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Published: 14:59 | 2/9/16

Hamilton sets Monza pace

Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time of the day during the second free practice session for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton went around Monza in 1:22.801 on the super-soft tyres to finish 0.193 seconds ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen had set the early pace but it was long before Hamilton and Rosberg were battling it out for the top spot with the German enjoying a brief spell as the fastest on track only to be demoted to second by his team-mate.

Vettel and Raikkonen were third and fourth with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo sixth and seventh.

Valterri Bottas in the Williams was eighth ahead of the Haas of Romain Grosjean and McLaren's Jenson Button.

It was Rosberg who led the way during the first free practice session.

Rosberg produced a lap time of 1:22.959 on the soft compound tyres to finish 0.203seconds ahead of Hamilton.

There was little to choose between the Mercedes drivers in the early stages of the session but Rosberg fared best of all with Raikkonen best of the rest in third.

Vettel took fourth spot with Sergio Perez rounding off a good morning with the fifth fastest time for Force India.

Grosjean and Bottas were sixth and seventh for Haas and Williams respectively, while Verstappen was eighth in his Red Bull.

Grosjean's Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez was ninth with Daniel Ricciardo completing the top ten for Red Bull.

There was a frustrating start to the weekend for Felipe Massa as the Williams driver suffered an issue on his installation lap which resulted in him spending the first 45 minutes of the session in the garage.

Italian Grand Prix - Practice 2 Results:
Pos - Driver - Car - Time - Gap

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.801s

2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.994s 0.193s

3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m23.254s 0.453s

4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.427s 0.626s

5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m23.732s 0.931s

6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.003s 1.202s

7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m24.259s 1.458s

8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m24.299s 1.498s

9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.516s 1.715s

10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m24.549s 1.748s

11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.556s 1.755s

12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m24.587s 1.786s

13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.653s 1.852s

14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m24.674s 1.873s

15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.981s 2.180s

16 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m25.083s 2.282s

17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.240s 2.439s

18 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m25.275s 2.474s

19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m25.555s 2.754s

20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.614s 2.813s

21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.643s 2.842s

22 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m25.833s 3.032s

Italian Grand Prix - Practice 1 Results:
Pos - Driver - Car - Time - Gap

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.959s

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.162s 0.203s

3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.047s 1.088s

4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m24.307s 1.348s

5 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.650s 1.691s

6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.763s 1.804s

7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m24.785s 1.826s

8 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m24.982s 2.023s

9 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m25.113s 2.154s

10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.120s 2.161s

11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m25.351s 2.392s

12 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m25.367s 2.408s

13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m25.507s 2.548s

14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m25.840s 2.881s

15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.853s 2.894s

16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.973s 3.014s

17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m26.074s 3.115s

18 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m26.391s 3.432s

19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.439s 3.480s

20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m26.762s 3.803s

21 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m26.811s 3.852s

22 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m26.956s 3.997s

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