Hamilton stays ahead at drying Monza

By on Saturday, September 5, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton topped a wet/dry final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Overnight rain drenched the circuit and there was minimal running for the first half of the session, as only a handful of drivers ventured out on Intermediate tyres.

Once the circuit dried there was frantic activity and Hamilton clocked a 1:24.544 to finish 0.264s clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg was close behind in third, while Williams collected fourth and fifth cortes of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

Pastor Maldonado hauled himself up to sixth for Lotus, ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, Sergio Pérez, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean.

Felipe Nasr was 11th, ahead of Nico Hülkenberg and McLaren pair Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, with the latter complaining of his car pulling to the left under braking.

Will Stevens finished 15th for Manor Marussia while it was a lowly session for the Renault-powered cars.

Max Verstappen was 16th, ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr., with Manor Marussia’s Roberto Merhi in 19th.

Daniel Ricciardo stopped on track due to a suspected technical problem having completed only seven laps.

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