Italian GP: Max Verstappen fastest in final practice ahead of Mercedes lags ahead of Monza qualifying

Max Verstappen was quickest in Practice 3, edging out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by more than three tenths; Verstappen’s grid penalty for Sunday’s race means plenty of intrigue remains at Monza; watch Italian GP qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 3pm Saturday

Last update: 09/10/22 1:20 p.m.

Max Verstappen was fastest in final practice at Monza

Max Verstappen was quickest in final practice ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix as the world championship leader once again displayed a pace advantage over Ferrari.

The Red Bull driver turned the tide on Ferrari, edging second-placed Charles Leclerc by more than 0.3 seconds after the Italian team dominated both Friday sessions in their home race.

Despite Verstappen’s clear pace advantage, there remains plenty of intrigue at Monza with the Dutchman one of several drivers facing grid penalties for Sunday’s race.

Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez was almost 0.6 seconds behind in third, while Carlos Sainz was slightly further back in fourth.

It was another disappointing session for Mercedes, with George Russell seventh behind Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Lando Norris, while Lewis Hamilton finished 10th.

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