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Massa heads the field for Indian second practice

Massa led the way for second practice

Massa led the way for second practice

Felipe Massa put his controversial Ferrari on top of the timesheets for second practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

The Scuderia’s front wing continued to raise eyebrows, scraping off the track surface on occasions during the session. Felipe was 0.088 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel in 2nd.

The other Ferrari driver, Fernando Alonso, was 3rd, followed by Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Jenson Button.

The main event of the session was Jerome D’Ambrosio crashing out at Turn 11. The Belgian lost control at the exit of the corner, and slammed the right-rear end of the car into the barriers.

Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado both had off-course excursions, but both were able to rejoin the session.

Times from Friday practice 2:

 1.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:25.706   	    33
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:25.794   0.088  34
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:25.930   0.224  34
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:26.454   0.748  26
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:26.500   0.794  30
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:26.714   1.008  28
 7.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:27.316   1.610  34
 8.  Bruno Senna           Renault                1:27.498   1.792  36
 9.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:27.853   2.147  35
10.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:27.868   2.162  35
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1:27.890   2.184  37
12.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:28.050   2.344  34
13.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:28.289   2.583  36
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.552   2.846  31
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:28.691   2.985  29
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1:28.708   3.002  24
17.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1:29.332   3.626  39
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1:30.241   4.535  41
19.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:31.098   5.392  38
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1:31.469   5.763  32
21.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:31.804   6.098  28
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1:32.593   6.887  12
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1:32.768   7.062  33
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1:32.824   7.118  33

Hamilton penalised en route to leading India first practice

Hamilton set the fastest time in first practice

Hamilton set the fastest time in first practice

Lewis Hamilton headed the first ever official practice session for the Indian Grand Prix – but suffered a grid penalty in the process.

Hamilton set a flying lap at the very end of the session, putting him half a second ahead of anyone else, but sped through Turn 16 under double-waved yellows, resulting in a penalty from the stewards.

Lewis will be dropped 3 places on the grid, with Sergio Perez receiving the same penalty for the same action.

The red flag was out within minutes of the session beginning, as a stray dog wandered onto the track. Once the session restarted, Karun Chandhok (who will only participate in Practice 1) and Narain Karthikeyan led proceedings.

Pastor Maldonado's stray Williams soon caught out Hamilton and Perez

Pastor Maldonado's stray Williams soon caught out Hamilton and Perez

Fernando Alonso was out of the session early, with the Ferrari losing power. Felipe Massa was handed the Spaniard’s new front wing, which has since caused controversy, as it has been seen vibrating and showering sparks through Turn 4.

Pastor Maldonado pulled over near the end of the session, causing double-waved yellows, which consequently caused Hamilton and Perez’s penalties.

The Red Bulls were 2nd and 3rd, over half a second behind Hamilton. Jenson Button was a further second behind Vettel and Webber, with Michael Schumacher 5th.

Indian drivers Chandhok and Karthikeyan were 19th and 22nd in their respective Lotus and HRT cars.

Times from Friday practice 1:

01.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:26.836    	     22
02.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:27.416   0.580   23
03.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:27.428   0.592   27
04.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:28.394   1.558   23
05.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:28.531   1.695   23
06.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:28.542   1.706   29
07.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:28.644   1.808   22
08.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:28.705   1.869   23
09.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:29.219   2.383   24
10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:29.355   2.519   29
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:29.700   2.864   24
12.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1:29.705   2.869   22
13.  Bruno Senna           Renault                1:29.799   2.963   20
14.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:30.132   3.296   25
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:30.367   3.531   21
16.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:30.566   3.730   19
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1:30.699   3.833   22
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1:30.818   3.982   22
19.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault          1:32.487   5.651   24
20.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1:32.771   5.935   24
21.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1:33.928   7.092   27
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1:34.113   7.277   30
23.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1:35.896   8.960   19
24.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:35.899   9.063    4

Hamilton leads McLaren 1-2 in wet second practice

Hamilton set his time early on in FP2

Hamilton set his time early on in FP2

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button streaked ahead of the opposition in second practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

Both Brits set fast times early on in the session, when the track was at one of its drier points. For much of the 90 minutes, the McLarens were 2 seconds in front of the rest of the field.

Jaime Alguersuari took a risk on the super-soft tyre in the damp conditions, but was hit by Nico Rosberg, the Mercedes sliding wide at Turn 1 and hitting the Toro Rosso. While Rosberg was not given a penalty for his mistake, he was fined €10000 (€5000 suspended) for failing to appear “in a timely manner” to the stewards afterwards.

The field was split between worn intermediates and super-softs – with neither choice working out. Drivers on slicks, such as Sebastien Buemi, spun out, and the intermediates eventually ran out of grip, as Bruno Senna and both Ferrari drivers can attest to.

As no driver could even get near the McLarens, Hamilton and Button ended the session miles in front.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1:50.828          26
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:50.932   0.104   19
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:52.646   1.818   30
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1:52.774   1.946   25
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1:53.049   2.221   27
 6.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:53.402   2.574   25
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1:53.707   2.879   24
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1:53.914   3.086   18
 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:53.948   3.120   27
10.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1:53.957   3.129   32
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1:54.200   3.372   26
12.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1:54.392   3.564   26
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:54.831   4.003   30
14.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1:54.965   4.137   21
15.  Bruno Senna           Renault                1:55.187   4.359   28
16.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1:55.203   4.375   24
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1:55.544   4.716   23
18.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1:56.067   5.239   22
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1:56.669   5.841   20
20.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1:57.173   6.345   19
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1:58.269   7.441   25
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1:59.458   8.630   26
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1:59.958   9.130   19
24.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           2:00.165   9.337   20

Schumacher leads quiet rain-affected first practice in Korea

Schumacher set the fastest time in the dying minutes

Schumacher set the fastest time in the dying minutes

Michael Schumacher topped the timesheets for first practice for the Korean Grand Prix, in a session heavily disrupted by rain.

The first 30 minutes of the session were mostly silent, as only Lewis Hamilton set exploratory times on extreme wet tyres.

The track burst into life with half an hour to go, however. Hamilton, Sebastien Buemi and Adrian Sutil all briefly headed the timesheets with less than a minute to go.

Right at the end of the 90 minutes, Schumacher set a 2:02.784 to lead Sebastian Vettel and Paul di Resta. The new 2011 world champion had a slight scare near the end, almost running into the back of a Virgin car.

Managing only 5 laps, Mark Webber was 10th, 2.3 seconds off the pace. Karun Chandhok was 11th, while Jean-Eric Vergne was 13th for Toro Rosso in his first ever official practice session in F1.

Both Ferraris and Renaults, as well as Heikki Kovalainen and Jenson Button, opted not to set a time in FP1.

Times from FP1:

 1.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                2:02.784           10
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        2:02.840   0.056    8
 3.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    2:02.912   0.128   12
 4.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    2:03.141   0.357   12
 5.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      2:03.182   0.398    9
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          2:03.292   0.508   13
 7.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        2:03.391   0.607    6
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                2:04.311   1.527   12
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          2:04.797   2.013    8
10.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        2:05.183   2.399    5
11.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault           2:06.350   3.566   11
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       2:06.852   4.068   11
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      2:07.541   4.757    9
14.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       2:08.218   5.434    5
15.  Narian Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            2:08.832   6.048   14
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth            2:09.232   6.448   14
17.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         2:12.658   9.874    7
18.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         2:14.508   11.724   4
19.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 N/A                 0
20.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 N/A                 0
21.  Bruno Senna           Renault                 N/A                 0
22.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 N/A                 0
23.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           N/A                 0
24.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        N/A                 0

Button stays on top in Suzuka second practice

Button again topped the timesheets in Suzuka

Button again topped the timesheets in Suzuka

Jenson Button continued to lead proceedings for the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

The McLaren driver headed Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in second practice. The second McLaren was down in 8th place, 1.3 seconds off the pace.

Bruno Senna and Michael Schumacher both fell prey to Turn 1, with both cars having off-course excursions. Rubens Barrichello spun out at Degner after clipping the grass, while teammate Pastor Maldonado suffering technical problems. Kamui Kobayashi had a scary moment at 130R, nearly losing control, but he just wrestled the Sauber back onto track.

Times from second practice:

 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:31.901   	   32
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:32.075   0.174  33
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:32.095   0.194  35
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:32.147   0.246  28
 5.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:32.448   0.547  34
 6.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:32.710   0.809  26
 7.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:32.982   1.081  27
 8.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:33.245   1.344  26
 9.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:33.446   1.545  36
10.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:33.681   1.780  33
11.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:33.705   1.804  25
12.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:33.790   1.889  36
13.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:34.393   2.492  35
14.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1:34.557   2.656  27
15.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:34.601   2.700  33
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:36.038   4.137  33
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:36.225   4.324  35
18.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:37.123   5.222  14
19.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:37.440   5.539  30
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:38.093   6.192  30
21.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:38.387   6.486  16
22.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:38.763   6.862  36
23.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1:39.800   7.899  24
24.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1:42.480   10.579  4

Button leads Suzuka first practice while Vettel crashes out

Button led his teammate in first practice

Button led his teammate in first practice

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton headed the timesheets for first practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The most notable event of the session was championship leader Sebastian Vettel spinning out near the end of the session. The Red Bull driver ran wide at Degner 2, slid onto the gravel and made light contact with the barriers, ending his session.

Earlier on, Vettel was seen admirably using DRS at the 130R corner without backing off.

Despite his incident, he still went 3rd, behind the two McLarens. Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber were 4th and 5th respecively.

Vettel walks away after minor impact with the barriers

Vettel walks away after minor impact with the barriers

Toro Rosso have shown promising pace, with Jaime Alguersuari 6th and Sebastien Buemi 8th. Bruno Senna evaluated Renault’s new bodywork upgrades, but finished just behind his teammate in 11th.

Pastor Maldonado was another driver caught out by the Suzuka track. The Williams ran wide at Turn 6, and pulled over shortly afterwards. It was a poor session for the team, with Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello completing only 19 laps between them.

Nico Hulkenberg took over Adrian Sutil’s Force India, finishing 12th. Both Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan drove their teams’ cars, and ended the session just behind their respective teammates.

Times from Friday Practice 1:

 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:33.634           20
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1:33.725   0.091   18
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1:34.090   0.456   22
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1:34.372   0.738   24
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1:34.426   0.792   25
 6.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:34.937   1.303   23
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1:35.585   1.951   27
 8.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:35.590   1.956   25
 9.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1:36.033   2.399   22
10.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1:36.370   2.736   18
11.  Bruno Senna           Renault                 1:36.487   2.853   18
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1:36.700   3.066   21
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1:36.948   3.314   24
14.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1:36.949   3.315   22
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1:37.103   3.469   29
16.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1:38.197   4.563   18
17.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:38.331   4.697   11
18.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1:38.446   4.812    8
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1:39.168   5.534   10
20.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault           1:39.946   6.312   22
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1:40.872   7.238   13
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1:41.019   7.385   24
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth            1:41.106   7.472   25
24.  Narian Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1:41.775   8.141   25

Vettel takes control of second practice

Sebastian Vettel assumed top spot for second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Unlike first practice, the troublesome damaged kerbs were removed in between the two sessions, and will be replaced overnight.

While on the soft tyres, Vettel was in complete control of the running order, leading by up to an entire second. After most drivers switched to the super-softs, Fernando Alonso challenged the Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton aborted several runs before finally taking 3rd place. Felipe Massa was 4th, with Mark Webber 5th. The rest of the field were over 2 seconds behind Sebastian.

Jenson Button’s session was prematurely ended, after the McLaren made a mistake at Turn 14, and was unable to engage reverse gear to return to the track. The Briton finished the session 10th.

Sebastian Buemi was the only driver to make major contact with the wall, taking off his front right suspension and wheel.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1:46.374           33
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1:46.575   0.201   28
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1:47.115   0.741   22
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1:47.120   0.746   23
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1:47.265   0.891   28
 6.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1:48.418   2.044   27
 7.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:48.866   2.492   32
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1:49.578   3.204   27
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1:49.730   3.356   29
10.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:49.751   3.377   10
11.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:49.792   3.418   14
12.  Bruno Senna           Renault                 1:50.241   3.867   31
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1:50.345   3.971    8
14.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1:50.399   4.025   29
15.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1:50.790   4.416   28
16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:50.897   4.523   24
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1:50.937   4.563   30
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1:51.950   5.576   26
19.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:52.257   5.883   15
20.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1:52.489   6.115   25
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1:53.579   7.205   25
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1:54.649   8.275   25
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth            1:54.754   8.380   29
24.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1:55.198   8.824   26

Damaged kerbs disrupt Singapore first practice

Kerbs are repaired, delaying first practice

Kerbs are repaired, delaying first practice

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in a reduced first practice session in Singapore.

The session was suspended for half an hour at the beginning, as plastic sections of the kerbs were peeling away from the track. Once the track was repaired, the time limit was reduced to 60 minutes instead of the usual 90.

An extremely dusty track then slowed the cars down for much of the hour, before Lewis Hamilton set a 1:48.599 to take first place.

Mark Webber made contact with Timo Glock, the Red Bull failing to pass the Virgin at the final corner, and damaging the front wing. Mark pitted for repairs, while Timo was left with a puncture.

A bolt breaks off a kerb halfway through the session

A bolt breaks off a kerb halfway through the session

At the halfway point of the session, Heikki Kovalainen had a spot of deja vu, as his Lotus caught fire for the second year in a row in Singapore, this time due to an overheating front left brake.

After a red flag to remove the Lotus car, the stewards were forced to stop the session again with 8 minutes to go, as a bolt broke off another kerb. A green flag allowed the cars to attempt one last run, but Lewis’ previous time was left unbeaten.

Sebastian Vettel was second, with teammate Webber a further second behind. Jenson Button split the Ferraris, who went 4th and 6th. Renault abandoned their bodywork and sidepod adjustments due to overheating problems, leaving Senna and Petrov 16th and 18th.

Narain Karthikeyan drove Vitantonio Liuzzi’s HRT for readjusting to the car before he drives at the Indian GP, and was just pipped by Daniel Ricciardo in the final few moments. Both HRTs were 10 seconds off the pace of Hamilton by the end of the session.

Times from FP1:

 1. Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:48.599          10
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:49.005  0.406   15
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:50.066  1.467   16
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:50.596  1.997   11
 5. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:50.952  2.353   12
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:52.043  3.444   14
 7. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:52.251  3.652   13
 8. Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:52.416  3.817   12
 9. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:52.435  3.836   13
10. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:52.815  4.216   13
11. Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:52.991  4.392   17
12. Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:53.050  4.451   17
13. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:53.399  4.800   18
14. Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:53.703  5.104   19
15. Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:53.749  5.150   12
16. Bruno Senna            Renault              1:53.765  5.166   17
17. Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:53.785  5.186   16
18. Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:54.736  6.137    8
19. Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1:54.821  6.222    9
20. Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:56.198  7.599    8
21. Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:57.798  9.199   13
22. Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:58.792  10.193   6
23. Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:59.169  10.570  17
24. Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1:59.214  10.615  18

Vettel back on top in Italian second practice

Vettel pipped Hamilton to the fastest lap

Vettel pipped Hamilton to the fastest lap

Sebastian Vettel edged Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

The Brit was leading the session, but was unseated by 0.036 seconds by the Red Bull. Hamilton was set to go faster again, but was held up by Jaime Alguersuari on his final flying lap.

The extremely hot track temperatures – up to 40 degrees on the tarmac – slowed the cars throughout the session, with no car beating Lewis’ fastest lap from FP1.

Sebastien Buemi provided the action in this session, crashing out at Parabolica corner after setting only 5 laps, after clipping the grass under braking.

The Ferraris improved to 4th and 5th, the Saubers 8th and 9th, with both Renaults 10th and 11th.

Nico Rosberg had another abysmal session, finishing 21st, and 5 seconds off the pace. Teammate Michael Schumacher broke into the top 3, finishing 0.3 seconds off Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo was in last place, emerging from the pits with only a few minutes to go.

Times from FP2:

 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:24.010           37
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.046   0.036  21
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:24.347   0.337  39
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:24.366   0.356  33
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:24.433   0.423  31
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:24.468   0.458  32
 7.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.508   0.498  30
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:25.097   1.087  39
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:25.182   1.172  37
10.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1:25.325   1.315  38
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:25.450   1.440  31
12.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:25.496   1.486  39
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:25.683   1.673  37
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:25.758   1.748  29
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:26.202   2.192  36
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:26.353   2.343  40
17.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:28.347   4.337   5
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault         1:28.559   4.549  32
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:28.605   4.595  32
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:28.804   4.794  25
21.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1:29.162   5.152  34
22.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:29.184   5.174  29
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:29.622   5.612  34
24.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:29.841   5.831   7

Hamilton a second ahead in first practice

Hamilton was well ahead in FP1

Hamilton was well ahead in FP1

Lewis Hamilton was miles ahead of the opposition in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

A 1:23.865 was enough to put Lewis 0.9 seconds ahead of teammate Jenson Button, who was a further 4 tenths ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Behind Mark Webber in 4th was Adrian Sutil, albeit 2.5 seconds away from the leading McLaren. Nico Hulkenberg took over the second Force India, taking 12th position.

Vitaly Petrov set the fastest speed in the traps (347 km/h) en route to 6th. The Ferraris were off the pace in 7th and 8th, with Sergio Perez and Jaime Alguersuari breaking into the top 10.

Bruno Senna and Nico Rosberg were well off the pace of their respective teammates in 16th and 18th. All Lotus, HRT and Virgin cars were outside of the 107% rule for this session.

Times from FP1:

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:23.865           18
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.786   0.921   19
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:25.231   1.366   25
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:25.459   1.594   24
 5.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:26.550   2.685   23
 6.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault               1:26.625   2.760   20
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:26.647   2.782   20
 8.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:26.676   2.811   24
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:26.694   2.829   28
10.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:26.696   2.831   15
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:26.699   2.834   21
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:26.826   2.961   21
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:26.836   2.971   25
14.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:26.996   3.131   29
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth     1:27.365   3.500   25
16.  Bruno Senna           Renault               1:27.385   3.520   23
17.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:27.433   3.568   25
18.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:27.492   3.627   24
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault         1:29.539   5.674   10
20.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault         1:30.148   6.283   19
21.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth          1:30.609   6.744   27
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth          1:30.619   6.754   24
23.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth       1:31.052   7.187   12
24.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth       1:31.899   8.034   22
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