Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was fastest Friday in practice for this weekend's F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
Vettel went quickest towards the end of the second session, his best lap a 1 minute 22.839 seconds, which left him just 0.076 seconds up on Fernando Alonso, who was 'best of the rest' in his Ferrari.
Felipe Massa meanwhile also went well for the Scuderia and was third, just 0.146 seconds off his team-mate. Massa would almost certainly have joined Vettel and Alonso in the 1 minute 22 second bracket too, had he not had a major moment near the end of the session when he ran wide at the Parabolica and into the gravel. Luckily though he got away with it and the tifosi
will now have every reason to be optimistic tonight about their teams prospects for the fourteenth round in the championship.
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were next up and between them they topped the times for McLaren for much of FP2 until losing out to Vettel and the Ferrari's late on. In the end Hamilton was nine hundredths of a second behind Massa and six hundredths up on Button, all signs that the top three teams could be very evenly matched.
Mark Webber had to be content with sixth, his session ending prematurely due to a loss of water pressure. The Red Bull man was not happy as he missed the final 19 minutes.
Rubens Barrichello recovered from his input shaft failure this morning to fight back and end the day seventh, while his team-mate, Nico Hulkenberg also went well and was ninth, making Renault man Robert Kubica very much the 'meat' in the Williams sandwich.
Nico Rosberg completed the top ten for Mercedes followed by the Force India's of Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Luizzi, Renault's Vitaly Petrov and his team-mate, Michael Schumacher. Schumacher was more than half a second slower than Rosberg.
Of the rest Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi rounded out the top 15, with Sauber duo Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayahshi and then Force India tester, Paul di Resta and Jaime Alguersuari in positions 16 through to 19. di Resta ran only in FP1, before Sutil took over the car for FP2.
At the back, Jarno Trulli was the top 'new team' man in his Lotus, ahead of his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen and the two Virgins, Lucas di Grassi fractionally ahead of Timo Glock. The Hispania's brought up the rear, Bruno Senna in front of Sakon Yamamoto courtesy of his time in FP1. Senna didn't set a time this afternoon and only did 3 laps due to mechanical issues.
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