alpine Stephen Oconwhich joins the list of nine grid penalties for Sunday’s race.

Lewis Hamilton completed sister Mercedes’ top 10 ahead of Alfa Romeo Zhou Guanyu, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and the Williams duo of Nicholas Latifi and de Vries.

De Vries improved to 1m22.869s, although he suffered an off-track moment coming out of the first Lesmo with around half an hour of the session still to go.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricardo directed Bottas, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, Haas duo Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher – who was held up in his garage until the final 10 minutes with a clutch problem – and Spear Stroll in the second Aston.

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