Bottas might have been left disappointed that he couldn’t capitalise on Hamilton’s penalty last weekend to eat into his rival’s championship lead, but he has bounced back in emphatic style in Mugello. Top in both practice sessions on Friday, he nailed his laps and barely put a foot wrong. Hamilton couldn’t match his team mate’s speed today – but does tend to move up a gear on Saturdays.
Lewis Hamilton – FP1: 1:18.409, P4; FP2: 1:17.196, P2
“I have to say, this track is pretty intense – so fast and challenging, it’s amazing to experience. I love it! There’s no time to play around here and it’s one of the most physically demanding that I’ve driven for a while. I’ve been trying to push it to the limit today, but I think there are a few sections where I can improve. I’ve got the last sector pretty sorted, but there’s definitely more to come in the first and second sectors as Valtteri and Max were very quick through there. So, we’ve got some changes that need to be made and studying to do tonight. Hopefully we’ll improve it for tomorrow. The tyres have felt quite strong and have been behaving well, but it’s going to be difficult to look after them through those fast sections, particularly through 6, 7, 8 and 9.”
Valtteri Bottas – FP1: 1:17.879, P1; FP2: 1:16.989, P1
“It’s been a lot of fun today and I’ve