Lewis Hamilton says he is still "quite relaxed", despite missing two thirds of second practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was quickest this morning in FP1, 0.808 seconds up Nico Rosberg, who had to settle for third in the sister Mercedes. However this afternoon the Briton was unable to run until the final 30 minutes as his car failed to start up. He also had a similar electronic issue in FP1, but the team solved it then within 5 minutes.

It meant while Rosberg did 41 laps in FP2, Hamilton was limited to just 16, forced to try and squeeze his programme in at the end, although he still posted the second best time, and only 0.061 off Rosberg's.

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Interestingly, he also still ended the day with the best time overall, as his fastest lap in FP1 was quicker than Rosberg's best in FP2. His best lap in FP2 was effected by traffic too.

"It is always difficult, but to be honest I am quite relaxed about it because it is not the first time I have been in this situation and I feel I am well equipped to be able to cope with it," he told reporters at Monza, including Crash.net.

"The guys normally get the car working and I think we will get ourselves in the right place. I will try and understand what Nico learnt from his session and see if I can learn from that too.

"Generally we have quite a similar driving style. There are a couple of differences but generally if you see the overlays they are very similar. There will be places where he has found time today set-up wise. But the team generally tends to work together and when one car goes forward, so does the team."

Asked what the precise issue was in FP2, he replied: "I don't know what the problem was. The car just wouldn't start. They tried it lots of times to start it and she wasn't happy. Then they changed something and it worked. The guys did a great job - they did a great job to get me back out."

"It has gone well today, apart from that issue," he insisted. "I feel good. I felt really good after the first session and I made a small change just now [in FP2]. I went out, but I didn't have a lot of laps but I am glad I got some laps at the end... Tomorrow I just hope I have a full session."

As for how important qualifying will be on Saturday, he added: "I think it is quite an important track to put it up front. It is very difficult to overtake.

"I have not had a good qualifying for eight or seven races now - whatever it is. I hope we can rectify that here this weekend."