Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monza, 2013

Hamilton edges Alonso as Monza practice begins

2013 Italian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monza, 2013Lewis Hamilton was quickest as practice began for the Italian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was fractionally faster than Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Alonso was on course to beat Hamilton’s 1’25.565 when he lost time in the final sector and had to settle for second, 0.035s off the Mercedes. Hamilton also came close to beating his own mark but couldn’t repeat his sector three time.

Nico Rosberg underlined Mercedes’ potential with the third-fastest time, followed by Sebastian Vettel.

Lotus brought a longer version of the E21 which Kimi Raikkonen ran and set fifth-fastest time with. Team mate Romain Grosjean in the conventional car was four-tenths of a second slower in 12th.

The McLaren drivers were sixth and seventh ahead of Mark Webber. Early in the session Jenson Button’s DRS remained activated at a part of the circuit where is was supposed to disengage, which the stewards are investigating.

Pastor Maldonado was an encouraging ninth for Williams, despite losing the rear of his car at Ascari, and reported the car was performing better in low-speed corners. Jean-Eric Vergne completed the top ten.

Nico Hulkenberg’s session was interrupted by a gearbox problem. He was able to make it back to the pits but when the team sent him out again the problem recurred and he was pulled back into his box.

In his first F1 practice session appearance James Calado was 17th for Force India, half a second slower than team mate Paul di Resta.

As the session came to an end both Ferrari drivers headed to the end of the pit lane to perform practice starts. Alonso got there in time but the pit exit lights turned red as Felipe Massa arrived and he locked his brakes as he brought the car to a stop. While Alonso performed his practice start, Ferrari mechanics arrived to push him back to the garage.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap 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-Renault 1’25.753 0.188 26
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’25.941 0.376 22
6 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’26.007 0.442 24
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’26.035 0.470 23
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’26.103 0.538 27
9 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’26.149 0.584 21
10 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-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 Toro Rosso-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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