Italian GP: Carlos Sainz completes Ferrari practice double at Monza

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The Formula 1 paddock paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner recalls his memories of meeting The Queen, following her passing on Thursday.

Hamilton added: "I'm giving everything out there, it just doesn't feel particularly quick."

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F1, taking place this weekend at Monza, held a minute's silence moments before Friday's first session began, which was impeccably observed by drivers and teams in the pit lane and was followed by a short applause.

"It's a very sombre mood here," he told Sky Sports F1. "Obviously the news of her passing was very sad for everybody, for the whole nation.

There have also been tributes to The Queen on many of the cars, and touching words from the sport's leading figures.

While the top three appeared in a league of their own, Lando Norris produced an impressive performance to take fourth for McLaren ahead of both Mercedes drivers, with fifth-placed George Russell and team-mate Lewis Hamilton split by the Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

"Whenever you think of the UK, you think of the Queen. Wherever we go in the world, she was such an iconic person.

F1 are expected to pay further tribute to The Queen ahead of Sunday's race, and Red Bull boss Christian Horner said there was a "sombre mood" in the paddock on Friday.

"We should be celebrating what she did for our country, the way she represented us and the high standards she had. The response in Monza here this morning was extremely moving."

Charles Leclerc, who had led a Ferrari one-two from Sainz in first practice, was half a tenth further back in third, and looks well positioned to contend for a home victory for the Italian team amid the penalties for his rivals.

The session was interrupted by a red flag around its midway point as a power unit issue caused Mick Schumacher to stop out on track, with the Haas driver having already been rumoured to be likely to join the growing list of drivers taking grid penalties for Sunday's race.

Verstappen has taken his fifth Internal Combustion Engine of the season and so will take a five-place grid penalty, while his Red Bull team-mate Perez is taking a 10-place penalty.

Ferrari's Sainz will drop to the rear of the grid along with Yuki Tsuonda and Lewis Hamilton, with the Mercedes driver's penalty having been confirmed on Thursday.

McLaren's British driver Norris added: "The news is saddening to hear about Queen Elizabeth, sad for the whole of the UK. Condolences to the whole Royal Family for everything that she's given for us Brits."

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has paid tribute to The Queen following her passing at the age of 96 on Thursday.

Sainz's time of 1:21.664 saw him outpace world championship leader Max Verstappen by 0.143s, although both drivers are facing grid penalties in Sunday's race after exceeding their allowance of new parts.

"We started off quite well, but Ferrari and Red Bull have taken a step forwards - or maybe we've taken a step back," said Russell. "We were obviously behind a McLaren in P2 so a bit of work is needed to understand that.


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