Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in the second practice session for the Italian Grand Prix, while a DRS failure for Marcus Ericsson triggered a spectacular crash.
Vettel was two tenths ahead of both team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton in a busy session following this morning’s damp FP1.
Despite finishing top, Vettel’s session was an untidy one as he appeared to struggle while trying to find a good setup and very nearly ended his session early with a spin at high speed at the Parabolica.
The session was marred by a scary crash involving the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson. Ericsson’s DRS failed on his first timed lap heading into Turn 1 which caused the Swede to spin violently and roll multiple times. Luckily, Ericsson walked away unscathed but the incident caused a twenty-minute red flag delay.
Connected to Ericsson’s rear wing failure, team-mate Charles Leclerc’s session was marred by DRS issues throughout. He managed to finish the session in ninth place despite spending much of the session in the garage.
The Mercedes of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished in third and fourth after gearing much of their session towards running on the soft tyre.
The Red Bulls finished in fifth and sixth with Max Verstappen getting the better of Daniel Ricciardo despite the fact that Ricciardo is running Renault’s new “C” spec engine.
Racing Point Force India continued its strong resurgence following its re-birth as it finished best of the rest with Esteban Ocon in seventh and Sergio Perez in eighth as its car continues to work well in low downforce configuration.
Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10 but is facing a long weekend, carrying a 10-place grid penalty into qualifying and thus is running extremely “skinny” wings in a bid to be competitive in the race.