Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monza, 2012

Schumacher leads first Monza practice for Mercedes

2012 Italian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monza, 2012Amid intense speculation about whether Lewis Hamilton might be about to join Mercedes, Michael Schumacher put the team on top of the times in the first practice session at Monza.

Schumacher comfortably eclipsed the fastest times of the session with a best of 1’25.422. Jenson Button came closest with a 1’25.723, while Nico Rosberg completed a Mercedes-powered top three.

Behind them were the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, followed by Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen began his session bouncing across the kerbs at turn one. He improved to set the seventh-fastest time for Lotus, but ended the session after an even more spectacular trip across the kerbs, flying into the air at the Roggia chicane.

New team mate Jerome D’Ambrosio, substituting for the banned Romain Grosjean, was 15th fastest.

Two drivers stopped with apparent technical problems at the end of the session: Alonso pulling over at the first chicane and Pastor Maldonado doing the same on the approach to Lesmo 1. The Williams driver inspected the rear of his car, its DRS still open, as he left the scene.

Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua made his first F1 appearance in the session for HRT. He propped up the times sheets with a 1’31.239, 1.9s slower than team mate Pedro de la Rosa.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’25.422
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.723 0.301
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.762 0.340
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’25.800 0.378
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.881 0.459
6 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.944 0.522
7 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’26.046 0.624
8 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.323 0.901
9 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.390 0.968
10 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’26.504 1.082
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’26.508 1.086
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’26.518 1.096
13 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’26.641 1.219
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’26.746 1.324
15 10 Jerome D’Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1’27.180 1.758
16 11 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1’27.192 1.770
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.373 1.951
18 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’27.789 2.367
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’27.855 2.433
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’28.578 3.156
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.751 3.329
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.207 3.785
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’29.331 3.909
24 23 Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1’31.239 5.817

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