F1 Tuscan Grand Prix practice LIVE: Follow all the very latest ahead of the big race on Sunday

FORMULA ONE is in Italy this week for an extra special 1000th Grand Prix.

For the first time this season, spectators have been allowed into the track to watch on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton looks to bounce back from the disappointment of Monza.

Follow all the latest build-up to the big race below…

  • LEW BEAUTY

    Lewis Hamilton has said he needs to improve his driving.

    He said: “Today I was just trying to get a clean gap in front of me to focus on improving my driving.

    “There’s not a huge amount of changes I need to do to the car at the moment, because when you’re experienced as a racing driver, you know there are times where there’s no point changing the car because you’re not driving it well enough.

    “So you’ve got to get to the point where you’re at the limit, and then you can tweak it. There are areas where I’ve got to make a big change, but I’ll do that tonight and hopefully improve for tomorrow.

    “I mean, I’m trying to push it to the limit, but there are sections… like the last sector [where he was fastest] obviously, I’ve got that sorted. I’m pretty happy with that, but the first and second sector are a little bit weak for me. Particularly the first sector. So there’s plenty to come from that section – as you’ve seen, Max and Valtteri are very quick through there.”

  • SCHUMI'S BATTLE

    MichaeI Schumacher is “fighting” to recover six years on from the horror ski accident that left him with a severe brain injury, his ex-boss at Ferrari revealed.

    Best pal Jean Todt, 74, is among just a handful of visitors to see the 51-year-old — who is being cared for in Switzerland by his wife Corinna and their two children Gina-Marie and Mick.

    Frenchman Todt oversaw five of Schumacher's seven titles when he was team principal for Ferrari.

    He said: “I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

    “My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

    “But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

    “All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”

  • FAN FRENZY

    Formula One welcomed back fans, as the doors to Friday's practice for the Tuscan Grand Prix were opened to spectators.

    Unlike the opening eight races to this 2020 season, this event has seen a relaxation to the Covid-19 controls.

    The circuit in Mugello has allocated 2,880 seats per day to punters who were lucky enough to get tickets.

    Unsurprisingly, the event to mark Ferrari's 1,000th race quickly sold out, with tickets now being sold for over £500.

    However, some fans managed to sneak a peek of the action from vantage points around the circuit.

  • HERE'S THE RESULTS

    Unsurprisingly it looks good for Mercedes in Mugello after the first day of practice.

  • FP2 IS DONE

    And it is as you were at the top.

    Bottas tops the session from Hamilton.

    The Verstappen again finishing as best of the rest. This order has been like this for some time now, but Alex Albon will be pleased to be in fourth spot in the time sheets.

    Then comes the two Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon as the team continue their upward trend that will see them pass Ferrarin in the championship table.

    And what of the Italian team? They were beaten by Kimi Raikkonen's time set in an Alfa Romeo and Leclerc was only 10th quickest.

    Vettel? Down in 12th as the early pace in FP1 failed to materialise.

  • PEREZ HAS JUST FAILED HIS ALFA ROMEO AUDITION – RED FLAG

    The Mexican has been dumped by Racing Point and searching for options for 2021 of which there are two seats in F1.

    One at the aforementioned Haas. The other with Alfa Romeo.

    Well, he's just crashed in to Kimi Raikkonen on exiting the pits. A silly mistake as Perez obviously never saw the Finn.

    Raikkonen is punted off track and into the gravel. He comes back on but spreads the stones everywhere, so again, the session is stopped while the marshals tidy up.

  • A WORD ON HAAS

    F1's most anonymous team are doing their best to once again disappear.

    Kevin Magnussen is in 19th and his teammate, Romain Grosjean, is dead last.

    The UK-based American-owned team need a huge improvement.

  • VETTEL NOW SPINS

    I repeat, that Ferrari, when the drivers try to push them to the limit, well, it just chews them up and spits them out. Dare I say this, but it looks dangerous to drive.

  • 30 MINUTES TO GO

    Bottas is looking good here. Then Hamilton.

    The Verstappen ahead of Alex Albon . But those four are separated by a second.

  • BOTTAS GOES QUICKER STILL

    He has now gone even quicker, a time of 1:16.989 -sunning lap that. 0.207seconds quicker than Hamilton.

  • ACTION IS BACK ON

    After a brief delay, the track is open again.

    It is Bottas, Ricciardo, Perez, Verstappen, Hamilton at the top of the timesheets.

    Dare I say it, Hamilton has not nailed this track yet…

  • NORRIS IS OFF AT TURN 3 – RED FLAG

    He is OK but that was a nervy moment for the Brit. He says “Ah, I crashed…I cannot make it back.”

    His front left wheel fractionally touched the gravel, he tried to correct it but was sent into a slide.

    He skidded across the track and it to the barriers, losing his front wing in the process.

    The marshals will need to clear up the debris and the stones he set flying.

  • FERRARI EARLY PACE HAS GONE

    After doing OK in FP1, the Italian team are now back in midfield, with Vettel currently only 11th quickest.

    Leclerc, who was third in FP1, is now in P18.

    Both drivers are visibly struggling with the car. Vettel is wrestling it around the track.

  • GOOD STUFF FROM BOTTAS

    The Mercedes man is currently 0.284 seconds ahead of Verstappen, who is second.

    Hamilton is in third. Lando Norris in fourth.

    The Finn could do with beating his teammate this weekend. He is 47 points behind in the championship.

  • MORE CONCERNS FOR LECLERC

    He is sent into a slide after getting caught up behind an Alfa Romeo.

    But worryingly, just as in the last race in Monza that resulted in a big crash, he lost the rear of the car midcorner.

    It shows just how difficult that SF1,000 car is to drive. No fun at all.

  • FANS BACK AT THIS RACE

    FORMULA ONE welcomed back fans, as the doors to practice for the Tuscan Grand Prix were opened to spectators.

    Unlike the opening eight races to this 2020 season, this event has seen a relaxation to the COVID-19 controls.

    The circuit in Mugello has allocated 2,880 seat per day to punters who were lucky enough to get tickets.

    Unsurprisingly, the event to mark Ferrari's 1,000th race quickly sold out, with tickets now being sold for over £500.

    However, some fans managed to sneak a peek of the action from vantage points around the circuit.

  • OK WE ARE NOW OFF

    A host of cars, including McLaren's Lando Norris and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo are out on track.

    Conditions good. Track temp still 44 degrees

  • FP2 IS GO

    The green light is illuminated in the pitlane and it is time for second practice.

    Nobody is out yet.

  • FANS IN THE STANDS

    Supporters have been allowed into the grandstands at Mugello.

  • MICHAEL BATTLES ON

    Michael Schumacher’s former F1 boss, Jean Todt, says he has been to visit the stricken F1 star.

    The seven-time world champion hit his head in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.

    Todt said: “My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

    “But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

    “All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it.”

  • HILLS ARE ALIVE

    Some incredible scenery at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany.

  • LAP TIMES

    Here are the results from FP1.

  • FP1 IS DONE

    Bottas leads the way from Verstappen.

    Leclerc a surprise in third place in the timesheets.

    Hamilton in fourth.

    Gasly, who won last out in Monza continues his speed and is fifth quickest.

  • SPIN FOR LATIFI

    The Williams man gets it all wrong and spins, but he's stayed out of the barriers and has got going again.

  • FULL GAS

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