Italian GP | Lewis Hamilton tops FP2 as Mercedes continue to dominate

Lewis Hamilton edges Rosberg to top Italian GP FP2.

Mercedes continue to set the pace at the Italian Grand Prix, with Ferrari second fastest but unable to challenge. Second free practice showed mechanical gremlins at McLaren, Williams and Manor, too.

In the morning session, Rosberg narrowly edged Hamilton to top the opening leaderboard at the Italian Grand Prix. With Hamilton running two-tenths down on his German team-mate.

Come the start of FP2, after Wehlrein hit the track first, it was once again a Mercedes atop the timesheet. With Hamilton, this time, the P1 man – edging Vettel by seven-tenths of a second.

While Hamilton topped the timesheet early on, FP1 pace-setting Rosberg was running on the medium tyres. Lapping three-tenths down on Vettel, and a second off Hamilton’s time.

The swap onto supersoft tyres then followed, but Hamilton remained atop the timesheet. Setting the fastest times through the middle and final sector.

Hamilton’s best lap, a 1:22.801, saw Lewis edge Rosberg for the fastest time after his German team-mate set the fastest opening sector. For both, meanwhile, they showed dominance over Ferrari – with Vettel having set the best middle and final sectors on way to P1 prior to the Silver Arrows.

Mercedes continued to show dominance over their rivals come the long runs. With Mercedes averaging lap times of 1:27.0 on the supersoft and soft tyres. While Ferrari averaged 1:27.8 on both the soft and supersoft compounds.

As for Red Bull, the Milton Keynes outfit averaged in the 1:28.0s while on the soft compound – showing a loss of two-tenths to Ferrari. But on the supersoft tyres, Red Bull could average in the 1:27.5s – representing better tyre life on the softest compound on offer.

The supersoft tyres, however, dropped off quickly and more suddenly towards the end of their lifespan than the soft compound. With the middle slick compound representing the best pace and durability for the race.

Other than tyre life and race runs, FP2 highlighted mechanical gremlins for a number of teams. Predominantly McLaren, with Fernando Alonso resigned to the garage at the start of the session before returning later on.

Like Alonso, Felipe Massa was garage bound during the session with a hydraulic issue. Massa’s, though, kept him off track for less time and the Brazilian rejoined the action to take the chequered flag.

Felipe Nasr had issues of his own during FP2, with the Brazilian reporting “I’ve lost power through the exit of the last corner.”

Esteban Ocon also lost power in his Manor, as he exited the second chicane. Ocon’s car grinding to a halt causing a Virtual Safety Car period.

Pos Driver Laps Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton 40 1’22.801  —
2 Nico Rosberg 42 1’22.994 0.193
3 Sebastian Vettel 33 1’23.254 0.453
4 Kimi Raikkonen 28 1’23.427 0.626
5 Max Verstappen 25 1’23.732 0.931
6 Daniel Ricciardo 33 1’24.003 1.202
7 Fernando Alonso 24 1’24.259 1.458
8 Valtteri Bottas 41 1’24.299 1.498
9 Romain Grosjean 35 1’24.516 1.715
10 Jenson Button 28 1’24.549 1.748
11 Felipe Massa 20 1’24.556 1.755
12 Nico Hulkenberg 40 1’24.587 1.786
13 Sergio Perez 42 1’24.653 1.852
14 Esteban Gutierrez 33 1’24.674 1.873
15 Marcus Ericsson 25 1’24.981 2.18
16 Pascal Wehrlein 38 1’25.083 2.282
17 Carlos Sainz Jr. 31 1’25.240 2.439
18 Esteban Ocon 13 1’25.275 2.474
19 Kevin Magnussen 39 1’25.555 2.754
20 Daniil Kvyat 33 1’25.614 2.813
21 Felipe Nasr 31 1’25.643 2.842
22 Jolyon Palmer 45 1’25.833 3.032