Nico Rosberg has ended Friday at Monza fastest ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who missed the first hour of the session due to an electrical issue.

A nagging problem from FP1 disrupted Hamilton’s weekend, as the team struggled to get his car started for FP2. Once he returned to the track he wasted no time getting up to speed, going second fastest and sitting 0.061 seconds of his team-mates pace.

Both Mercedes race simulations seemed straight forward; fast but not suspiciously fast which suggests both cars are running slightly heavier fuel loads. Rosberg completed 41 laps compared to Hamilton’s 16.

Ferrari remained at the sharp end of the grid, this time it was Kimi Raikkonen leading the charge in third. He led Fernando Alonso who was in fourth by two tenths of a second.Bianchi

Daniel Ricciardo again had a troubled session, struggling to get to grips with his RB10 which continued to cause headaches for the Aussie, with persisting electrical problems.

Both of the Lotus cars performed horribly under braking, as Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were continuously locking their brakes and taking adventures off the track.

Marussia’s Jules Bianchi capitalised on their troubles and finished in seventeenth position, ahead of both the Lotus drivers.

Williams had a much better session than FP1, with Valtteri Bottas displaying impressive consistency over his race simulation. He was half a second quicker than Felipe Massa on the same tyre on more than one occasion.

Force India was again quickest through the speed trap, this time it was Nico Hülkenberg taking the honours. He was clocked at 348.8km/h, which was 7.7km/h quicker than last year’s fastest.


2014 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:26.225 41
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:26.286 + 0.061 16
3. Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:26.331 + 0.106 31
4. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:26.565 + 0.340 26
5. Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:26.758 + 0.533 34
6. Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:26.762 + 0.537 34
7. Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:26.762 + 0.537 27
8. Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:26.881 + 0.656 44
9. Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:26.935 + 0.710 33
10. Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:26.992 + 0.767 37
11. Sergio Pérez Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:27.079 + 0.854 42
12. Nico Hülkenberg Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:27.227 + 1.002 39
13. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:27.476 + 1.251 37
14. Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:27.840 + 1.615 33
15. Jean-Éric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:27.929 + 1.704 33
16. Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:28.029 + 1.804 35
17. Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:28.659 + 2.434 34
18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:28.700 + 2.475 42
19. Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:28.786 + 2.561 29
20. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:29.085 + 2.860 29
21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:29.178 + 2.953 32
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:29.275 + 3.050 37

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