Mercedes has again finished fastest in practice for the Italian Grand Prix, with this time Lewis Hamilton leading teammate Nico Rosberg by less than two-tenths of a second on the stopwatch.

Both Ferrari drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen closed the hefty one-second gap to the Mercedes that was set in the first practice session to under half a second, as Vettel finished 0.453 seconds off Hamilton’s benchmark despite setting the pace earlier in the session.

Rosberg was first to top the Ferraris once the German began his qualifying-style run, until Hamilton bumped him down a position moments later to set the fastest lap of the session.

Red Bull Racing were next in the queue as Max Verstappen outpaced Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo by three-tenths of a second; the Australian struggled to set a fast lap time on the super soft compound tyre.

Once the long run simulations began, Mercedes seemed to be lacking in pace on the super-softs compared to Ferrari; both drivers clocked almost 20 laps on the compound before switching to more durable rubber. Hamilton chose to run on the soft compound, while Rosberg went for the mediums.

Fernando Alonso endured his second setback in as many weeks as his McLaren mechanics had to replace a leaking connector. The Spaniard took to the track later in the session to set the seventh-fastest time ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, who was a fraction behind in eighth position.

Romain Grosjean finished ninth for the Haas F1 Team – running the updated Ferrari power unit – while Jenson Button rounded out the top ten in the second McLaren Honda.

Driver Team / Entry Result Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid 1:22.801 40
2. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid + 0.193 42
3. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H + 0.453 33
4. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H + 0.626 28
5. Max Verstappen nl Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 0.931 25
6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 1.202 33
7. Fernando Alonso es McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 1.458 24
8. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 1.498 41
9. Romain Grosjean fr Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 1.715 35
10. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 1.748 28
11. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 1.755 20
12. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 1.786 40
13. Sergio Pérez Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 1.852 42
14. Esteban Gutiérrez Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 1.873 33
15. Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 2.180 25
16. Pascal Wehrlein de Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 2.282 38
17. Carlos Sainz Jr es Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 2.439 31
18. Esteban Ocon fr Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 2.474 13
19. Kevin Magnussen dk Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 2.754 39
20. Daniil Kvyat ru Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 2.813 33
21. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 2.842 31
22. Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 3.032 45

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