WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Italian Grand Prix on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET

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Off the back of his victory at Spa two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton continued his impressive form by topping the first free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday morning.

Complete with an upgraded Mercedes engine for the coming weekend, Hamilton led home a one-two finish for the German marque, finishing half a second clear of teammate Nico Rosberg in second place.

In what looks set to be the story of the weekend, Mercedes finished head and shoulders above the field, with Sebastian Vettel putting up the most resistance in third place over six-tenths of a second back.

All eyes will be on Hamilton and Rosberg to see if they can continue this good form in the second free practice session at Monza on Friday afternoon.

You can watch FP2 for the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

With straight line speed and engine power being key to mastering Monza, it came as little surprise that the Mercedes-powered cars led the way during the first practice session. Force India, Williams and Lotus also managed to finish inside the top ten thanks to their power unit advantage.

Ferrari will undoubtedly remain in the running for a podium finish this weekend thanks to its own engine upgrade. Of all races, its home grand prix is one where getting Sebastian Vettel and/or Kimi Raikkonen up onto the podium in front of the Tifosi would be most welcome.

FP2 should see the field experiment more with its long run simulations, offering us a better understanding of the pecking order heading into the rest of the weekend.

You can watch FP2 for the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.