McLaren man Lewis Hamilton enjoyed two 'good practice sessions' Friday ahead of this Sunday's F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
Hamilton was third this morning in first practice and he then maintained that momentum this afternoon, finishing the day fourth overall on a 1 minute 23.154 seconds, just three tenths off Sebastian Vettel, who was quickest for Red Bull Racing.
Speaking at the end of the day, Hamilton confirmed that he and team-mate, Jenson Button had been using different downforce packages in FP2 and that the squad will now study the data tonight to work out what direction to go in over the rest of the weekend.
"We had two good practice sessions today. This morning, in P1, we ran with the higher-downforce package, and the car felt good, but it wasn't as fast along the straights as we've experienced in the past," Hamilton said.
"During P2, I was using a different downforce package to Jenson – running with a lower-downforce rear wing and without the F-duct – so we need to go through all the data tonight to decide which approach works best. Both configurations were quick, so we're not in a bad position.
"The two different packages felt fairly similar – one is slower down the straights but quicker through the corners, and the other is quicker down the straights but slower through the corners – and they pretty much balance themselves out over the course of a lap.
"As I say, we haven't yet decided what to run tomorrow; it's about determining which is better on high fuel, and whether there's more potential in one over the other. We'll decide this evening."
Jenson Button meanwhile also had a good day, setting the pace in FP1 and then posting the fifth best time in FP2, a 1m 23.210s, which was just 0.056 seconds slower than the sister car.
"Lewis and I were trying out different levels of downforce today – gathering data to see what works best around here. I stayed with the F-duct and higher-downforce package, and was reasonably happy," Button continued. "We have a lot of data to go through now, so it will be a busy night tonight.