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F1 Italian Grand Prix: Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz fastest ahead of Max Verstappen in Friday practice

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Carlos Sainz is fastest for home favorites Ferrari in Italian Grand Prix Friday practice for Max Verstappen…

  • Carlos Sainz was fastest for Ferrari in Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix
  • Spaniard defeated championship leader Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc
  • Both will receive a grid penalty for the race at Monza on Sunday
  • Lewis Hamilton finished only seventh for Mercedes and also has a grid penalty
  • Teams stood in minute’s silence in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing

There was a minute of silence for the Queen and the shows continued. When practice began, it was Ferrari leading the way ahead of the Italian president’s visit to Monza on Sunday.

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell stood next to Formula 1 bosses Stefano Domenicali and Mohammed ben Sulayem, while silence was observed in the pit lane.

Staff from the 10 teams – seven of which are based in the UK – gathered outside their garages as a giant black and white image of the Queen was beamed onto the stage.

Carlos Sainz was fastest for Ferrari in Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix

The Spaniard (above) just got championship leader Max Verstappen at Monza.  expelled

The Spaniard (above) just got championship leader Max Verstappen at Monza. expelled

Whether the usual sparkling wine will be sprayed is still up for debate.

Most of the 125,000 expected crowd hopes it will be a Ferrari man on the top step.

There is a decent chance of that after Carlos Sainz set the fastest time in Friday practice, but the Scuderia have not won a win in the last four races as Max Verstappen has galloped to victory in all races and is 109 points away from his nearest challenger Sainz’ teammate Charles Leclerc, who set the pace in the first session.

Lewis Hamilton (right) and George Russell lead the silence for Queen Elizabeth's death

Lewis Hamilton (right) and George Russell lead the silence for Queen Elizabeth’s death

Hamilton was seventh fastest and that is not the end of his misery. He will move to the back of the grid to take on a fourth engine.

Verstappen and Sainz are also relegated. The world champion has a new combustion engine in his power source and goes down five slots.

Sainz has a plethora of engine changes and is destined to start further down the order with Hamilton.

Verstappen (above) and Sainz will both take grid penalties ahead of Sunday's race

Verstappen (above) and Sainz will both take grid penalties ahead of Sunday’s race

The seven-time world champion, who received his MBE from the Queen in 2009, paid tribute to the late monarch, saying: ‘Since yesterday’s sad news, I’ve been reflecting on her incredible life. “She was a symbol of hope and served her country with dignity, dedication and kindness.

“She was truly like no other and I am grateful to have lived in her time. I had the incredible honor of being able to spend time with her. It’s something I will never forget.

“We talked about our shared love for dogs and she was incredibly generous with her time.

“I know the entire nation and others around the world will mourn her loss. My thoughts are with her family and all those close to her who have lost a loved one. Rest in peace.’

Charles Leclerc was fastest on the grid in first practice for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc was fastest on the grid in first practice for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix

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