Sebastian Vettel ensured the Tifosi went home happy on Friday by leading a Ferrari 1-2 in second practice at the Italian Grand Prix.
As the morning rain cleared, the Monza track has dried out sufficiently to allow the drivers out on the slick tyres for the first time this weekend.
There would be early drama, however, as, on his first flying lap, Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his Sauber under braking for the first chicane with the DRS remaining open as well as a possible damp patch on the outside of the circuit.
The Swede would slam into the wall in the left before rolling over several times and coming to a rest luckily with all four wheels still attached and with him climbing out unharmed.
Unsurprisingly, it caused a lengthy red flag with the barriers also requiring repairs and also at Sauber, the DRS problem would also be traced on Charles Leclerc's car, leaving the Monegasque stuck in the garage.
With just over an hour to go, the session would resume finally allowing all the drivers out to complete some meaningful running.
Vettel would head straight out on the Supersoft tyres and would go fastest as the others completed runs on the Soft or Medium compound.
The qualifying simulations would follow but again Mercedes had no answer to the pace of the Prancing Horse's as Vettel lowered the benchmark to a 1m21.105s on the fourth flying lap.
His fifth though would see him lose the rear through Parabolica and gently hit the barrier after sliding through the gravel. The damage was limited to just the rear wing end-fence and he would be back out for the long runs.
Kimi Raikkonen briefly moved to the top before being overhauled by his teammate but would still finish ahead of the two Mercedes' in second.
For Lewis Hamilton, the second chicane was the main issue as he was repeatedly seen putting two wheels just over the kerb into the gravel, compromising his traction out of the corner.
He was still four-tenths clear of Valtteri Bottas in third though, albeit almost three-tenths off the best set by Vettel.
Red Bull's rear wings are even skinnier than in Spa last weekend but despite their solid straight-line speed, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo both remain over a second off the pace in fifth and sixth respectively.
The low-downforce strength of the Force India also continues to shine as Esteban Ocon led Sergio Perez in the 'best of the rest' positions of seventh and eighth.
Once the DRS problems were resolved, Leclerc went out and finished ninth for Sauber with Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10 for Renault.
Much like last weekend in Spa, Haas appears to be hiding their pace for when it matters with Romain Grosjean 11th and Kevin Magnussen 13th.
The gaps are very tight, however, with just over six-tenths covering Ocon in seventh to Lance Stroll in 17th, with Williams partner Sirotkin and the Toro Rosso's ahead.
Bringing up the grid was the two McLaren's as Fernando Alonso led Stoffel Vandoorne by three-tenths of a second on another difficult day for the British team.
A full look at the Practice 2 results can be seen below:
Grosjean vows not to repeat early 2018 m
Verstappen still lacks one major asset t
Brawn has plan to stop top teams gaining
Alonso a 'more complete driver' thanks t
Red Bull insist Verstappen will not be f
Leclerc sets reasonable target for first
Monza plans big renovations for centenar
Ferrari much more of a unit compared to
Bottas: Worrying about Mercedes exit rum
Russell sets midfield goal for Williams
Brawn reveals agreement to help new engi
Ferrari confirm February launch date for
Perez talks up Stroll potential, plays d
18 Thoughts from F1 2018: Are Williams o
Ricciardo: Taking Renault 'to the next l
Norris wants to 'beat Sainz at every rac
Vettel has one problem with Kubica's F1
Pirelli has asked teams to simulate mand
McLaren 'very happy' with Renault, expec
Schumacher chooses Ferrari Academy over
Stroll matched Ocon in the simulator and
Wolff identifies race where he 'felt the
Sainz: McLaren aiming to lead the midfie
Marchionne death was a 'big loss' to Fer
Stewart hails Verstappen and arrival of
Kubica suggests Williams ignored initial
Bottas to contest Arctic Lapland Rally i
Vettel unsure if he'll enjoy same Ferrar
Alonso was 'never on the right team at t
Verstappen: F1 success 'a lot easier' fo
Mercedes had a pace advantage over Ferra
Ecclestone reveals Silverstone bid and f
Bianchi death & personal reasons re-shap
Hamilton had to be reigned in during sup
Norris believes McLaren more focused on
Grosjean: I have same desire to win as A
Verstappen only wanted to make Renault '
Kubica talks up F1 return: 'I know what
Wolff: Leclerc save at Spa vindicates Ha
Mexico GP future plunged into doubt by n
Wolff again raises prospect of future Sc
Sainz feels no pressure replacing Alonso
Hamilton just a 'chink in a chain' at Me
Raikkonen surprised by similarities betw
Renault reveal huge power deficit to eng
Verstappen still peeved by 'unfair' Monz
Hakkinen draws comparison to his early c
Mercedes' 2019 engine not yet hitting pr
Hulkenberg not so interested in comparis
Ecclestone warns against rise of street
Hartley hints Toro Rosso exit was politi
FIA concludes Halo did prevent Alonso's
Ricciardo: Process of making 2019 decisi
Brown: McLaren's 2018 a result of years
Giovinazzi expecting 'tough' start along
Pirelli: Tyres not only to blame for con
Vettel gets Di Montezemolo support: Schu
Ericsson tips - and hopes - Leclerc to '
Magnussen has 'almost forgot' what wins
Red Bull worried of help Ricciardo can g
Ericsson claims F1 is 'artificial' in co
Gasly will give Verstappen the 'hardest
Renault: 2019 potential depends on Red B
Russell wants to work with Kubica to pus
Racing Point will not be Force India's n
Hamilton expecting another title fight w
Ferrari admit possible benefits but want
Verstappen & Leclerc will be F1's new Ha
Schumacher's 2006 retirement left Ferrar
Sirotkin: 2019 Williams seat 'looked qui
Liberty 'trying' for Silverstone deal bu
Vettel would have been F1 champion with
Verstappen hints at 'Plan B' if Red Bull
Ricciardo denies money the cause for fai
Alonso leaving F1 akin to 'Real Madrid w
Gasly & Verstappen a 'good partnership'
Bottas rejects idea of seeking Rosberg a
Leclerc can be the 'incentive' Vettel ne
Todt suggests Verstappen becomes a stewa
Hamilton unscathed from minor crash duri
Perez admits Ocon relationship 'was neve
Red Bull's 2018 season could have been "
Alonso bemoans loss of engine noise in F
Ocon predicts busier 2019 as Mercedes re
Albon: Red Bull program was my only real
Bottas to approach 2019 'like I have not
Force India's new name & 2019 driver num
Force India officially confirm Lance Str
Mick Schumacher amazed by performance of
Norris keen to have 'valuable' Alonso ad
Schumacher 'as we all remember him' and
Ferrari claim the 'real Vettel' was back
Hamilton 'more relieved' after Mercedes
Verstappen admits bold Ocon moves in Abu
Force India rue costly races after faili
Bottas the 'only slight flaw' for Merced
Ricciardo 'confused' by Red Bull pace is
Williams: 'No one in the team' has doubt
Bottas & Vettel sense little difference
Brawn: 'Unacceptable' podium record for