The FIA WEC is racing at Monza for the first time this weekend. In GTE Pro, Ferrari appeared well prepared for its maiden home race, posting the fastest and second-fastest times in Monza FP1.
The first practice session once again showed how well the FIA WEC balance of performance system works: Only a second separated all competitors in each of the four classes. The Italian circuit should offer plenty of excitement, as fans return to the grandstands for the first time in almost 18 months.
In the LMH class, the pair of Toyota GR010 Hybrids were just over a tenth quicker than the #36 Alpine. Glickenhaus – making its first appearance with a two-car entry – also posted some encouraging times around six tenths off the Toyota pace.
The LMP2 class is the largest field of the weekend, and once again it was front-runners United Autosports with the quickest time of the session. Racing Team Nederland were second-quickest.
In GTE Pro, Ferrari showed that they mean business at their home circuit. The pair of 488 GTE EVOs were half a second faster than the pair of works Porsches ahead of what is likely to be a fascinating duel.
Porsche got its own back in GTE Am as the #56 Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR-19 pipped the Prancing Horses of Iron Lynx and AF Corse for the fastest session time.
A full list of all the times and finishing positions from Monza FP1 is available here.
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