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Lewis Hamilton has swept the board on the first day of action for the Italian Grand Prix as Mercedes once again exercised its advantage over the chasing pack at Monza.

With Mercedes making full use of its upgraded power unit around the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar, it was once again comfortably clear of the competition.

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Even so, there was otherwise little to choose between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on their soft tyre run, with the defending champion getting the nod by just 0.021s.

Though closer than in FP1, Sebastian Vettel was still a distant third for Ferrari, almost eight tenths adrift as the Scuderia appear to have little answer to the strength of the championship-leading team. Furthermore, with Kimi Raikkonen in sixth, Ferrari emerged as the only non-Mercedes powered team to make it into the top ten at the end of the session.

After a strong showing in FP1, Force India was once again well in contention in FP2, Sergio Perez this time leading team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, while Lotus lifted itself into contention with Romain Grosjean - despite missing FP1 and running off at Ascari - in seventh and Pastor Maldonado eighth. Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completed the top ten in ninth and tenth.

Behind them, Sauber enjoyed a positive session with both Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson competitively on the cusp of the top ten, but it was a tough end to the day for the Renault-powered teams, with Max Verstappen suffering a wild spin at Ascari, while Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat - who will both take penalties - missed a portion of the session with technical issues.

Similarly, Jenson Button saw his session come to an early conclusion when he developed an ERS issue on the McLaren-Honda.