Lewis Hamilton has kicked off the Italian Grand Prix weekend fastest ahead of old team-mate Jenson Button, who was 0.6 seconds behind his fellow countryman.
The McLarens looked competitive early on in the session, as both cars hit the top of the timesheets in the first half of the session.
Nico Rosberg finished a large 0.8 seconds behind Hamilton, just a tenth ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who again found himself at the sharp end of the grid.
There was quite a lot of activity on track approaching the 30 minute mark, as teams took advantage of the extra set of tyres they’re allowed to use before handing them back to Pirelli.
Marussia’s Max Chilton was the first driver to test the new Parabolica run-off, when he ran wide brushing the astroturf just 15 minutes into the session.
Kimi Raikkonen also played with the extra space at Parabolica, having his flying lap compromised by getting too close to the run-off. He was almost four-tenths off team-mate Alonso.
Sebastian Vettel was the quickest of the Red Bull’s, finishing the session a second behind Hamilton in sixth. Daniel Ricciardo was a further 1.3 seconds behind as he only managed 12 laps due to power unit issue.
The Williams cars were both out of position with Valtteri Bottas in twelfth and Felipe Massa in thirteenth, however they were among the fastest in the session through the speed trap.
There were four total reserve drivers participating in the session; Daniel Juncadella sat in for Sergio Pérez at Force India, Charles Pic for Romain Grosjean at Lotus, Giedo van der Garde for Adrian Sutil at Sauber, and Roberto Merhi for Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham.
Pérez eventually jumped back in his Force India with 20 minutes left in the session and slotted into tenth position on his first run, beating team-mate Nico Hülkenberg by nearly half a second.
Formula 1 debutant Merhi ended the session two-tenths quicker than much more experienced team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who completed 13 fewer laps than the rookie.
2014 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:26.187||25|
|2.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:26.810||+ 0.623||27|
|3.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:26.995||+ 0.808||26|
|4.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:27.169||+ 0.982||23|
|5.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:27.228||+ 1.041||30|
|6.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:27.271||+ 1.084||27|
|7.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:27.493||+ 1.306||27|
|8.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:27.687||+ 1.500||13|
|9.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:27.741||+ 1.554||33|
|10.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:28.112||+ 1.925||23|
|11.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:28.114||+ 1.927||21|
|12.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:28.148||+ 1.961||20|
|13.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:28.150||+ 1.963||21|
|14.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:28.300||+ 2.113||30|
|15.||Giedo van der Garde||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:28.429||+ 2.242||19|
|16.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:28.487||+ 2.300||12|
|17.||Daniel Juncadella||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:29.192||+ 3.005||10|
|18.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:29.512||+ 3.325||24|
|19.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:30.017||+ 3.830||25|
|20.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:30.081||+ 3.894||27|
|21.||Charles Pic||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:30.125||+ 3.938||23|
|22.||Roberto Merhi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:30.704||+ 4.517||29|
|23.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:30.948||+ 4.761||16|
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