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Hamilton fastest in Monza free practice

McLaren dominate first practice session (FP1), since Jenson Button followed with the second best time. Vettel marked third best.
Friday, September 9, 2011

MONZA, Italy, Sept 9, 2011 (AFP) - Briton Lewis Hamilton finished nearly a second ahead of McLaren teammate Jenson Button to top the times in Friday morning's opening free practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, clocked 1min 23.865secs at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza with fellow Englishman Button, 31, second in 1:24.786.

Defending champion and current series leader Sebastian Vettel of Germany was third in his Red Bull with Australian team-mate Mark Webber, 35, in fourth.Another German, Adrian Sutil of Force India -- powered by the same Mercedes engines as the McLaren pair -- was fifth ahead of Russian Vitaly Petrov in the leading Renault.

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Spain was seventh fastest for Ferrari ahead of Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa, with Mexican Sergio Perez of Williams and another Spaniard, Jaime Alguersuari of Toro Rosso, making up the top ten.

Seven-time champion and former Ferrari legend German Michael Schumacher, 42, was 11th for Mercedes, one place ahead of his compatriot Nico Hulkenberg in the second Force India.

Brazilian Bruno Senna, in his second outing for Renault after ousting German Nick Heidfeld from his seat, was 16th fastest on a warm, dry and mostly sunny morning.

Results below:

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 1 TIMES (FP1)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.865 18
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.786 0.921 19
3 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:25.231 1.366 25
4 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:25.459 1.594 24
5 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:26.550 2.685 23
6 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:26.625 2.760 20
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:26.647 2.782 20
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.676 2.811 24
9 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.694 2.829 28
10 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:26.696 2.831 15
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:26.699 2.834 21
12 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:26.826 2.961 21
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:26.836 2.971 25
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.996 3.131 29
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:27.365 3.500 25
16 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:27.385 3.520 23
17 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:27.433 3.568 25
18 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:27.492 3.627 24
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:29.539 5.674 10
20 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1:30.148 6.283 19
21 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:30.609 6.744 27
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:30.619 6.754 24
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.052 7.187 12
24 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.899 8.034 22

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