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Vettel pips Hamilton in Italian GP FP2

Sebastian Vettel was fractionally quicker than Lewis Hamilton in second practice for this weekend's F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel took the honours in second practice for this weekend's F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix - although only by 0.036 seconds.

Vettel posted the best time of the session with around 30 minutes to go, and while it looked like Lewis Hamilton might immediately better that, the Brit was held up by the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari.

Despite that though, Vettel's quickest effort – a 1 minute 24.010 seconds – wasn't good enough to beat Hamilton's top time from FP1, and so the McLaren man concluded the day quickest overall on a 1m 23.865s.

Michael Schumacher meanwhile had a good session for Mercedes and having been eleventh this morning, was third and only three tenths off P2.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa was close behind his former team-mate, while Fernando Alonso came in fifth, with Mark Webber and Jenson Button sixth and seventh respectively, the latter the last man in the 1m 24s bracket.

Further back Sauber duo Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi were eighth and ninth, with the Lotus Renault's of Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov tenth and eleventh.

Force India's Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta kept the two-by-two formation going with P12 and P13, with Alguersuari 14th for STR, ahead of Williams' Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado.

Sebastien Buemi finished down in 17th and managed just 5 laps after crashing at Parabolica in his Toro Rosso.

At the back, Jarno Trulli reclaimed his Team Lotus car from Karun Chandhok and came in 18th, best of the 'new' teams and a couple of tenths up on team-mate, Heikki Kovalainen. Timo Glock was 19th for Virgin and seemed to make the most of the new parts on his car to improve to a 1m 28.804s – two tenths off Kovalainen.

Nico Rosberg was well out of position and only 22nd after KERS issues, followed by Jerome d'Ambrosio and Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo spent most of the session sat in the garage in his HRT and completed just 7 tours.

To see the full times from F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix - Free Practice 2 at Monza: CLICK HERE

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08.09.2011- Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
08.09.2011- Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
26.08.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
29.07.2011 Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
29.07.2011 Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7

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September 09, 2011 5:33 PM

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srdonjuan - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 4:34 PM

Good to see Schumi getting some better times in then we have for a while. I wonder if Spa helped his confidence and they are slowly making some headway with the the Mercedes. Should be a great weekend!

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