’s edged Le Hamilton’s Mercedes to set fastest time in a weather-affected second practice at the .

Leclerc, fresh from his maiden win in Belgium, was 0.068 seconds quicker than Hamilton. ’s Sebastian Vettel was third, 0.201secs off the pace.

The second Mercedes of was third, from the s of and Alexander Albon.

Intermittent rain made competitiveness harder to read than usual.

The changeable weather meant that the teams ran their sessions to different timetables, and cramming in their qualifying simulation laps early in the session before the first rain shower, Mercedes preferring to wait until it had passed.

That also meant an off-set in the later race-simulation preparation, on which Mercedes appeared to have an advantage but on which may have been affected by a damper track for the start of their runs.

The second practice session had to be stopped while gravel was removed from the track. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was one of a number of culprits

Nevertheless, the performance pattern of the cars appeared as expected – with having an advantage on a single lap but Mercedes faster over a longer run.

That is exactly the pattern seen in Belgium, where Leclerc took pole by three-quarters of a second, but won the race with a charging Hamilton right on his tail.

Among the top six, there was a notable performance from Albon.

In only his second race for following his promotion from , he was a creditable 0.239secs slower than Verstappen, who will start this weekend from the back of the grid as a result of a penalty for using too many engines.

That is also the case for ’s Pierre Gasly, who was seventh fastest, and ’s Lando Norris, who ended up 18th after missing the first half of the session while fixed an oil leak.

Behind Gasly, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, ’s Daniil Kvyat and the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10.

There were a few spins and off-track moments, but no accidents, unlike the first session, when both Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez had heavy crashes.

Michael Schumacher will never be forgotten by the Ferrari fans at Monza, as proved by this fine piece of body art
Marshals sweep off gravel from the track during the first practice day at Monza
Spectators scramble up the steep banking of a former track to get the best view on the first day of practice at Monza
Perez crashed coming out of the Ascari chicane (Turn 10), Raikkonen ended up in the gravel going into Parabolica (11), and loads of drviers have lost it going into Turn One (Rettifilo Chicane)

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