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Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Ferrari fans facing Friday washout at Monza

Torrential rain forecast to disrupt Italian GP practice

Charles Leclerc splashes through the rain in practice in Germany
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Italian Grand Prix practice one
Sky Sports F1, 10am Friday

The Tifosi will flock to Monza this weekend with high hopes of seeing Ferrari win the Italian Grand Prix for the first time since 2010.

But they may have to wait to see their heroes in action if the weather forecast proves accurate.

Torrential rain is expect at the Milanese royal park throughout the first day of scheduled track action. The weather is predicted to gradually improve as the weekend progresses so teams will be unwilling to risk damage to their cars to gather data that will be useless for what is anticipated to be a dry race.

In the most recent wet practice session - the Saturday morning hour in Germany - only nine of the 20 cars set lap times, with Charles Leclerc going fastest for Sauber.

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in first practice in Belgium last week - the first time the German has topped P1 this season - and he is favourite to give Ferrari the start the crowd want to see. But unless the track is dry his odds of 6-4 make no appeal whatsoever.

Vettel trails Lewis Hamilton by 17 points in the championship after his win at Spa and the Ferrari ace is odds-on to close the gap further by following up on Sunday.

Monza is the fastest track of the year and after Vettel powered past Hamilton on the first lap in Belgium the German looks a deserved favourite.

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In the most recent wet practice session - the Saturday morning hour in Germany - only nine of the 20 cars set laptimes
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