Sebastian Vettel fastest at Monza

Sebasitian Vettel at the Italian Grand Prix

Sebasitian Vettel at the Monza circuit in Italy

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel has set the fastest time at the end of the opening day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The German driver was second fastest in the first session behind McLaren’s Jenson Button before he set a blistering time in the second session, almost beating his first practice time by a second.

Vettel was pleased with his time and confident of a good showing in qualifying.

“It was quite good today,” he said.

“It’s a Friday, so the lap times vary and you don’t know what the fuel loads are, but I’m quite confident. It looks better for us here than it did a year ago. Obviously here is no KERS this year, which helps us.

“We need to be patient and we’ll see the true pace tomorrow.”

Of the championship contenders, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was third and fourth in the two sessions, while Australian Mark Webber finished both sessions in sixth place.

Webber complained of lose of water pressure in the second session.

I lost water pressure in P2 and had to stop the car, which compromised our running a little bit, but we still got some good information today,” he said.

“The car is going pretty well. I have to find a little bit of lap time myself, but the car is performing and I’m quite happy. We’ll see how we go tomorrow, but we’re in the ballpark which is nice. Ferrari look strong as well.”

For Australian television viewers, qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix will be broadcast on ONE HD tonight at 10:30pm (Sydney) and 11.00pm (Melbourne). Check your local guides.

Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time/Retired
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.693
2 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:23.790
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.967
4 Robert Kubica Renault 1:24.120
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:24.129
6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:24.446
7 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:24.512
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.543
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.648
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:24.756
11 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:24.841
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.923
13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:25.292
14 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:25.318
15 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.320
16 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.334
17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:25.897
18 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.772
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:26.898
20 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.956
21 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:27.374
22 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:28.256
23 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:28.516
24 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:29.870

Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time/Retired
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:22.839
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.915
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.061
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.154
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.210
6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:23.415
7 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.708
8 Robert Kubica Renault 1:23.709
9 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:23.852
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:23.857
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:24.181
12 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:24.380
13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:24.407
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:24.448
15 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:24.517
16 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.547
17 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.785
18 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:25.106
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:26.204
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:26.306
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.631
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.676
23 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:29.498
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth No time

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