Following an explosive race at Spa-Francorchamps, Formula 1 heads to another classic circuit this weekend for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg appear to have laid now their weapons, but only time will tell whether this peace at Mercedes will last. Both will be gunning to bounce back with a victory at Monza this weekend, and we will get our first inklings of who may be leading the way with practice on Friday morning.
You can watch FP1 live on Live Extra from 4am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.
In a packed press conference on Thursday, both drivers faced the media for the first time since their fall-out at Spa, but many were left disappointed. The situation appears to have been defused by Mercedes – at least on the surface – and both Lewis and Nico said that they were looking ahead and focusing on their title tilt.
It cannot be denied that Mercedes’ internal friction is damaging its championship hopes, but this is all part and parcel of being successful.
FP1 will give us an idea of who should be filling the places behind the Silver Arrows on the podium on Sunday. Williams, McLaren and Force India should run well at Monza by virtue of their Mercedes engines, but also keep an eye out for Red Bull – who has won the last two races – and Ferrari, who will have the impassioned home crowd cheering it on this weekend.
The session sees a number of changes to give the team’s junior drivers a run-out:
Force India Dani Juncadella replaces Sergio Perez (first 30 mins only)
Sauber Giedo van der Garde replaces Adrian Sutil
Caterham Roberto Merhi replaces Kamui Kobayashi
Lotus Charles Pic replaces Romain Grosjean
You can watch all of the action from first practice at Monza on Live Extra from 4am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.