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Sutil puts Force India top in FP2 at Monza

Force India's Adrian Sutil led the way this afternoon in second practice for this Sunday's Italian Grand Prix - and after the Silverstone-based outfit opened its accounts two weeks ago at Spa, the German showed that more points could well be on the way.

Indeed Sutil was one of only two drivers to break the 1 minute 24 second barrier, his best a 1 minute 23.924 seconds. That left him two tenths up on the KERS-powered Renault of Romain Grosjean, with Fernando Alonso third in the other R29.

Lewis Hamilton was the only other runner, like Sutil to post a 1m 23s lap, however he managed it in the opening session (when he was quickest on a 1m 23.936s). In the second session the Englishman didn't fare quite so well, and he ended up down in eleventh.

Heikki Kovalainen kept the McLaren-Mercedes banner flying though, and was fourth in FP2 on a 1m 24.482s, a tenth or so off Alonso. Like his team-mate, Kovalainen was quicker this morning.

BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica rounded out the top five, another two tenths back, with Nick Heidfeld also going well in the sister F1.09. Heidfeld finished FP2 in seventh, leaving Timo Glock's Toyota very much in a BMW sandwich.

Kimi Raikkonen was eighth for Ferrari, having improved from being 10th this morning. His new team-mate, Giancarlo Fisichella was seven tenths slower in the other F60 and that left the Italian at the bottom of the timesheets. He will take some encouragement however, from being 11th overall on the combined times - and significantly ahead of Raikkonen on his first day in the car.

Williams number two driver, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi completed the top ten, followed by Hamilton and Vitantonio Liuzzi, who is of course competing in his first grand prix this weekend since he did the Brazilian GP back in 2007. Liuzzi was around a second off Sutil in the other Force India machine and will want to reduce that deficit on Saturday.

Further down the order, Toyota's Jarno Trulli came in 13th, followed by Mark Webber, Jaime Alguersuari and Rubens Barrichello. The Red Bulls and Brawns were right at the bottom of the times, with Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button both slower than their team-mates and down in 18th and 19th, the former just in front of Nico Rosberg. Button was however tenth on the combined times and that may give him some reason to smile as he looks to defend his increasingly vulnerable looking championship lead.

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September 11, 2009 5:14 PM

More interestingly though, Ferrari have just confirmed Alonso WON'T be driving them in 2010 (just like sensible people have always thought :D), but will be driving there at some point, so that's presumably 2011 then. I'm quite happy with Kimi and Massa for another year at Ferrari, Alonso at Flava's team.


September 11, 2009 6:12 PM

"I think we may lose another one, might even lose two and there's also one or two of the private teams who will find it difficult," Mosley told reporters at Monza.Sounds like 3 car teams will be a reality next years.

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