sport news Valtteri Bottas beats Lewis Hamilton to top spot after first practice for the ...

Valtteri Bottas beats Lewis Hamilton to top spot after first practice for the Italian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen crashes his Red Bull car's front wing at iconic Monza track Lewis Hamilton has been pipped to top spot after first practice at Monza The Mercedes driver is looking to extend his big lead in the driver's standings  Max Verstappen suffered a crash and damaged his front wing during the session  The Red Bull driver skidded across the track and crashed into a barrier   Meanwhile, Ferrari were well off the pace with Sebastian Vettel in 19th 

By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline

Published: 10:52 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 12:01 BST, 4 September 2020

8

View
comments

Lewis Hamilton was beaten to top spot by Valtteri Bottas in the first practice session at Monza as the drivers got to grips with the iconic track ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. 

Hamilton dominated from start to finish in Spa last weekend to extend his world championship lead over nearest rival Verstappen, and is looking to pick up from where he left off in Belgium with a win at Monza. 

But it was Mercedes team-mate Bottas who got the better of the six-time world champion during the first practice in , with the Finn clocking in a time of 1:20.703 on Friday morning, two-tenths quicker than the Brit.

Valtteri Bottas got the better of team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top first practice at Monza

Valtteri Bottas got the better of team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top first practice at Monza

The Finn was two-tenths quicker than Hamilton (pictured) as the drivers got used to the track

The Finn was two-tenths quicker than Hamilton (pictured) as the drivers got used to the track

The 31-year-old was nowhere near Hamilton last weekend and will be looking to close the gap

read more from dailymail.....

PREV sport news Dominic Thiem explodes in BIZARRE row with US Open officials over Red Bull can
NEXT sport news Bath 23-27 Wasps: Late penalty try drama gives Lee Blackett's side a lifeline