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.
|FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO HEINEKEN D’ITALIA 2016 – FREE PRACTICE 2 SESSION RESULTS|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||1:22.801||40|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||+ 0.193||42|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 0.453||33|
|4.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 0.626||28|
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||+ 0.931||25|
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||+ 1.202||33|
|7.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 1.458||24|
|8.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 1.498||41|
|9.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16||+ 1.715||35|
|10.||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 1.748||28|
|11.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 1.755||20|
|12.||Nico Hülkenberg||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||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 2.282||38|
|17.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 2.439||31|
|18.||Esteban Ocon||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 2.474||13|
|19.||Kevin Magnussen||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 2.754||39|
|20.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 2.813||33|
|21.||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35||+ 2.842||31|
|22.||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 3.032||45|
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