FORMULA ONE remains in Italy this week for an extra special 1000th Grand Prix.
For the first time this season, spectators will be allowed into the track to watch on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton looks to bounce back from the disappointment of Monza.
Follow all the latest build-up to the big race below…
VETTEL NOW SPINS
I repeat, that Ferrari, when the drivers try to push them to the limit, well, it just chews them up and spits them out. Dare I say this, but it looks dangerous to drive.
30 MINUTES TO GO
Bottas is looking good here. Then Hamilton.
The Verstappen ahead of Alex Albon . But those four are separated by a second.
BOTTAS GOES QUICKER STILL
He has now gone even quicker, a time of 1:16.989 -sunning lap that. 0.207seconds quicker than Hamilton.
ACTION IS BACK ON
After a brief delay, the track is open again.
It is Bottas, Ricciardo, Perez, Verstappen, Hamilton at the top of the timesheets.
Dare I say it, Hamilton has not nailed this track yet…
NORRIS IS OFF AT TURN 3 – RED FLAG
He is OK but that was a nervy moment for the Brit. He says “Ah, I crashed…I cannot make it back.”
His front left wheel fractionally touched the gravel, he tried to correct it but was sent into a slide.
He skidded across the track and it to the barriers, losing his front wing in the process.
The marshals will need to clear up the debris and the stones he set flying.
FERRARI EARLY PACE HAS GONE
After doing OK in FP1, the Italian team are now back in midfield, with Vettel currently only 11th quickest.
Leclerc, who was third in FP1, is now in P18.
Both drivers are visibly struggling with the car. Vettel is wrestling it around the track.
GOOD STUFF FROM BOTTAS
The Mercedes man is currently 0.284 seconds ahead of Verstappen, who is second.
Hamilton is in third. Lando Norris in fourth.
The Finn could do with beating his teammate this weekend. He is 47 points behind in the championship.
MORE CONCERNS FOR LECLERC
He is sent into a slide after getting caught up behind an Alfa Romeo.
But worryingly, just as in the last race in Monza that resulted in a big crash, he lost the rear of the car midcorner.
It shows just how difficult that SF1,000 car is to drive. No fun at all.
FANS BACK AT THIS RACE
FORMULA ONE welcomed back fans, as the doors to practice for the Tuscan Grand Prix were opened to spectators.
Unlike the opening eight races to this 2020 season, this event has seen a relaxation to the COVID-19 controls.
The circuit in Mugello has allocated 2,880 seat per day to punters who were lucky enough to get tickets.
Unsurprisingly, the event to mark Ferrari's 1,000th race quickly sold out, with tickets now being sold for over £500.
However, some fans managed to sneak a peek of the action from vantage points around the circuit.
OK WE ARE NOW OFF
A host of cars, including McLaren's Lando Norris and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo are out on track.
Conditions good. Track temp still 44 degrees
FP2 IS GO
The green light is illuminated in the pitlane and it is time for second practice.
Nobody is out yet.
FANS IN THE STANDS
Supporters have been allowed into the grandstands at Mugello.
MICHAEL BATTLES ON
Michael Schumacher’s former F1 boss, Jean Todt, says he has been to visit the stricken F1 star.
The seven-time world champion hit his head in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.
Todt said: “My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.
“But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.
“All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”
HILLS ARE ALIVE
Some incredible scenery at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany.
Here are the results from FP1.
FP1 IS DONE
Bottas leads the way from Verstappen.
Leclerc a surprise in third place in the timesheets.
Hamilton in fourth.
Gasly, who won last out in Monza continues his speed and is fifth quickest.
SPIN FOR LATIFI
The Williams man gets it all wrong and spins, but he's stayed out of the barriers and has got going again.
A LITTLE OVER 15 MINUTES TO GO
And good news, Ferrari fans.
It is not AS bad as expected. Leclerc is currently in third place. Vettel still in 13th. But that is still an improvement on Monza and Spa.
So perhaps being-not-so-bad is reason to celebrate the team's 1,000th GP.
TRACK TEMP HITS 42 DEGREES
It might be September but it is warming up on the track.
Those tyres, the softs especially, what with the high speed turns, well, their life span is going to be fairly short.
I'd like this to be a two-stop race, but given that overtaking looks unlikely, I am guessing the teams will be looking to use a combination of the medium and hard compounds to try and make it a one-stopper.
NEW MUGELLO LAP RECORD
Lewis Hamilton sets a time of 1:18.186
And now Bottas has gone quicker still 1:17.879
WILLIAMS HAVE BEEN FIND €800
Nicholas Latifi has been speeding in the pitlane. He was 7.4km/h over the speed limit, set at 80 km/h.
WHAT A MEGA CIRCUIT
I know I keep on banging on about it, but these high speed corners are beautiful. Drivers pulling over 5G through a succession of turns. Incredible.
ALL DRIVERS GETTING PLENTY OF LAPS IN
As expected, with this being such an unknown circuit, there have been plenty of laps put in already this morning. Most cars well in to double figures, apart from Lance Stroll (4) and Grosjean (8).
TICKING DOWN TO THE TRACK RECORD
Since Bottas's first crack in the 1.20s we have already sliced into that lap time.
Verstappen is currently top of the time sheets on 1:19.017
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