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Formula 1 GP Italy 2018: Analysis Training & amp; Long run times

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D as first training on initially wet, Later drying web went to Sergio Perez and Force India. The Mexican was on the track at the right time. It was the first training win this year for a driver who does not drive a Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull. In the second practice session the track was dry. And then it became apparent who was really wearing the pants. To the cheers of the Tifosi, Ferrari took first and second place. Sebastian Vettel took Kimi Raikkonen 0.270 seconds and Lewis Hamilton 0.287 seconds off. 'I had a good slipstream,' said Vettel, putting his best time into perspective.

In the long runs, the two top teams moved a little closer together. On supersoft tires, Vettel was on average 0.173 seconds faster than Hamilton. Because the five-time season winner flew into the gravel trap in the Parabolica, he had to do without an endurance run on soft tires. Kimi Raikkonen took over the task and was 0.120 seconds slower than the world championship leader. However, the Finn also drove four times the distance. According to the calculation models of the engineers, that means: Raikkonen was two tenths faster.

Red Bull finished the test with the new C-engine from Renault with a positive result. Daniel Ricciardo's lap times indicated progress. That is why Max Verstappen will also switch to the engine on Saturday. The leader of the midfield was like in Spa Force India. In the afternoon, the teams concentrated exclusively on super soft and soft tires. The medium rubbers stayed in the box.

Six things you need to know:

1) Is Ferrari really that superior?

Ferrari and Mercedes are not forever separated, but the trend is clear. Ferrari sets the pace as in Spa. You could see it in the body language. Lewis Hamilton kept his helmet on as he ran up the steps into the tech truck. Team boss Toto Wolff had to admit that Ferrari was back in front. And the engineers let it be known: “We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

On one lap, Vettel was 0.287 seconds faster than his World Cup opponent. The Ferrari driver put this into perspective: “I had a good slipstream on the lap. That's why the big delta between us and Mercedes on the straights. ”In a direct comparison on the Supersoft tires, Vettel achieved an average time of 1.24.924 minutes over a sequence of 8 laps. Hamilton did it10 rounds with a mean of 1.25.097 minutes. In the long run, the distance shrinks.

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Sebastian Vettel was the fastest man in the second training session ahead of Kimi Räikkönen.

Since Vettel had to do without his soft long run because of a slip in the Parabolica, the Mercedes engineers compared Hamilton with Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton was 0.120 seconds faster on average, but the Englishman only covered four laps on the soft mix. Raikkonen did 12 laps, including wear and tear.

2) Where does Ferrari win, where Mercedes?

Ferrari wins on the straights Mercedes four tenths. But be careful: there is slipstream there. For a fair comparison you have to subtract 0.2 seconds. Mercedes admitted, however, that Hamilton also benefited from a slipstream. With him, the time gained was counted as a tenth. Only Valtteri Bottas was always alone on the track. That explains his disproportionate distance to his team captain. Ferrari is also faster than Mercedes in the two Lesmo corners. “In Lesmo 2 they blow us away. We have too much understeer, ”reports team boss Toto Wolff. The reds make up one and a half tenths in this passage. Lesmo 1 goes at 195 km /h, Lesmo 2 at 185 km /h. In contrast, there was a tie in Ascari and Parabolica. In return, Mercedes wins on Ferrari in the slow corners. “Especially in the second chicane,” explains Vettel. Wolff is surprised: “In Spa we were worse in the slow corners. Here it's the other way round. ”

3) Why did Vettel take off from Parabolica?

Vettel had two explanations for his spin in the last corner. “I wanted too much. And I got turbulence from the car in front. ”The slip, in which the rear wing of the Ferrari was slightly damaged, cost Vettel almost 19 minutes of repair time. Ferrari had to call off the planned long run on soft tires.

4) What can the new Renault engine do?

Thumbs up at Red Bull. Renault's new engine specification, known internally as the C-engine, brings more than Red Bull expected. The engineerscalculated an advance of one and a half to two tenths. That's why the new engine will also be installed in Max Verstappen's car on Saturday. Nevertheless, Red Bull only remains third on the fastest track on the calendar. 'In qualifying we lose a second on Ferrari,' fears Motorsport Director Helmut Marko. As usual, things look better in the long runs. 'We are within reach of Bottas,' noted Marko. Thanks to mini-wings, Red Bull can keep up surprisingly well with Ferrari and Mercedes in the first sector. 'We'll pay for it in Sectors 2 and 3.'

5) Who is number 4 in the field?

Force India is in the pursuit field Sound on. And Sergio Perez more than Esteban Ocon. On one lap the two separated only 12 thousandths. In the supersoft long run, Perez took five tenths off his teammate, and three tenths on the racing simulation with soft rubbers. “Sergio is always particularly strong at Monza. He has a better grip on the tires over the distance, ”said technical director Andy Green. HaasF1 and Renault fought a close race behind Force India. Nico Hülkenberg was ahead on the supersoft tires, and the two HaasF1 drivers on the soft tires. Renault Operations Manager Alan Permane warned: “The Grosjean long run was better than it looks. HaasF1 turned the engine down a lot. ”Despite the power track, Toro Rosso also kept up surprisingly well. Pierre Gasly was in the range of Renault and HaasF1. However, on Friday, Honda always drives its engines with a little more power than the competition. Another tragedy is McLaren. Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne were on a lap and in the long run, just like in Spa, behind the two Williams.

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Sergio Perez was the one who set the tone at Force India that morning.

6) How did Marcus Ericsson's accident happen?

The end of the Monza home straight. There you brake from top speed to 75 km /h. 40 years ago, the approach to this bottleneck was the scene of a wild start-up collision that cost Ronnie Peterson his life a day later. This time, too, a Swedish took care of itRacing driver for a moment of shock. Marcus Ericsson came off the road all by himself at 325 km /h. When braking into the first chicane, the Sauber suddenly swerved to the left and performed several somersaults. The reason was quickly found. He could not be denied based on the TV recordings. The DRS did not work when closed. The fault was obviously a too weak return spring for the special Monza flap. The triple rollover from Ericsson measured a delay of 24 g. The Swede got off lightly. On Saturday, the neck muscles will remind him of the crash. Physio Jo Leberer is about to work a night shift.

In our photo show we have all the pictures of the Ericsson crash and the highlights from Friday in Monza.

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