Long, KERS-friendly, straights. Plenty of slow chicanes. Few really fast corners. Monza looked like McLaren territory on paper, and as practice began it appeared the predictions would be correct. Lewis Hamilton was quickest throughout the first session and was followed by Heikki Kovalainen in a McLaren one-two.
Giancarlo Fisichella acquaints himself with the Ferrari F60 © LAT
Force India impressed again - Adrian Sutil narrowly beating Fernando Alonso's Renault to third, with Nick Heidfeld fifth for BMW.
Jenson Button was the best of the title contenders in seventh, and although his Force India replacement Tonio Liuzzi had outpaced him initially, by the end of the morning Giancarlo Fisichella was the best of those in new overalls for this race, as he took eighth. That was two places higher than his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but the Italian had been given a leg-up by using soft tyres.