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Lewis Hamilton and Nico RosbergLewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg topped the two Friday practice sessions for the 2014 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. McLaren, Williams and Ferrari appeared to be the greatest competition for the Silver Arrows with speeds reaching up to 217mph on the fastest track in F1.

Hamilton held a comfortable advantage of 6 tenths in practice 1 to take the fastest lap ahead of former team-mate Jenson Button for McLaren. Jenson had led for a majority of the session and managed to hold on to second ahead of the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in 3rd. Ferrari hero Fernando Alonso took 4th fastest ahead of Kevin Magnussen, who underlined McLaren’s potential in 5th.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were 6th and 7th ahead of Sergio Perez for Force India. The Silverstone based team seemed to have a little trouble with the car on a few occasions and had to make a floor change to the Mexican’s car.

Daniil Kvyat was 9th fastest for Toro Rosso; a car that was unquestionably the fastest in a straight line after reaching a high of 217mph. Nico Hulkenberg was 10th.

4 drivers made a practice appearance in the session; Giedo van der Garde for Sauber, Daniel Juncadella for Force India, Charles Pic for Lotus and Roberto Merhi for Caterham (making his F1 weekend debut.)

Practice 1 results: 

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’26.18725
222Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’26.8100.62327
36Nico RosbergMercedes1’26.9950.80826
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’27.1690.98223
520Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’27.2281.04130
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’27.2711.08427
77Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’27.4931.30627
811Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’27.6871.50013
926Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’27.7411.55421
1027Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’28.1121.92523
1121Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’28.1141.92721
1277Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’28.1481.96121
1319Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’28.1501.96320
1425Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’28.3002.11330
1536Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1’28.4292.24219
163Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’28.4872.30012
1734Daniel JuncadellaForce India-Mercedes1’29.1923.00510
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1’29.5123.32524
1942Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’30.0173.83025
2017Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1’30.0813.89427
2130Charles PicLotus-Renault1’30.1253.93823
2245Roberto MerhiCaterham-Renault1’30.7044.51729
239Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’30.9484.76116

nico rosbergNico Rosberg took over the top spot in the second session after team-mate Lewis Hamilton was forced to sit out for an hour with an electrical problem. Hamilton did manage to set the second fastest time and was just a few thousandths shy after being held up on his fastest lap at the Ascari chicane.

Both Ferrari cars showed promising pace in front of their fanatical home fans, with Raikkonen 3rd and Alonso 4th. Valtteri Bottas took 5th, half a second down on Rosberg, with Jenson Button remaining relatively strong in 6th.

Sebastian Vettel took 7th fastest ahead of rookie Magnussen and Felipe Massa. Daniel Ricciardo recovered from an ERS problem in practice 1 to take 10th fastest. Both Force India’s were just outside of the top 10 ahead of Kvyat. Lotus seemed to be struggling massively during the session, with both Grosjean and Maldonado finding it hard to stay on the track at the Lesmo corners and the braking zones.

Kamui Kobayashi returned to the track after being replaced by Andre Lotterer in Spa and Roberto Merhi in practice 1. He will remain in the seat for the rest of the weekend and finished the session ahead of team-mate Ericsson; as had Merhi in practice 1.

Practice 2 results:

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1’26.22541
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’26.2860.06116
37Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’26.3310.10631
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’26.5650.34026
577Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’26.7580.53334
622Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’26.7620.53734
71Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’26.7620.53727
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’26.8810.65644
919Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’26.9350.71033
103Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’26.9920.76737
1111Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’27.0790.85442
1227Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’27.2271.00239
1326Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’27.4761.25137
1421Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’27.8401.61533
1525Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’27.9291.70433
1699Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’28.0291.80435
1717Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1’28.6592.43434
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1’28.7002.47542
194Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’28.7862.56129
208Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’29.0852.86029
2110Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1’29.1782.95332
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’29.2753.05037

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