Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Jenson Button in first practice

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in opening practice for Formula 1's 2014 Italian Grand Prix at Monza by 0.623 seconds from McLaren's Jenson Button, with Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg third

Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Jenson Button in first practice

It was not a hotly contested session at the sharp end as the majority of the frontrunners swapped to race simulation runs after setting their quick laps.

As is usual in practice one, there was a brief flurry of activity towards the end of the first half hour while teams took advantage of the extra set of tyres they are permitted to use before handing back to Pirelli at the 30-minute mark.

Several drivers observed that the orange-striped hard-compound tyres were taking longer than expected to reach a working temperature.

Max Chilton was the first to benefit from the Parabolica's controversially revised run-off area, running wide and brushing the astroturf 15 minutes into the session.

Kevin Magnussen and Button provided demonstrated that the MP4-29 is not lacking straightline speed, setting the early pace on the hard-compound tyres before being overhauled by the 'works' Mercedes.

Button then sliced three tenths of a second off his previous best during the course of his second run, but his tenure at the top of the timesheets lasted just eight minutes before Hamilton went top.

McLaren did not attempt to respond, switching Button on to a used set of tyres to complete his programme.

Fernando Alonso brought his Ferrari to within a second of the Mercedes with a late effort, lapping in 1m27.169s.

Kimi Raikkonen was nearly four tenths off, having flirted with the Parabolica run-off on his flying lap.

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest of the two Red Bulls in sixth, behind Magnussen, but Daniel Ricciardo completed just 12 laps and had to retire to his garage with a power unit issue with 30 minutes to go.

Both Williams were outside the top 10 in spite of being among the quickest through the speed trap, and Valtteri Bottas was noticeably on the edge of the FW36's envelope in several places on the track.

There was disappointment, too for Lotus; it took most of the session for Pastor Maldonado to summon a lap clean enough to overhaul both Marussias.

A handful of teams ran test drivers in addition to or in place of their regulars: Daniel Juncadella sat in for Sergio Perez at Force India initially, Charles Pic for Romain Grosjean at Lotus, Giedo van der Garde for Adrian Sutil at Sauber, and Roberto Merhi for Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham.

Perez took over from Juncadella with 20 minutes to go and was straight on the pace on his first run, slotting into the top 10 and outpacing Nico Hulkenberg by nearly half a second. He was also fastest of all through the speed trap.

F1 debutant Merhi (pictured) completed 29 laps to Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson's 16 and rounded out the session two tenths faster.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.187s - 25
2 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.810s 0.623s 27
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.995s 0.808s 26
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m27.169s 0.982s 23
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m27.228s 1.041s 30
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m27.271s 1.084s 27
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.493s 1.306s 27
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.687s 1.500s 13
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.741s 1.554s 33
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m28.112s 1.925s 23
11 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.114s 1.927s 21
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m28.148s 1.961s 20
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m28.150s 1.963s 21
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.300s 2.113s 30
15 Giedo van der Garde Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.429s 2.242s 19
16 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m28.487s 2.300s 12
17 Daniel Juncadella Force India/Mercedes 1m29.192s 3.005s 10
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m29.512s 3.325s 24
19 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m30.017s 3.830s 25
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m30.081s 3.894s 27
21 Charles Pic Lotus/Renault 1m30.125s 3.938s 23
22 Roberto Merhi Caterham/Renault 1m30.704s 4.517s 29
23 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m30.948s 4.761s 16


shares
comments
Williams F1 team explains £20million losses so far in 2014

Previous article

Williams F1 team explains £20million losses so far in 2014

Next article

Flavio Briatore: Not for me to save 'mad' Formula 1

Flavio Briatore: Not for me to save 'mad' Formula 1
Load comments
How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator Plus

How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator

As a young boy, Carlos Sainz was schooled by his father in the special folklore surrounding Ferrari in Formula 1. Now an established grand prix ace – and a Ferrari driver to boot – Sainz opens up to BEN ANDERSON about driving for the team of his childhood hero, and of his own boyhood dreams

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars Plus

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars

OPINION: The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix may not have been a thrill-a-minute overtaking fest, but it's a race that will live long in the memory as one of the best of the current era of Formula 1. And as F1 moves to regulations in 2022 aimed at boosting overtaking, Hungary showed the balance it must strike with its new machinery as not to deny similarly tense spectacles

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1? Plus

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1?

OPINION: Different perspectives had Lewis Hamilton’s solo second standing start in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix as fabulous or farcical. But did it make the championship appear too silly for the sake of a moment of high-charged sporting drama?

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2021
Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver Plus

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver

The chaotic start to the Hungarian GP set the scene for F1's less heralded drivers to make a name for themselves. Esteban Ocon did just that to win in fine style, but further down the order one driver was making his first visit to the points and - while the circumstances were fortunate - took full advantage of the chance presented to him

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2021
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021