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Hamilton edges out Alonso in FP1 at Monza

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first practice session for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix ahead of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso
Friday, September 6, 2013

September 6th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Lewis Hamilton emerged fastest after a close FP1 session at Monza this morning. Fernando Alonso was second for Ferrari ahead of Nico Rosberg in the other Mercedes.

The track was typically a bit dusty at this early stage of the weekend. The cars were kicking up plumes of dust on the exit kerbs whenever they ran a little wide coming out of the corners. That should become less of a problem through the weekend, but for now it dirties the tyres a bit and compromises performance.

As usual, all of the drivers used only the prime tyre, which this weekend is the orange hard compound tyre, in FP1. Most of the setup work focused on aerodynamic balance between front and rear. As the track rubbers in. Today's sessions will also be important for choosing gear ratios for the rest of the weekend, as gearing is so important at Monza where lap time is largely determined by top speed.

Monza always sees the cars running in their lowest downforce configuration, which is evidenced by skinny, shallow rear wings and simplified front wings. The low drag setup results in very high top speeds, In FP1, James Calado - taking over Adrian Sutil's Force India for the session - was fastest in the speed trap at 339km/h. It is likely that several drivers will go faster than that this afternoon or tomorrow during qualifying.

There were no major incidents during the session. A few lock-ups under braking for the first and second chicanes occurred, and Pastor Maldonado ran through the gravel in the Ascari chicane, but that was the extent of the on-track errors. Nico Hulkenberg suffered a gearbox problem that left him stuck in third gear as he limped back to the pits. The team attmpted to solve his problem and sent him back out onto the track, but he found himself unable to select second gear while still in the pitlane and stopped before he rejoined the circuit.

Full results of FP1:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.565 24
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.600 0.035 25
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.704 0.139 25
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.753 0.188 26
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:25.941 0.376 22
6 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.007 0.442 24
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.035 0.470 23
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:26.103 0.538 27
9 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.149 0.584 21
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.155 0.590 25
11 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.194 0.629 25
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.295 0.730 23
13 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:26.387 0.822 21
14 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.449 0.884 16
15 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:26.594 1.029 13
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:26.802 1.237 21
17 15 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1:27.041 1.476 24
18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.224 1.659 16
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:27.818 2.253 24
20 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.869 2.304 20
21 21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:28.192 2.627 21
22 22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1:29.526 3.961 26

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