Monza set to give beleaguered Ferrari more pain as Mercedes dominate

Fri 4 Sep 2020 16.58 BST

Last modified on Sat 5 Sep 2020 04.37 BST. The SF1000, a car named to celebrate Ferrari’s longevity in the sport, will not be one remembered fondly in the pantheon of scarlet machines. Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets for Mercedes in first practice, while Vettel was second to last in 19th and Leclerc 11th. In the past his future might be considered in real jeopardy but there is a sense that Ferrari will stand by their man this time. “It will take some patience and yes, I’m ready to wait,” he said. Ferrari have endured retirements at Monza before but not since 1950 have they had two cars finish outside the top 10 on a performance basis alone.

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