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:
Sainz hoping for repeat of 2017 Renault
Perez: Force India results vindicated ad
Hamilton 'a class act' as he goes for fi
Wehrlein joins Mahindra in Formula E for
Renault: Verstappen should blame Red Bul
Renault covering their own lack of pace
Stroll pleased 'bridge hasn't burned' wi
Vandoorne gets confirmed with HWA for Se
Vettel 'a lot like Schumacher' and will
Alonso admits each F1 race is 'more emot
Ricciardo right at home at 'one of the b
Mick Schumacher 'can become one of the g
Mercedes see threats from Honda and aero
Sainz confident McLaren will rebound in
Haas boss Steiner does see capacity for
Webber questions 'long-term' Renault mov
Hamilton calls for 'dynamic' F1 weekends
Leclerc doesn't rule out 2019 F1 title b
Williams is considering Ocon for second
Abiteboul: Renault a victim of Mercedes/
FIA gives green-light to 2019 F1 calenda
Pirelli prepared to allow teams unlimite
Mercedes junior Russell confirmed at Wil
Palmer wants 're-think' of F1 stewarding
Marko 'upset' with Vettel and 'shocked'
Toro Rosso's Tost: Time running out to a
Verstappen reveals Red Bull's sharp resp
Wehrlein refused Formula E offers as he
Mercedes suggests Sochi team order was a
Vettel accepts Mercedes have had it 'too
Ex-F1 driver Coulthard reveals all-femal
Ricciardo admits F1 motivation has 'fluc
Sainz concedes Renault engine gains insu
FIA refute engine sensor claim regarding
Hamilton calls for Vettel 'respect' by m
Vettel to seek private chat with Verstap
Wolff: Only a 'freak' injury could stop
Vettel reaffirms Ferrari commitment afte
Alonso: Suzuka penalty proves 'how bad F
Vietnam to be confirmed on 2020 Formula
Hamilton surprised by sudden Ferrari slu
Gasly unhappy with Toro Rosso strategy a
FIA's Whiting explains why Magnussen avo
Raikkonen: Verstappen incident compromis
Mercedes boss Wolff: Vettel right to att
Alonso enjoyed the fight despite finishi
Ricciardo admits P4 exceeded Red Bull's
Bottas accepts finishing P2 to Hamilton
Leclerc demands answers from stewards af
Verstappen rejects blame for Ferrari inc
Vettel slams Verstappen for coming toget
Hamilton vows 'one step at a time' as fi
Japanese GP: Hamilton eases to lights-to
Alonso: McLaren car the same since Spain
Ocon gets grid penalty for practice red
Hartley thrilled by best F1 qualifying a
Vettel accepts he & Ferrari made tyre ch
Hamilton praises Q3 decision as he reach
Verstappen throws shade at Vettel after
Ricciardo's simple response after Suzuka
Japanese GP: Hamilton claims pole, Vette
Japanese GP: Hamilton remains ahead in d
Japanese GP: Hamilton & Mercedes storm c
Japanese GP: Hamilton takes early advant
Massa: 'Future champion' Leclerc 'more m
Renault: Red Bull playing hardball over
Sirotkin wants to see Williams recovery
Bottas 'feels like a winner' from Sochi
Alonso 'still loves F1' as he enters fin
Arrivabene committed to Ferrari amid Juv
Approaching typhoon could keep Renault &
Bottas 'more disciplined' than Barrichel
Drivers want the 'risk' of DRS zone thro
Vettel insists it's not 'now or never' f
Jos credits improved mental approach for
Leclerc: Bianchi memory makes Suzuka deb
Hamilton's bold idea to improve Sochi: R
Abiteboul: Renault only a 'small factor'
Hamilton hopes 2021 rule changes can rev
Ferrari engine advantage has 'disappeare
FIA consider solution to avoid repeat of
Gasly reveals Vettel conversation helped
Hankook takes next step towards possible
Marko makes stinging Vandoorne claim as
Mercedes boss Wolff: Bottas willing to g
Monaco disappointment led to turnaround
Brawn advises Mick Schumacher of next ca
Hamilton unconvinced by Ferrari's decisi
Kvyat never fully understood Red Bull de
Arrivabene linked with Ferrari exit as E
Toro Rosso claims Honda Spec 3 is ahead
Ocon doubts Force India swap tactic help
Gasly feared injury after debris avoids
Leclerc hails 'great overtake' as key to
Vettel maintain belief in 2018 title hop
Verstappen shocked by pace of Russian GP
Bottas claims Mercedes team order was 'c
Hamilton maintains Vettel defence was ag
Russian GP: Mercedes team orders give Ha
Verstappen sets ambitious championship t