Hamilton tops final Italian GP practice

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen drives during the sprint session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza, on September 11, 2021, ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: AFP)
MONZA, Italy— Lewis Hamilton topped the times in Saturday's final practice session for the Formula One Italian Grand Prix which was shortened after home hope Carlos Sainz crashed out.اضافة اعلان

Seven-time F1 champion Hamilton posted a best time of one minute 23.246 seconds, 0.222sec ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in a one-two for Mercedes as the Briton prepares for another attempt to bring up a century of Grand Prix victories.

Championship leader Max Verstappen, who is three points ahead of Hamilton in the drivers' standings, finished 0.416sec back in third.

Hamilton has been stuck on 99 wins since taking the British GP at Silverstone in mid-July.

With only two practice sessions available instead of the usual three due to the Sprint format, drivers were off the track for around a quarter of an hour after Ferrari's Sainz hit a wall at the Ascari chicane and span into the middle of the track.

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