Hamilton heads up Mercedes one-two in second Monza F1 practice

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Lewis Hamilton continued Mercedes’ impressive start to the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza by topping the second Formula 1 practice session on Friday afternoon.

After seeing teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg head the field in the morning, Hamilton bounced back and edged out the German by two-tenths of a second in FP2.

A fastest lap of 1:22.801 was enough to give Hamilton P1 with Rosberg in second place, the Mercedes drivers being followed by the Ferraris in the final timesheets.

Sebastian Vettel put the updated Ferrari power unit to good use, finishing within half a second of Hamilton to end the session third. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen followed close behind in P4.

Red Bull struggled to match the pace of either Mercedes or Ferrari as Max Verstappen finished 0.931 seconds off the P1 time in fifth place. Daniel Ricciardo was three-tenths further back in the second RB12 car.

Fernando Alonso pulled his usual trick of dragging the McLaren-Honda car up the field, finishing seventh ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Haas’ Romain Grosjean. Alonso’s teammate Jenson Button rounded out the top 10.

Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Saturday, with final practice also live on the app from 5am.