Hamilton heads Rosberg to top second Monza practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued to set the pace for Mercedes in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Hamilton posted a 1m24.279s on the soft tyres to end Friday fastest, 0.021s clear of his team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg, as Mercedes dominated with its newly upgraded engine.

Rosberg had looked set to trump Hamilton on the softer tyres – going purple in the opening two sectors – only to run wide at Parabolica and spoil his run.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third, seven tenths adrift of Hamilton on the same tyre.

Force India continued its strong start to the weekend, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg fourth and fifth respectively in the Mercedes-powered cars.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari, ahead of Lotus team-mates Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

The two Williams team-mates rounded out the top 10, Valtteri Bottas three tenths clear of Felipe Massa.

Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson used Ferrari’s Spa power unit upgrade to lap 11th and 12th fastest for Sauber.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was 13th, the fastest of the Renault-powered runners, despite a gearbox problem.

Max Verstappen survived a spin at Ascari to end the day 14th for Toro Rosso, ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso lapped just 16th quickest, beating the two Manor Marussias of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.

Jenson Button managed just three laps before a technical problem ended his running in the McLaren-Honda, while Daniil Kvyat propped up the timesheets.

This report first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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