Italian GP: Hamilton edges Rosberg at Monza

    Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ended up third and sixth, split by the Mercedes-powered Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

    Published On Sep 04, 2015 10:43:00 PM


    Italian GP: Hamilton edges Rosberg at Monza

    Lewis Hamilton held the edge over Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg as their team showed utter dominance during Italian Grand Prix practice at Monza.

    Although the gap from the fastest Mercedes time to best-of-the-rest Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari in third came down from the morning's 1.5-second gulf to a less daunting seven tenths, the champion team and its newly upgraded engine remained a class apart.

    Hamilton was three tenths of a second faster than Rosberg by the time they had finished their opening runs on medium tyres.

    It looked like the German might upstage his title rival on softs as he set a quicker pace through the lap's first two sectors when they changed emphasis in the middle of the session.

    But Rosberg lost time on the run through the Parabolica and fell short by 0.021s at the line.

    Ferrari had initially held a crowd-pleasing one-two in the early moments before the Mercedes got up to speed.

    Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ended up third and sixth, split by the Mercedes-powered Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

    The Ferraris were the only non-Mercedes-powered cars in the top 10, as Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado led Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in seventh through 10th places.

    While plenty of drivers visited chicane escape roads or flirted with track limits misbehaviour, the most attention-grabbing incident came from a Toro Rosso rookie again.

    After Carlos Sainz Jr's high-speed spin into the Parabolica in the morning, it was Max Verstappen's turn in practice two.

    He lost it under braking into the Ascari chicane and flew backwards into the gravel, stopping just before the tyre wall and managing to plough his way out.

    Drivers in mechanical trouble included Daniel Ricciardo, who had to crawl back to the Red Bull pits in first gear due to a hydraulic problem. It was rectified in time for him to rejoin later.

    His team-mate Daniil Kvyat spent most of the session on medium tyres and was slowest as Red Bull - guaranteed tail-end starts as it makes a double engine change on both cars - opted out of trying for low-fuel times.

    Kvyat was slower even than Jenson Button, who managed only three laps before McLaren summoned him into the pits with a technical worry.


    1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m24.279s27
    2Nico RosbergMercedes0.021s35
    3Sebastian VettelFerrari0.759s36
    4Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes0.999s34
    5Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1.046s43
    6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1.101s39
    7Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1.218s41
    8Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1.234s41
    9Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1.368s34
    10Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1.612s31
    11Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1.835s30
    12Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1.854s32
    13Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1.943s27
    14Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault2.175s38
    15Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault2.362s50
    16Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda2.687s31
    17Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari3.922s29
    18Roberto MerhiMarussia/Ferrari4.160s27
    19Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda4.192s3
    20Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault4.444s28


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