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Summary

  1. Hamilton leads crushing Mercedes one-two in FP1
  2. Bottas leads the way in FP2 as Vettel finishes third
  3. Vettel leads Hamilton by seven points heading into race 13 of 20
  4. Red Bull drivers to serve grid penalties for engine changes
  5. McLaren of Alonso will take 35-place grid penalty
  6. Get involved: Your alternatives to grid penalties #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right - that's all from us for today.

    Thanks for joining us and for the great suggestions of alternatives punishments to grid penalties.

    By far our favourite was the suggestion of professional drivers having to do a lap in a children's toy car.

    Shout out to Lorraine for this masterpiece. Give that woman a raise.

    Alonso

    We will be back tomorrow from 09:50 BST for final practice...

    See you there.

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    Andrew Benson's second practice report is live.

    Read it here.

    I won't be offended if you fancy switching over to that now...

  4. 'It was supposed to bucket down'

    It isn't remotely sunny at Monza now - however, drivers are still donning their sunglasses - namely Kimi Raikkonen.

    A non-bespectacled Daniel Ricciardo tells Sky Sports he felt "super keen" to get out on track this morning.

    "The car felt pretty good with fuel - we still want to be quick over one lap but the main aim is to do better over long runs.

    "I wouldn't say it was out of reach but podium is the aim. It was supposed to bucket down here today but that hasn't happened so maybe it will do so on Sunday and we can sneak on there!"

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  6. Get Involved - Grid penalties alternatives

    bbcf1

    EchoSevenSeven: Punish the team - deduct manufacturers points; less prize money for the team will shift priorities

    Steg T Dinosaur: Serious: Start from the pit lane with a time penalty. Funny: Make them do the race in their pants

    Sam Harper: Maybe instead of a grid penalty they could dock constructors points? That's what they do in @IndyCar.

  7. Slowest times of P2...

    11. SAI 1.23.150

    12. HUL +1.866

    13. PAL +1.911

    14. PER +1.946

    15. STR +1.997

    16. GRO +2.161

    17. MAG +2.244

    18. KVY +2.847

    19. ERI +3.488

    20. WEH +3.889

  8. Top 10 after second practice...

    1. BOT 1.21.406
    2. HAM +0.056
    3. VET +0.140
    4. RAI +0.398
    5. VER +1.003
    6. RIC +1.346
    7. VAN +1.541
    8. ALO +1.562
    9. OCO +1.571
    10. MAS +1.579
  9. Bottas fastest in FP2

    So that's it for today's second practice session here in Monza.

    Mercedes are looking pretty darn speedy, but they are not a million miles ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

    Stand by for timings...

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    The very efficient marshals remove the Haas from the track in the blink of an eye...

    Plenty of cars now returning to the pits with just over five minutes to go in today's session.

    Both Mercedes are told to box, followed shortly by Daniil Kvyat - his radio message is a little more frantic though....

    "BOX BOX. We have to stop - there is a problem with the car!"

    Its not been a vintage afternoon for the Toro Rossos...

  11. Virtual safety car

    Blimey, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen is off the track at turn nine...

    He has had a pretty epic suspension failure and did really well to not lose control and head straight into a barrier...

  12. Celeb spot!

    ACTUAL JON SNOW AND ACTUAL SER DAVOS ARE IN THE PIT GARAGE....

    (Aka Kit Harrington and Liam Cunningham)

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    A couple of drivers are reporting blisters on their front tyres so Daniel Ricciardo is told to keep an eye on his.

    Meanwhile Nico Hulkenberg has a hydraulic issue and pulls into the Renault garage. He only managed 14 laps today - the fastest of which was a 1.23.272.

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    Hamilton: "My seat is getting very hot"

    Having never driven an F1 car - I know, surprising - I have no idea how this feels, but my Dad has heated seats in his loser cruiser and I HATE them...

    I can only imagine how uncomfortable that would be.

    Lewis Hamilton
  15. Get Involved - #bbcf1

    Alternative forfeits to grid penalties...

    Eden: Why not reward teams who meet certain reliability targets? Financial rewards or extra testing laps?

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    Goodness me - birthday boy Carlos Sainz seems to have had an enormous engine failure - there is bluey-grey smoke pouring out of the rear of his Toro Rosso...

    Bad news for Carlos - great news for the fans at the second chicane who get to have a few selfies with the Spaniard...

    Carlos Sainz
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    Why is Alonso so "meme-able...?"

  19. Get Involved - alternatives to grid penalties

    #bbcf1

    A little while ago we received this tweet.

    Mark Houghton: I would make them do a lap in little tykes car before the race no one would want that humiliation.

    Which provoked the childish BBC Sport elves to do this:

    Fernando Alonso in a little tikes car

    You are all very welcome.

  20. Post update

    Got some long runs going on here. The Red Bulls are racking up the laps - Verstappen's on his 19th of the session and Ricciardo goes through the start line to complete his 16th... Looks like they are both on 10 in a row each.

    Wonder if Ricciardo is still smiling? He has clocked a 1.22.752 so far.

    And out come the Mercedes drivers for their own long runs. They are still quickest with about half an hour to go.