2012 ITALIAN GP: FRIDAY RESULTS

FIRST FREE PRACTICE
Michael Schumacher set the fastest time for Mercedes in the first free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. With speculation surrounding the German's future beyond 2012 continuing in the paddock, Schumacher came out firing with a 1m25.422s lap that no one could get within 0.3 seconds of.
Pos       Driver              Team                Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes AMG           1:25.422            26
 2.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes       1:25.723  + 0.301   29
 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes AMG           1:25.762  + 0.340   26
 4.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                1:25.800  + 0.378   22
 5.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                1:25.861  + 0.439   27
 6.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:25.944  + 0.522   30
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault          1:26.046  + 0.624   25
 8.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari         1:26.323  + 0.901   26
 9.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault       1:26.390  + 0.968   24
10.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault       1:26.504  + 1.082   19
11.  Sebatian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1:26.508  + 1.086   18
12.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes   1:26.518  + 1.096   21
13.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault       1:26.641  + 1.219   26
14.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:26.746  + 1.324   23
15.  Jerome d'Ambroio     Lotus-Renault          1:27.180  + 1.758   29
16.  Jules Bianchi        Force India-Mercedes   1:27.192  + 1.770   22
17.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:27.373  + 1.951   25
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:27.789  + 2.367   24
19.  Heikki Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault       1:27.855  + 2.433   27
20.  Vitaly Petrov        Caterham-Renault       1:28.578  + 3.156   20
21.  Charles Pic          Marussia-Cosworth      1:28.751  + 3.329   21
22.  Timo Glock           Marussia-Cosworth      1:29.207  + 3.785   21
23.  Pedro de la Rossa    HRT-Cosworth           1:29.331  + 3.909   21
24.  Ma Qing Hua          HRT-Cosworth           1:31.239  + 5.817   26
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
Lewis Hamilton set the pace during second practice for the Italian Grand Prix after just edging Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, who were both within a tenth of a second of the lead McLaren. The top eight were all within 0.257s of Hamilton's time ahead of what looks likely to be a closely fought grand prix weekend.

The Mercedes engine appears to be strong at Monza, with all six of the Mercedes-powered cars in the top ten. Michael Schumacher finished the session in tenth place, but would have been higher up had it not been for a DRS failure at the start of the session.

The Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were 11th and 13th respectively, but were more competitive on high fuel as the teams did race simulations. McLaren, Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and Lotus were all able to post times in the 1:29 bracket.
Pos     Driver                Team                Time       Gap    Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:25.290            32
 2.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes       1:25.328  + 0.038   35
 3.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                1:25.348  + 0.058   17
 4.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                1:25.430  + 0.140   43
 5.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes AMG           1:25.446  + 0.156   41
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault          1:25.504  + 0.214   42
 7.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes   1:25.546  + 0.256   40
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes   1:25.547  + 0.257   36
 9.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari         1:26.068  + 0.778   32
10.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes AMG           1:26.094  + 0.804   38
11.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault       1:26.104  + 0.814   35
12.  Jerome d'Ambrosio    Lotus-Renault          1:26.157  + 0.867   36
13.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault       1:26.394  + 1.104   31
14.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault       1:26.404  + 1.114   42
15.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:26.724  + 1.434   33
16.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:26.730  + 1.440   17
17.  Bruno Senna          Williams-Renault       1:26.783  + 1.493   39
18.  Heikki Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault       1:26.841  + 1.551   39
19.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:26.864  + 1.574   36
20.  Vitaly Petrov        Caterham-Renault       1:27.222  + 1.932   36
21.  Timo Glock           Marussia-Cosworth      1:27.944  + 2.654   36
22.  Charles Pic          Marussia-Cosworth      1:27.968  + 2.678   36
23.  Pedro de la Rosa     HRT-Cosworth           1:28.575  + 3.285   34
24.  Narain Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth           1:28.779  + 3.489   21