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.
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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