Hamilton sets pace in first Monza session

By on Friday, September 5, 2014
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Lewis Hamilton set a commanding pace during the first practice session for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Hamilton moved to the front of the pack with 20 minutes of the session remaining and consequently lowered his time to a 1:26.187, over six-tenths of a second faster than nearest rival Jenson Button.

Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, eight-tenths behind team-mate and title rival Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso was the only other driver to get within a second of Hamilton’s time as he placed fourth ahead of Ferrari’s home race.

Kevin Magnussen ended the session in fifth place, although he had a minor scare when his headrest came loose and he had to tour back slowly to the pits.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was sixth quickest for Red Bull, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen and the Force India of Sergio Pérez, whose car squirmed under braking for Ascari, forcing him to bounce through the gravel.

Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the top 10, with Esteban Gutierrez and the Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa close behind.

Daniel Ricciardo endured a troublesome session as he was plagued by DRS problems during the initial phase of the session before an engine failure curtailed his running prematurely. Red Bull was set to change his engine at the end of Friday’s running, but will now do so prior to the second session.

It was a session with little action, although a few drivers - most notably Lotus's Pastor Maldonado - locked up under braking for the Rettifilo chicane and had to take to the run-off.

Several reserve drivers received track running during the session; Giedo van der Garde had another outing with Sauber and finished in 15th position while Force India’s Daniel Juncadella participated in the opening 30 minutes in place of regular driver Pérez.

Charles Pic replaced Romain Grosjean at Lotus, while Formula Renault 3.5 frontrunner Roberto Merhi made his Formula 1 debut in place of Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham and finished the session ahead of Marcus Ericsson.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.187
222Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:26.8100.623
36Nico RosbergMercedes1:26.9950.808
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:27.1690.982
520Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:27.2281.041
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:27.2711.084
77Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:27.4931.306
811Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:27.6871.500
926Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:27.7411.554
1027Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:28.1121.925
1121Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:28.1141.927
1277Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:28.1481.961
1319Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:28.1501.963
1425Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:28.3002.113
1536Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:28.4292.242
163Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:28.4872.300
1734Daniel JuncadellaForce India-Mercedes1:29.1923.005
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:29.5123.325
194Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:30.0173.830
2017Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:30.0813.894
2130Charles PicLotus-Renault1:30.1253.938
2245Roberto MerhiCaterham-Renault1:30.7044.517
239Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:30.9484.761

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