By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline
Published: 10:52 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 12:01 BST, 4 September 2020
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 Italy, 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
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