F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix: Hamilton sets Monza practice pace

PUBLISHED: 10:42 09 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:16 09 September 2011

Lewis Hamilton on track around the Monza circuit in Italy [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton on track around the Monza circuit in Italy [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

HOCH ZWEI

FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was fastest at Monza this morning (Friday) in first practice for the 2011 Italian Grand Prix.

The Herts-born Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star set the pace around the famous Italian track – being nearly a second quicker than team-mate Jenson Button.

After clocking a lap time of 1m 24.127s in the closing minutes of the first session, the McLaren pitwall told Hamilton: “You are currently the fastest car in every sector.”

Clearly feeling comfortable with the MP4-26’s set-up, Hamilton’s final lap of the morning was a very impressive 1m 23.865s – the best of the practice session.

Button was second-quickest on the timesheets in Italy, after shaving his best down to a 1m 24.786s.

Behind the McLaren men came the Red Bulls of F1 world championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Vitaly Petrov was fifth for Renault and Fernando Alonso sixth.


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