Both Red Bull drivers, Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon, took to the new track first with the latter first out. However, they only ventured out to complete installation laps.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, set the first timed lap around the Tuscan track with 1:22.124 on the hardest tyre compound, this provided the target for the remaining 19 drivers to beat. With this time, it concludes pole position could – potentially – be a sub one minute and 15s lap.
Charles Leclerc smashed out an impressive lap in FP1 as he ended up second fastest behind Verstappen by 0.451s, while we headed towards the halfway point of the session. On the other hand, Sebastian Vettel – who announced will be going to Aston Martin (now Racing Point) for 2021 – was sat in P17 with a lap time of 1:21.264. However, both drivers were driving two different tyre compounds.
With under 20 minutes left of the first session at the Mugello Circuit, Bottas topped the timing boards with 1:17.879, which was 0.048 seconds faster than Verstappen in second. However, Carlos Sainz, had put the most mileage out on the track as he ventured around the track 24 times, a lap more than Bottas.
In the last 10 minutes, double yellow flags were waved for Nicholas Latifi, Williams, after the Canadian spun around on the exit of turn two to give the mundane practice session a splash of excitement.
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)