Button fastest as practice starts at Monza

Jenson Button was fastest for McLaren in the first practice session of the weekend at Monza.

He was a tenth of a second faster than Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull with Lewis Hamilton setting third fastest time in the other McLaren.

Both MP4-25s ran with very steep rear wings in practice as they tested how well their F-duct works on the high-speed Monza track.

Robert Kubica was fourth fastest for Renault, nine-thousandths of a second faster than Nico Rosberg.

Rubens Barrichello and Bruno Senna stopped on the track during the session, the former appearing to stop with a transmission problem on his Williams.

Several drivers had problems with the first chicane, locking their brakes and running across the run-off. Mark Webber, sixth fastest, ran wide there and Kamui Kobayashi knocked over one of the marker boards.

Vitantonio Liuzzi was another driver to take a trip down the run-off. He ended the session 0.4 seconds faster than team mate Paul di Resta, who was driving Adrian Sutil’s car. Sutil will be back in the car for second practice – when he was fastest at this circuit last year.

The two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were eighth and ninth, and Nico H?â??lkenberg’s Williams completed the top ten.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.693 28
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.790 0.097 27
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’23.967 0.274 25
4 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’24.120 0.427 25
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’24.129 0.436 30
6 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’24.446 0.753 26
7 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’24.512 0.819 19
8 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.543 0.850 24
9 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’24.648 0.955 22
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’24.756 1.063 26
11 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’24.841 1.148 28
12 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’24.923 1.230 23
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’25.292 1.599 25
14 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.318 1.625 29
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.320 1.627 20
16 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.334 1.641 24
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.897 2.204 19
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.772 3.079 19
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’26.898 3.205 12
20 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.956 3.263 17
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’27.374 3.681 14
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’28.256 4.563 8
23 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.516 4.823 4
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’29.870 6.177 17

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35 comments on Button fastest as practice starts at Monza

  1. I think Mclaren is tinkering with the idea of running more wing than Red Bull,to gain time on the Variante Ascari, Parabolica and the Lesmo corners, given that their F duct works well and offset the extra wing on the straights.

  2. Button & Vettel do need some strong result this weekend in order to fight for the championship.

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