GP d’Italia, prove del venerdì–02/09/2016
Lewis Hamilton sets Italian Grand Prix Friday F1 practice pace
Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to the quickest time in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The reigning world champion clocked a 1m22.801s on the super-soft tyres to finish 0.193 seconds clear of Rosberg.
Ferrari, running an updated engine, has emerged as Mercedes’ closest challenger in Italy and Sebastian Vettel was 0.453s off the pace in third.
His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was two tenths further back in fourth, ahead of the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
Vettel and Raikkonen set the early pace, with Ferrari focusing on running the soft and medium, before Hamilton went fastest on the soft.
Vettel moved back to the top when he ran the super-softs, clocking a time 1.1s quicker than he managed in first practice on the same rubber.
Rosberg then bumped his German countryman down a place when he did his qualifying simulation before Hamilton went fastest a few moments later.
Hamilton abandoned a second lap on the super-soft, suggesting to his team that he didn’t think his tyres would last the lap.
Attention then turned to long runs, with Hamilton and Rosberg lapping around three to four seconds off the pace on the super-softs.
The duo managed to do almost 20 laps on the rubber before pitting, with Hamilton taking the softs and Rosbergs the mediums to continue long-run data gathering.
Pirelli said long-run data suggested the super-soft looks set to have a longer life than at Spa, where it lasted just a handful of laps.
Fernando Alonso missed the opening part of the session while McLaren replaced a leaking connector.
But he got back out on track to set the seventh fastest time, 1.458s off the pace, with Valtteri Bottas a few thousandths adrift in eighth.
Romain Grosjean, running the updated Ferrari power unit, and Jenson Button completed the top 10.
Felipe Massa had a frustrating session, completing only half the number of laps his team-mate covered, on his way to the 11th quickest time but both Williams finished ahead of the Force India duo.
Toro Rosso, running the old-spec Ferrari unit, struggled with Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat 17th and 20th respectively.
Esteban Ocon managed just 13 laps after stopping out on track, with race control deploying the virtual safety car while the Manor was cleared.
PRACTICE TWO TIMES:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.732s||0.931s||25|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m24.003s||1.202s||33|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.587s||1.786s||40|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.653s||1.852s||42|
|17||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.240s||2.439s||31|
|20||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.614s||2.813s||33|
Italian GP: Nico Rosberg leads Mercedes one-two in first practice
Nico Rosberg spearheaded a Mercedes one-two in first practice for Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix.
Rosberg posted a lap of 1m22.959s around Monza on Pirelli’s soft compound tyre, finishing 0.203 seconds ahead of reigning champion and current points leader Lewis Hamilton.
The duo had traded fastest laps earlier in the session when running the rule over the super-soft compound tyre that initially appeared to be more robust at this track than was the case at Spa Francorchamps in last week’s Belgian GP.
Rosberg and Hamilton were again comfortably ahead of their rivals, led by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who finished 1.088s down, with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel a further quarter of a second off the pace in fourth. Both set their times on soft tyres.
It was a busy session for both Rosberg and Hamilton, finishing joint first and third on the lap completion charts, posting 37 and 36 laps respectively, with Valtteri Bottas in his Williams also out in front with 37 laps.
Ferrari’s Raikkonen and Vettel managed 16 and 17 laps respectively as the team limited mileage on the new power unit it has introduced this weekend, spending the final three development tokens of its allocation in doing so, while carrying out checks.
Force India’s Sergio Perez was a strong fifth on super-soft tyres, as the team continued its top-five form from Spa last weekend.
His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg gave way to reserve Alfonso Celis Jr, who claimed 12th place, 2.408s behind Rosberg, and three quarters of a second behind Perez.
With Haas also sporting the new Ferrari updated power unit, Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez were sixth and ninth, three tenths of a second apart, with the duo also on super-softs like Perez.
Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen split the Haas pair, the latter two seconds down, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo rounding off the top 10, 0.138s behind his teenage team-mate, with all three running soft compound rubber.
Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso finished either side of Celis, although the latter ended the session by crawling back into the pits with a gearbox problem.
Felipe Massa, who announced his retirement from F1 on Thursday, suffered a boost issue with his Williams-Mercedes on his installation lap. That confined him to the garage for the majority of the opening 45 minutes before he emerged to finish 14th quickest, nearly three seconds behind Rosberg.
As part of the ongoing assessment of the halo, Button, Verstappen and Perez all ran. Button was the only one to keep it on for a second lap.
Pirelli’s new prototype tyre it is hoping to introduce for the Malaysian GP at the start of October was also given extensive running by a number of drivers as part of its ongoing evaluation.
PRACTICE ONE TIMES:
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.650s||1.691s||32|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m24.982s||2.023s||25|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.120s||2.161s||17|
|12||Alfonso Celis||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.367s||2.408s||30|
|16||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.973s||3.014s||20|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m26.074s||3.115s||20|