Hamilton and Vettel set Monza benchmark

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have topped the times in the opening practice sessions for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

McLaren’s Hamilton scored the fastest time of the day, stopping the clocks at 1m23.865s in the first session.

While most runners went fastest in Practice 2 compared to Practice 1, nobody could get near Hamilton’s P1 benchmark.

Championship leader Vettel was on top in the second session, edging Hamilton.

Vettel’s time of 1m24.010s was just good enough to beat Hamilton by 0.036s, and while Hamilton did attempt to oust the German, traffic on his final flying lap kept him in second place.

A promising day transpired for Mercedes hero Michael Schumacher who ended the day in third fastest. In an ever-improving car, Schumacher’s solid P2 time was considerably faster than his 11th place in P1.

Schumacher ended the day ahead of the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. Both the home-town favourites languished in the first session but turned it around for fourth and fifth respectively.

Vettel’s Australian team-mate Mark Webber finished the second faster session in sixth place. He was fourth in the first session.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was seventh in the second session after being second in the first.

Daniel Ricciardo, the other Aussie in the field, suffered from electrical problems in his Hispania Racing machine. He was only able to set seven laps, ending up in last place.

Ricciardo’s efforts were better in the first session, beating team-mate and Gold Coast 600 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi by the barest of margins.

In the damage department, Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi collected the wall at Parabolica in the second session. He emerged uninjured, but could not compete in the rest of the day.

PRACTICE 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.865 18
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.786 0.921 19
3 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:25.231 1.366 25
4 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:25.459 1.594 24
5 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:26.550 2.685 23
6 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:26.625 2.760 20
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.647 2.782 20
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.676 2.811 24
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.694 2.829 28
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:26.696 2.831 15
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:26.699 2.834 21
12 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:26.826 2.961 21
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:26.836 2.971 25
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.996 3.131 29
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:27.365 3.500 25
16 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:27.385 3.520 23
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:27.433 3.568 25
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.492 3.627 24
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:29.539 5.674 10
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1:30.148 6.283 19
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:30.609 6.744 27
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:30.619 6.754 24
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.052 7.187 12
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.899 8.034 22

 

PRACTICE 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:24.010 37
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.046 0.036 21
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.347 0.337 39
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.366 0.356 33
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.433 0.423 31
6 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:24.468 0.458 32
7 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.508 0.498 30
8 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.097 1.087 39
9 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.182 1.172 37
10 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:25.325 1.315 38
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:25.450 1.440 31
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:25.496 1.486 39
13 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.683 1.673 37
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:25.758 1.748 29
15 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:26.202 2.192 36
16 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:26.353 2.343 40
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:28.347 4.337 5
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:28.559 4.549 32
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:28.605 4.595 32
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:28.804 4.794 25
21 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:29.162 5.152 34
22 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:29.184 5.174 29
23 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:29.622 5.612 34
24 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:29.841 5.831 7

 

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