F1 »

F1 Italian GP: Hamilton back on top as Mercedes stays clear

Lewis Hamilton replaces Nico Rosberg at the top of the Italian Grand Prix timesheets at Monza, ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull.
ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - Free practice results (2)

Lewis Hamilton has ended the first day of Italian Grand Prix action at Monza with the fastest time after topping second free practice in another Mercedes 1-2.

Having trailed Nico Rosberg in the morning, Hamilton – despite more off-track moments under braking at the Roggia chicane - headed up FP2 with a 1min 22.801secs lap, a tenth quicker than his team-mate and title rival managed earlier in the day.

After enjoying a plus-second advantage over the opposition in FP1, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari were able to reduce this to four tenths in the afternoon, with Kimi Raikkonen confirming the Scuderia's solid pace with the fourth best lap.

OBRIGADO FELIPE: Felipe Massa announces he will retire from F1 this year

Red Bull held down fifth and sixth, Max Verstappen leading Daniel Ricciardo, albeit around a second off the ultimate pace.

Despite a brief technical scare that resulted in his car being wheeled back into the garage, Fernando Alonso ended his day an eye-catching seventh fastest, the McLaren-Honda driver confirming the recent strides made as he emerged just two tenths behind Ricciardo and ahead of leading Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

ITALIAN GP: 6 Things to WATCH out for in Monza

Romain Grosjean made it two top ten results with ninth for Haas, while Jenson Button completed an unlikely double top ten for McLaren-Honda.

Elsewhere, Toro Rosso's tough weekend continued with Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat down in 17th and 20th, behind the Manor's of Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon in 16th and 18th, though the latter did stop on track with technical problems.

SPEED DEMONS: The fastest F1 circuits on the planet


Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
02.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
29.09.2016 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
29.09.2016 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
29.09.2016 - Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
29.09.2016 - Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
29.09.2016 - Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
29.09.2016 - Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
29.09.2016 - Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Jean Alesi (FRA)
29.09.2016 - Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
29.09.2016 - Press conference, (L-R) Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
29.09.2016 - Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
29.09.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
29.09.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
29.09.2016 - Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
29.09.2016 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
29.09.2016 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
29.09.2016 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
29.09.2016 - Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.