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Lewis Hamilton pips Nico Rosberg to first place in Monza FP2 at the Italian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton pips Nico Rosberg to first place in Monza FP2 at the Italian Grand Prix
Sep 2, 2016, 2:40 PM

Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg to the top spot in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Nico Rosberg to the top spot in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s time of 1m22.801s, which was set half an hour into the 90-minute FP2 session as he used the supersoft Pirelli tyres, put him 0.193s clear of Rosberg, who was fasted in the day's earlier FP1 session.

Sebastian Vettel

Behind the Mercedes drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished FP2 in third and fourth for Ferrari, with the German driver 0.453s slower than Hamilton.

Vettel been fastest during the early running on the soft and medium Pirelli tyres before the Mercedes pair usurped him when the field moved onto their qualifying simulations.

The supersoft rubber is estimated to be around 0.5s faster than the soft, but is not expected to last long, which means the soft and medium compounds are likely to be desired tyres to use in the race.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen missed the first part of FP2 as Red Bull fixed a brake problem on his car, but the Dutch driver finished the session in fifth place, one day after Raikkonen described his controversial driving in the last race at Spa as “not correct”. Daniel Ricciardo ended up just under 0.3s slower than Verstappen in sixth.

Fernando Alonso suffered a hydraulic leak at the end of FP1 and the Spaniard missed the first 30 minutes of the afternoon session as a result. He then reported a clutch problem that meant the McLaren mechanics had to push him back down the pitlane shortly after the halfway mark during FP2, but the double world champion eventually managed to put in the seventh fastest time.

Valtteri Bottas ended up eighth for Williams, one spot ahead of Romain Grosjean, who complained of problems with the rear of his Haas F1 on his way to ninth place.

Felipe Massa

Jenson Button rounded out the top ten in the second McLaren, ahead of Felipe Massa, who announced he would retire from F1 at the end of the season in an emotional press conference that took place yesterday. The Brazilian only completed 20 laps in his Williams as the team investigated a mechanical problem for much of the session.

The Force India pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ended up 12th and 13th, with Esteban Gutierrez slotting the second Haas car into P14.

Marcus Ericsson was another driver who missed the first part of FP2, as he had a brake problem that need to be address on his Sauber, but the Swedish driver went on to finish 15th, one place ahead of Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.

Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz finished 17th for Toro Rosso after locking up heavily when entering the pits with 40 minutes of the session remaining.

Esteban Ocon ended up 18th, but the French driver only completed 13 laps after his Manor lost power as he exited Monza’s second chicane and the marshals were forced to push his car off the circuit on the approach to the first Lesmo corner as a result.

Kevin Magnussen returned to the cockpit of his Renault just five days after his enormous accident at Spa that interrupted the Belgian Grand prix and left him with a bruised heal last weekend. The Danish driver was declared fit to compete at Monza and he finished 22nd in FP1 and was 19th fastest in FP2.

Kevin Magnussen

Daniil Kvyat was 20th in the second Toro Rosso, just ahead of Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer, who brought up the rear of the field for Renault.

As the FP2 session was taking place, Bernie Ecclestone announced that Monza had secured a new three-year deal to host the Italian Grand Prix, although the contract has not yet been signed.

Italian Grand Prix FP2 results:

1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1m22.801s, 40 laps

2 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1m22.994s +0.193s, 42 laps

3 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 1m23.254s +0.453s, 33 laps

4 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1m23.427s +0.626s, 28 laps

5 Max Verstappen, Red Bull 1m23.732s +0.931s, 25 laps

6 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 1m24.003s +1.202s, 33 laps

7 Fernando Alonso, McLaren 1m24.259s +1.458s, 24 laps

8 Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1m24.299s +1.498s, 41 laps

9 Romain Grosjean, Haas 1m24.516s +1.715s, 35 laps

10 Jenson Button, McLaren 1m24.549s +1.748s, 28 laps

11 Felipe Massa, Williams 1m24.556s +1.755s, 20 laps

12 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 1m24.587s +1.786s, 40 laps

13 Sergio Perez, Force India 1m24.653s +1.852s, 42 laps

14 Esteban Gutierrez, Haas 1m24.674s +1.873s, 33 laps

15 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 1m24.981s +2.180s, 25 laps

16 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor 1m25.083s +2.282s, 38 laps

17 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 1m25.240s +2.439s, 31 laps

18 Esteban Ocon, Manor 1m25.275s +2.474s, 13 laps

19 Kevin Magnussen, Renault 1m25.555s +2.754s, 39 laps

20 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso 1m25.614s +2.813s, 33 laps

21 Felipe Nasr, Sauber 1m25.643s +2.842s, 31 laps

22 Jolyon Palmer, Renault 1m25.833s +3.032s, 45 laps

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