Faced with growing questions about their involvement in the spying scandal, McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton did a lot of their talking on track at Monza as they dominated the second free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix.

Alonso, who missed much of the morning session with a misfire, went fastest at the midway point with soft-tyre run of 1min 22.386secs, a lap that would not be bettered over the remainder of the 90-minutes.

A comprehensive eight tenths faster than team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the Brit was considerably slower in the second and third sectors, but will at least be encouraged to be well ahead of the Ferraris.

Indeed, while Ferrari dominated the morning session, they looked out of sorts in the afternoon as the track improved, Felipe Massa leading their charge in sixth place 1.3secs behind Alonso. Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile could only manage eighth best when he spent the majority of the session sat on the pit wall as his mechanics attempted to fix a suspected hydraulics problem.

As such, it allowed lesser fancied names to creep into the leading positions, not least Giancarlo Fisichella who, despite experiencing some alarming brake problems that saw him kicking up dust around the circuit, a strong third best for Renault.

Robert Kubica was fourth fastest and completed the most amount of laps at 44, while Nico Rosberg was again featured inside the top five in the leading Williams.

Nick Heidfeld was seventh fastest in the second of the BMWs, the German conducting far more running in the afternoon than he did in the morning, while Heikki Kovalainen and Alex Wurz rounded out the top ten in ninth and tenth with the other Renault and Williams.

Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were, as usual, in tandem this afternoon in 11th and 12th, with the leading Honda and Red Bull entries of Jenson Button and Mark Webber slipping in just behind. Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard maintained the status quo in 15th and 16th.

Takuma Sato proved the best of the Super Aguris, but the team will be concerned that Anthony Davidson could complete no more than six laps when he suffered what is thought to be a gearbox problem. Bringing out the red flags briefly, he was 22nd and slowest.

Sebastian Vettel was once more the best of the Toro Rossos and this time ahead of Adrian Sutil's Spyker, who was otherwise again able to mix it with those previously out of reach in 19th. Vitantonio Liuzzi and Sakon Yamamoto made up 20th and 21st just behind.

 

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