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.

HulkenbergThe hard compound tyre seemed to take longer than expected to reach working temperature, most likely due to the long high-speed straights.

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 nl 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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