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Nico Rosberg was fastest in FP2 for the Italian Grand Prix as team-mate Lewis Hamilton missed the majority of the session.

Hamilton had an electronics issue which kept him in the garage for the first hour of running, although a busy final 30 minutes saw him complete 17 laps and set a best time just 0.061s slower than Rosberg as Ferrari pushed Mercedes close.

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Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest and only 0.106s off Rosberg's time, beating team-mate Fernando Alonso by almost a quarter of a second. While Ferrari's pace was encouraging at its home grand prix in front of the Tifosi, the team often shows up well in Friday practice before fading slightly over the rest of the weekend.

Williams started to show more of its hand after a quiet FP1, with Valtteri Bottas fifth quickest - half a second off the pace. He was just 0.004s clear of both Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel as they set identical times in sixth and seventh places respectively.

Kevin Magnussen was eighth in a close session which also saw Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez within 0.9s of the fastest time. All eight Mercedes-powered cars appeared in the top 12 positions on a high-speed circuit which will reward a strong top speed as all the cars run low downforce configurations.

A number of drivers were still struggling with braking difficulties - both Alonso and Button running straight on at Turn 1 when trying to overtake other cars - and Romain Grosjean went off at the first Lesmo early in the session, bouncing through the gravel in his Lotus.

At the bottom of the times, Kamui Kobayashi returned for Caterham for the first time since the Hungarian Grand Prix and was 0.1s faster than team-mate Marcus Ericsson as the team remained slightly off the pace of the Ferrari-powered Marussia.