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Italian GP: Hamilton fastest in Monza second practice

Lewis Hamilton, Monza, 2012Lewis Hamilton led a McLaren one-two in the second Friday practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

As speculation over his future continued to dominate paddock conversation, Hamilton set the pace with a 1m25.290s lap.

That time was achieved on the softer of this weekend's Pirelli tyres, as was Spa winner Jenson Button's 1m25.328s lap in second place in the sister McLaren.

The Woking squad's move to the front was at the expense of home favourite Ferrari, which had led the way through the middle part of the session.

But despite the speed that saw him on top for a long spell with a 1m25.348s on hard tyres, championship leader Fernando Alonso had a number of problems.

First a brake issue required attention, then a gearbox issue curtailed his session.

Alonso's time still held up for third, just 0.058 seconds off the pace.

His team-mate Felipe Massa was next up. The Brazilian's only glitch was a vent flying off the top of his helmet at speed.

Nico Rosberg completed the top five for Mercedes. His morning practice pace-setting team-mate Michael Schumacher suffered DRS gremlins throughout the afternoon, and was back in 10th.

Kimi Raikkonen was fastest for a while early on and ended up sixth in the lead Lotus.

His one-off team-mate Jerome d'Ambrosio - standing in for the banned Romain Grosjean - was 0.6s slower in 12th.

Force India continued its strong Spa form to take seventh and eighth, Nico Hulkenberg ahead of Paul di Resta. Sauber's Sergio Perez was next up.

It was a quiet session for champion team Red Bull. Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were back in 11th and 13th.

Pos  Driver              Car                   Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.290s            32
 2.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m25.328s  + 0.038s  35
 3.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m25.348s  + 0.058s  17
 4.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m25.430s  + 0.140s  43
 5.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m25.446s  + 0.156s  41
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1m25.504s  + 0.214s  42
 7.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m25.546s  + 0.256s  40
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1m25.547s  + 0.257s  36
 9.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m26.068s  + 0.778s  32
10.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m26.094s  + 0.804s  38
11.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m26.104s  + 0.814s  35
12.  Jerome d'Ambrosio   Lotus-Renault         1m26.157s  + 0.867s  36
13.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m26.394s  + 1.104s  31
14.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1m26.404s  + 1.114s  42
15.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m26.724s  + 1.434s  33
16.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m26.730s  + 1.440s  17
17.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1m26.783s  + 1.493s  39
18.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1m26.841s  + 1.551s  39
19.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m26.864s  + 1.574s  36
20.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1m27.222s  + 1.932s  36
21.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.944s  + 2.654s  36
22.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.968s  + 2.678s  36
23.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1m28.575s  + 3.285s  34
24.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1m28.779s  + 3.489s  21

All timing unofficial
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