Hamilton leads final Monza practice

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Monza, 2010

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the final practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

But Red Bull and Ferrari showed strong pace with Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa all lapping within two tenths of a second of Hamilton.

Hamilton’s quickest lap came at the end of the session on soft tyres – and was aided by a slipstream from the Force India of Adrian Sutil.

Alonso wasn’t so fortunate – he caught Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber heading into the Parabolica on his last run and was held up, waving his arm at the Japanese driver.

Sebastian Vettel improved to second after the chequered flag came out, crossing the line just five hundredths of a second slower than Hamilton.

But team mate Mark Webber suffered a second car failure of the weekend, his RB6 coming to a halt at the Rettifilio halfway through the session.

Massa survived another lurid moment in a gravel trap, this time at Lesmo where Jaime Alguersuari also went off during the session.

Nico H???lkenberg ended the session eighth ahead of Robert Kubica and Sutil.

At McLaren and Red Bull the drivers have gone in different directions in set-up.

Button is sticking with the deep rear wing and F-duct, while Hamilton is using a shallow rear wing and no F-duct. As was the case yesterday, Hamilton was 13kph quicker through the speed trap than his team mate.

Webber is using a different rear wing to Vettel and the pair were seen with flow-vis paint on their rear wings again at the beginning of the session as their team compared the different solutions.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.498 19
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’22.545 0.047 21
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’22.644 0.146 15
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’22.648 0.150 16
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’22.724 0.226 19
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.946 0.448 17
7 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’23.082 0.584 9
8 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’23.129 0.631 18
9 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’23.209 0.711 20
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.303 0.805 19
11 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’23.450 0.952 19
12 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.673 1.175 20
13 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’23.896 1.398 21
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.908 1.410 24
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.909 1.411 17
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’23.967 1.469 19
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.191 1.693 19
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’24.439 1.941 15
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’25.788 3.290 14
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’25.925 3.427 16
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.434 3.936 19
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.682 4.184 19
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’27.471 4.973 18
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’28.730 6.232 14

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42 comments on Hamilton leads final Monza practice

  1. Massa is closer than usual to Alonso so far this weekend, it will be interesting to see if he outqualify him.

  2. Yes it would if Ferrari allow him to

  3. liuzzi should be replaced if force india NEEDS TO SCORE POINTS…HE IS A BAD DRIVER….. NO DOUTE

  4. i mean liuzzi.. is not on d pace…i dont no y they have kept him…

  5. If Massa leads Alonso in championship will Ferrari appeal FIA decision?

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