Italian GP: Massa tops final practice washout

Third and final Formula 1 practice for the Italian Grand Prix was a near-total washout, with just a few drivers completing timed laps.

Italian GP: Massa tops final practice washout
Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India VJM10
 The Mercedes AMG F1 Safety Car
 Eric Boullier, Racing Director, McLaren, in the wet pit lane
 Channel 4 TV presenter Lee McKenzie in the wet pitlane
 Rain in the pit lane
 Red light in the pits
 The wet track at the Ascari chacane
 Rain on the nose of a Haas F1 Team VF-17

Rain did not arrive as expected on Friday, but showers overnight were followed by heavier rain on Saturday morning at Monza.

F1 race director Charlie Whiting then delayed the start of F1 practice "indefinitely" as the risk of aquaplaning was "high".

The clock continued to run down as there has to be a two-hour gap between the end of FP3 and the start of qualifying.

The safety car headed out several times in the one-hour session to assess the track and at just past the halfway point deemed the conditions had improved.

The session started with 16 minutes remaining, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo the first driver to head out to brave the puddles on a set of full wet Pirelli tyres.

All drivers apart headed out to assess the track conditions, but only seven drivers completed timed laps.

The conditions remained treacherous, with Toro Rosso duo Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat locking up on the run to the first corner and missing the first chicane.

Sainz completed the most running, but that still only totalled five laps while Felipe Massa topped the times with a 1m40.660s.

No driver was willing to push hard and the conditions meant teams were unable to carry out qualifying simulations as usual.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 brazil Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 4 1'40.660  
2 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 4 1'40.888 0.228
3 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 4 1'41.491 0.831
4 spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Renault 5 1'41.515 0.855
5 united_kingdom Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault 4 1'44.369 3.709
6 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 3 1'44.701 4.041
7 russia Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Renault 4 1'45.033 4.373
8 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 1    
9 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 1    
10 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 3    
11 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 4    
12 spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda 2    
13 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Honda 4    
14 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 1    
15 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 1    
16 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 2    
17 germany Pascal Wehrlein  Sauber Ferrari 2    
18 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 1    
19 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 1    
20 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 1
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