Carlos made a clean getaway from seventh on the grid and moved up to sixth place by the end of lap one. Running long on the Supersoft tyre, he pitted on lap 39, before easing to the flag for his first top ten finish since Hungary.
An Italian Grand Prix of mixed emotions for the team, as Fernando retired from the race after just nine laps. He’d made a strong start and was on course for a potential points-scoring result when he had to stop the car due to a suspected electrical issue.
Despite threats of rain after a wet morning, the final free practice session was run in dry conditions, albeit with patches of damp track at the start. Fernando finished in 17th position, with Stoffel less than one tenth behind him in 18th. The session went smoothly for both drivers, who spent the hour setting up the car for qualifying, preparing for the race and practising using each other’s tow.
After torrential rain and thunderstorms on Friday morning, it was almost a foregone conclusion that running during the first free practice session at the Italian Grand Prix would be affected by the inclement weather.
Belgium’s been and gone and so now the team turns to Italy’s “Temple of Speed”, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which hosts Round 14 of the 2018 Formula One World Championship. Notoriously known for being the home of the “Tifosi”, Monza rarely fails to excite and entertain with its fast track layout and famed corners such as Ascari and Parabolica. Monza also means farewell to our beloved motorhome as Formula One’s European season draws to a close, with Singapore next up on the calendar.