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Italian Grand Prix 2022

Verstappen "reasonably happy" after Friday practice - Horner

Verstappen finished FP2 second, just losing out to Carlos Sainz Jr at Monza

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says that Max Verstappen is "reasonably happy" after Formula 1 Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

World Champion Verstappen comes in the weekend at Monza on a run of four successive wins which have catapulted him onto the cusp of a second crown.

Monza should suit the Red Bull package given its straight-line speed advantage over the field, yet it was the Ferrari duo who each topped a session - Charles Leclerc FP1 and Carlos Sainz Jr FP2.

Nevertheless, Horner says his star driver was content after two hours' practice.

"We've had a reasonable day," explained Horner to media including RacingNews365.com with Verstappen set for a five place gird drop due to taking a new Internal Combustion Engine.

"We had a reasonable day, and everyone has done their job.

"We tried different downforce levels, and Max has found a balance in the car which he was reasonably satisfied with."

While Verstappen finished fifth and second in the two sessions, teammate Sergio Perez was 14th and sixth - having not been able to use DRS in FP1 following an issue.

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