Italian GP practice as it happened

Text and video highlights of second practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where Sebastian Vettel was fastest.

6 September 2013 Last updated at 16:13

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  1. 1455: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    I'll be back tomorrow at 0930 BST to bring you live coverage of third and final practice from Monza before qualifying at 1300.

    Sebastian Vettel looks to be in control in Italy, but Lotus look close with Mercedes and Ferrari sure to hit back when it matters later in the weekend. Until tomorrow, it's good afternoon from me. Ciao.

  2. 1450: 

    And here's Andrew Benson's second practice report plus highlights from the first session. Expect highlights of the second session to appear on the F1 pages later this afternoon.

  3. 1443: 

    Keep an eye on the F1 pages throughout the day for interviews, news and analysis from the Monza paddock.

    If you've got some spare time Andrew Benson's piece on the challenges facing Daniel Ricciardo as he moves to Red Bull is worth a read.

    And have you every wondered what it's like to be Sebastian Vettel's team-mate? Well I asked his ex-Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastien Bourdais to find out.

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    Sean Barron: Hmm. The 2 Mercs didn't seem too confident in P2, but then again they never do and always seem to pull it out of the bag.

  5. 1438: 
    SECOND PRACTICE RESULTS

    1) Vettel 2) Webber 3) Raikkonen 4) Grosjean 5) Alonso 6) Hamilton 7) Rosberg 8) Massa 9) Button 10) Perez 11) Di Resta

    12) Gutierrez 13) Sutil 14) Maldonado 15) Vergne 16) Hulkenberg 17) Ricciardo 18) Bottas 19) Chilton 20) Pic 21) Van der Garde 22) Bianchi

  6. 1432: 

    If you take Sebastian Vettel out of the equation, things are quite close with Mark Webber in second down to Jenson Button in ninth separated by four tenths. But at the moment, Vettel looks like he's in a different league.

  7.   
    Allan McNish, BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "I think tomorrow will be a lot closer than we see there, with Vettel holding a sixth tenths lead over the field. Vettel's rivals really need to get on the front row if they are going to challenge him for victory."

  8. 1430: 
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    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in second practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

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  10.   
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "We've seen a couple of gearbox problems - the cars are so light when rising over kerbs that when it hits the floor again a reverse torque goes through gearbox and damages them."

  11. 1424: 
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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton goes off-roading at the Parabolica, kicking up some dust and bouncing across the gravel before rejoining. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is off the track at the second Lesmo after turning in too early, but continues.

  12.   
    Allan McNish, BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "Ferrari are not on the pure pace of the Red Bulls at the moment. Vettel and Webber look pretty consistent."

  13. 1417: 

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa reports that he's got a problem with his gearbox. His race engineer Rob Smedley warns his charge to drive carefully back to the pits, ensuring he drops straight from second to neutral when he gets to the pits.

  14. 1415: 

    It's pretty warm at Monza, with the air temperature hovering around 30C and the track temperature a toasty 44C.

  15. 1410: 

    Fernando Alonso is over a second slower than Sebastian Vettel on his long run on the medium tyre according to BBC F1 commentator James Allen - but we don't know the fuel levels, of course.

  16. 1405: 

    Lewis Hamilton makes an error down at Turn One, and decides against trying to make the corner. Instead he weaves around the zig-zag barriers and rejoins the circuit.

  17. 1400: 

    With 30 minutes remaining, here's how they stand: Vettel leads by over six tenths from Red Bull team-mate Webber. Raikkonen is third ahead of Lotus team-mate Grosjean with Alonso fifth. Hamilton, Rosberg, Massa, Button and Perez complete the top 10.

  18. 1356: 

    Having done his quick lap on the medium tyres, Sebastian Vettel, who leads the pack by 0.623 seconds, is focusing on a longer run and lapping very competitively in the 1m28s.

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    Kimi Raikkonen gets a wheel on the dirt as he rounds Parabolica. That sucks his Lotus into the gravel and causes the rear end to wiggle. The Finn regains control, guiding his Lotus back on track. Those tyres won't be in very good shape now, though.

  20. 1349: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes third quickest, 0.663 seconds off the pace. His Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean then clocks exactly the same time, but goes fourth as Raikkonen set the time first.

  21. 1343: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso improves to the third fastest time, but he's still 0.877 seconds off the pace set by championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton goes fourth, a few thousandths further back.

  22.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The highest speed we have seen so far on the speed traps is Daniel Ricciardo - 211 mph."

  23. 1341: 

    Charles Pic's engineer asks him where he is struggling with understeer. "Everywhere," replies the Caterham driver. Oh dear.

  24. 1337: 
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    New TV pictures introduced at Monza show thermal footage of the heat going through the tyres - here on Paul Di Resta's Force India. The yellow shows that the most energy is going through the left-hand front tyre as the Scot tackles a right-hand corner.

  25. 1333: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes even faster, the reigning world champion dipping down into the 1m24s to extend his lead to 0.623 seconds over Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in second. Nico Rosberg has leapt in front of Lewis Hamilton into third, with Fernando Alonso fifth.

  26. 1328: 

    Force India reserve driver James Calado on his running in first practice: "I'm over the moon to be here. I made no mistakes and gave some good feedback to the team. Monza's very tough on brakes. It is unstable, especially when the tyres get old."

  27. 1325: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel continues to lead the way at the top of the timesheets with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber 0.215 seconds adrift. Lewis Hamilton goes third, three tenths further back.

  28. 1322: 

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner on Mark Webber's Kers change: "There was an issue at end of last session, we didn't like the look of. The guys did a great job to turn it around to get him out quickly in this session. He's about five minutes behind in his programme, but he's catching that up now."

  29. 1318: 

    Good news Mark Webber fans. The Australian is out and about and straight down to business. The 27-year-old clocks a 1:25.693 to go third fastest in his Red Bull at a gloriously sunny Monza.

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    Naina Majid: Bit annoying how Webber always seems to have Kers issues at least it's not in the race.

  31. 1316: 

    Nico Rosberg nips into second in his Mercedes, but Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has just improved to lead by 0.661 seconds. Kimi Raikkonen is down to third, with Fernando Alonso fourth in his Ferrari.

  32. 1313: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes quickest in the Red Bull, one tenth clear of Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus. Jenson Button has popped his McLaren up into third, ahead of Romain Grosjean's Lotus.

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    Rob Manifield: If Kimi Raikkonen was to go to Ferrari, who would take his seat at Lotus? I'd personally like to see Paul Di Resta get that seat.

  34. 1310: 

    Kimi Raikkonen has a sort of half spin into the first chicane, but continues. Further round the lap, Jean-Eric Vergne pushes a bit too hard in the first Lesmo corner and bounces onto the grass, before coaxing it back onto the Tarmac.

  35.   
    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The end of the pit straight to the first chicane is biggest stop of the year, where cars go down from 330kph to about 90kph."

  36. 1307: 

    Both Red Bulls, Ferraris and Lewis Hamilton look content to sit the opening few minutes of this session out. For Mark Webber, he may have a longer wait than usual as the team are changing his Kers battery.

  37. 1303: 

    James Allen and Allan McNish are in the commentary box on BBC Two and on this page right now, with Gary Anderson and Jennie Gow in the pit lane. Kimi Raikkonen sets the early pace, clocking a 1:25.725, 0.975 seconds clear of Sergio Perez in the McLaren.

  38. 1300: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Britain's Max Chilton heads out on track to get this session under way.

  39. 1253: 
    Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard

    McLaren marked their 50th anniversary this week by showcasing a number of iconic McLaren cars, driven by - among others - the team's current drivers, including Jenson Button, as well as former McLaren team-mates Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. You can watch a full feature on this during Sunday's BBC One coverage and also go to the BBC Sport Facebook page and share your favourite McLaren moment in Formula 1 history.

  40. 1249: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Drive for Ferrari and you become an instant icon for millions of Italians. So it's no surprise then that Fernando Alonso is a man in demand at Monza. The place is packed out with fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the Spaniard - or even meet the man himself.

  41. 1245: 
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  42. 1240: 
    Monza

    It's a busy weekend for James Calado, who recently signed a deal to become Force India's reserve driver. The Briton jumped in Adrian Sutil's car for first practice, finishing 17th fastest, four tenths off Paul Di Resta, and then headed over to the GP2 paddock for practice before qualifying later this afternoon.

  43.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson:

    "The first session was tight, as you would expect. It's always been that way at Monza - the drivers spend 70% of the lap on full throttle, so there are only a few places where they can make the difference. Mercedes look to have a good low-downforce package, and Red Bull are where you'd expect - the skinniest rear wing, the team making use of the great underbody downforce their car produces. I think there is more to come from Ferrari. They were back-to-backing front wings and I'm told they have a new rear wing to try in the second session, when the rubber has built up a bit and the track is more representative."

  44.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Everyone in F1 knows that individual lap times in practice are not necessarily a good arbiter of absolute pace, and sometimes you can get a better clue from the theoretical best laps of each driver - established by adding up their best sector times from the session (the lap is split into three sectors for timing purposes). Do that, and Lewis Hamilton was still fastest in P1 but his margin grows from 0.035secs to 0.349secs - a significant leap. Just as interestingly, the order behind him changes. On the timesheets, it was Hamilton-Alonso-Rosberg-Vettel. But on theoretical best performance, it is Hamilton-Vettel-Rosberg-Alonso. But it is so close - Vettel was just 0.002secs faster than Rosberg, who was the same margin ahead of Alonso."

  45. 1236: 

    The second session - which lasts 90 minutes - gets under way at 1300 BST, with TV coverage starting on BBC Two five minutes before.

  46. 1233: 

    Lewis Hamilton, whose dog Roscoe has made an appearance in the Monza paddock, topped the times in the morning session, edging out Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari.

  47. 1230: 

    Hello, I was hoping you'd be back. We've got second practice for the Italian Grand Prix coming up. Excited? Thought so.

  48. 1045: 

    Right then, I'm off for a quick break but will be back at 1230 BST to begin building up to the second practice session of the day. In the meantime, the latest edition of Murray's Memories - which focuses on the 1995 Italian Grand Prix where Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill collided and Johnny Herbert picked up the pieces to steal victory. Enjoy.

  49. 1040: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's first practice report with thoughts from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner who says a "podium would be a good result for us this weekend".

  50. 1036: 
    FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS

    1) Hamilton 2) Alonso 3) Rosberg 4) Vettel 5) Raikkonen 6) Perez 7) Button 8) Webber 9) Maldonado 10) Vergne 11) Gutierrez

    12) Grosjean 13) Ricciardo 14) Massa 15) Di Resta 16) Bottas 17) Calado 18) Hulkenberg 19) Pic 20) Chilton 21) Kovalainen 22) Gonzalez

  51. 1033: 

    Fernando Alonso gave the Tifosi something to smile about with the second fastest time ahead of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes.

  52. 1030: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

  53. 1029: 

    Fernando Alonso drives through the pit lane and parks up at the end ready to do a practice start. Ferrari's Felipe Massa heads out of his pit box and trundles off to do the same thing, but he slams on the brakes when the red light flickers on to signal the end of the session as to try and avoid a penalty.

  54. 1025: 

    Romain Grosjean enters the first chicane a bit too quick, locking the right front before easing off the brakes and taking the run-off rather than trying to make the corner. The Frenchman is 12th fastest, seven tenths off the pace and four tenths adrift of his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

  55.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Bernie Ecclestone has released a draft 2014 F1 schedule to the teams and it has been leaked to some media - including the BBC. The headlines are that New Jersey is out - no big surprise there, even if there are big regrets - but that Mexico City is in, along with expected new races in Austria and Russia. Mexico is listed as provisional on the basis that the circuit is not yet ready and they have not yet struck a commercial deal with F1.

    "There is scepticism that a track last used for F1 in 1992 can be ready in a year's time but McLaren's Mexican driver Sergio Perez does not share it. 'I've been there often, so I know how good the race track is,' Perez said. 'They need to rebuild it, but there is enough time. [It will need] a couple of months' flat-out work. I think that's why it's so important for our country to start working on it and get the final contract. I think they have to change the pits to make them proper for Formula 1, a few corners maybe, and apart from that I don't think they have to do big things to be ready. Indycars [Champ Car] raced there some time ago, so I think the run-off is big enough.'"

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  57. 1019: 

    Good effort from Britain's James Calado who is 17th quickest at the moment, 1.476 seconds off the pace and just four tenths off Force India regular driver Paul Di Resta.

  58. 1014: 

    Nico Rosberg has moved into third in the Mercedes, 0.139 seconds off the leading pace set by team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

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    Well it's likely to be dry for the rest of today and into tomorrow but there is a chance of rain for qualifying and race day. Here's the full forecast.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Sauber are pressing ahead with plans to run Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin next year, even though he is only 18 and very inexperienced. Sirotkin, who owes his chance to the Swiss team's new Russian partners, is in Monza getting a taste of F1 and the team revealed they have a big testing programme planned for him in the coming months - probably in their 2011 car, which does not break F1s testing rules. 'We are working on putting together the testing programme for him because you are allowed to test with an older car,' said team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. 'We have more or less finalised the dates, we just have to look at certain availabilities. We are planning [the start of testing] for the end of October.' Sirotkin himself sounded confident that he would be fully prepared by next March. 'I still have half a year,"' he said. 'I still need to finish my World Series season and if everything goes right I will be more than ready for the first race." He can hardly say anything else, can he?"

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    Big moment for Pastor Maldonado coming into Ascari. He locks up the right front, the rear end then steps out and it's good driving from the Venezuelan that's he able to wrestle back control. He's not able to avoid the gravel, though, the Williams bouncing across but well clear of the barriers.

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    Force India: Paul heads out. Aero measurements taken on both front & rear wing as part of the aero set-up optimisation work.

  63. 0955: 

    So with a little over 35 minutes remaining, Lewis Hamilton leads Fernando Alonso by 0.298 seconds with Sebastian Vettel a half a tenth further back. Nico Rosberg is fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen fifth and Sergio Perez sixth. The top 13 are separated by just over 1.3 seconds.

  64.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Lewis Hamilton

    "Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the last four races and his Mercedes team have done so in seven of the last eight. So Hamilton must be a strong favourite to qualify at the front again. He was expecting to have a strong race in Spa two weeks ago, but faded to third behind Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Mercedes have tweaked their low-downforce package for Monza to try to eke out a bit of performance and Hamilton says in his BBC Sport column this week he is "hopeful" he can win. Although he admits Vettel and Alonso will be 'tough' to beat."

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    5 live commentary box at Monza
  66. 0954: 

    Lewis Hamilton has to take the escape road at the second chicane after locking up, bumping over the sleeping policeman before rejoining the track. The Mercedes driver is currently sixth quickest, three tenths off the pace.

  67. 0953: 

    Jenson Button is under investigation for unauthorised use of DRS. The McLaren is currently in the garage with a team of mechanics working on the rear wing so perhaps there's a problem.

  68. 0950: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso delights the fans by clocking the fastest first and second sectors on his way to the top of the timesheets. The Spaniard then peels into the pits for a front wing change.

  69.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "In Spa two weeks ago, Mark Webber rather spoiled Red Bull's attempts to persuade people they were still considering other drivers when he told Australian television that: 'The decision is made. We all know who it is. I'm happy with that decision. It's good for him and it's good for Australia.' On Thursday, he expanded on what it means for their collective home country - and gave an indication that he expects big things of Ricciardo in a Red Bull next year: 'It has been 60 years and only three race winners in this sport (from Australia) and always big gaps between Sir Jack (Brabham), AJ (Alan Jones) and myself. Now it looks like Daniel will make the winning continue. I took the championship to the last race (in 2010). Maybe he can go one better and actually win it. That would be the ultimate for our country. The long and short of it is he deserves the drive - also we have talent coming through into the top seats and not paying. Daniel is strong, he's deserved the chance and that's great.'"

  70. 0944: 

    Sebastian Vettel blasts to the top of the time sheets, getting down into the 1m25s with Kimi Raikkonen 0.089 seconds off the pace. Pastor Maldonado gets it wrong at Turn One, locking up a tyre and being forced into navigate the zig-zag barriers in the run-off before rejoining the track.

  71. 0942: 

    No lap time from Lewis Hamilton or Paul Di Resta yet. Fernando Alonso has just crossed the line for the first time, clocking a 1:27.204 which is good enough for 12th, 1.290 seconds off the pace.

  72. 0940: 

    Sergio Perez is our new leader, the Mexican going quickest with a 1:26.007, 0.049 seconds faster than Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

  73.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "If he does not get the Ferrari seat, Kimi Raikkonen's only realistic option is to stay at Lotus - or quit. He and Lotus have made it clear that he wants them to prove to him that they can continue to be a force next season, despite the uncertainty that has been created by the departure of technical director James Allison to Ferrari and the delay in paying him some of his earnings. He did not sound like that was going especially well. 'They know the reasons why there is no going forward right now, and until they sort out those issues we cannot talk about next year,' he said. 'It is as simple as that. They know exactly the reasons.' Many will read that as: 'Pay up or I'm off.'"

  74. 0931: 

    Jenson Button improves to a 1:27.715 to stay top, with McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez a couple of tenths off the pace in second.

  75.  
    COVERAGE

    Coverage for the Italian GP this weekend is live across the BBC - on TV, radio & online. Second practice is on BBC Two at 1300 BST and online, along with the live text commentary.

    Final practice is on BBC Two from 0955 BST tomorrow, as well as online and 5 live sports extra. Qualifying is live on BBC One from 1210 BST, on 5 live at 1300 and online.

    Race coverage on Sunday is on BBC One from 1210 BST, on 5 live at 1300 and here online. The F1 Forum is at 1515 on the Red Button and online.

    TV highlights are on BBC Three at 1900 BST and on the Red Button.

    And don't forget all the lovely extra camera streams available online during qualifying and the race, including the pit lane feed, driver tracker, on-board, timing screens and alternative commentary.

    For more information on what's available on Red Button, connected TV and alternative camera views, check out the BBC F1 homepage.

  76. 0929: 
    5 LIVE FORMULA 1

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live F1's James Allen & Jennie Gow looking ahead to Monza in their preview show, and hear from Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, available now on the BBC F1 hompage.

  77. 0927: 

    Jenson Button crosses the line in 1:29.494 to go quickest. "We need to go down on the front wing, very oversteery, especially through Ascari," reports the McLaren driver.

  78.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "This is the time of year when everyone is focused on who drives where next year. It's called the 'silly season' - because all manner of daft rumours get punted about. One of the focuses has been whether Jenson Button will drive for McLaren again next year - partly because he himself said in Belgium two weeks ago that he had not yet signed his option. He admitted a couple of days later, in front of team boss Martin Whitmarsh, that saying that had been 'a bit naughty'. The facts are that McLaren have an option on Button - not the other way around - and they have every intention of taking it up."

  79. 0921: 

    Rodolfo Gonzalez is the first man to set a lap time, clocking a 1:30.795 in his Marussia. McLaren's Jenson Button is weaving ferociously down the straight on the approach to the Parabolica as he trying to get heat into the tyres ahead of his first timed lap.

  80.  

    Williams: The high speed nature of #Monza demands a specific aero package and our focus this morning is on aero evaluations.

  81.   
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson:

    "Lotus in their update have moved the wheels forward, probably by my estimation about 100m. That means a new top and bottom wishbone and pushrod. It's quite a big job. The positives are the front wheels end up being further away from the leading edge of the sidepod. The front wheels cause a lot of turbulence and you are trying to get that under control before it hits the downforce-producing devices under the car. It's also better in braking, which is crucial in this circuit; it means less weight transfer. It could be insignificant in ultimate performance but it could save the tyres a little bit under breaking. They are going to be doing back-to-back tests during these practice sessions."

  82. 0915: 

    There's still lots of talk about driver moves for next season following Red Bull's announcement that Daniel Ricciardo will join the team alongside Sebastian Vettel next season.

    Force India's Paul Di Resta is one man who has yet to announce his plans for next year: "I have nothing at the moment," he told BBC F1's Lee McKenzie. "I'm relatively happy with where I am, but I'm looking to get in a car which can win races. Hopefully my team are doing the work in the background."

  83.  

    Ferrari: Already a lot of people on the stands and a lot of passion for Ferrari. Thank you for your support!

  84. 0910: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been out for their installation laps, as has Mark Webber in the Red Bull. The track then falls silent before reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel heads out for a spin.

  85.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Fulsome praise for the fifth British driver in this practice session from former F1 driver and BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish. James Calado is having his first run at a grand prix as Force India's third driver, and will fulfil the role at many of the remaining races this season. McNish says Calado has always shown the talent to succeed - losing out in British Formula Three to current Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne and in GP3 to Williams driver Valtteri Bottas. 'He has won races, if not necessarily championships, and I think that's because he has always done well in his first year in a category and his career has had to move on as a result. He is well capable of getting the best out of this opportunity on Fridays.'

  86. 0908: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso takes some time to wave to the fans as he makes his way round the 5.793km Monza circuit on his installation lap. Nice touch.

  87. 0903: 

    Max Chilton is the first man out in his Marussia. The Briton is soon joined by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean and the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.

  88.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "One thing to look out for this weekend is an update on Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus. The team have lengthened its wheelbase, by changing the front suspension geometry and moving the wheels forward, in an attempt to find more downforce. Gary Anderson will be keeping an eye on its progress."

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  90. 0900: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The green light flickers on at the end of the pit lane to signal the start of first practice, a 90-minute session.

  91.  

    Williams race team manager Dickie Stanford: Track temp 30. Air temp 26. Wind speed 8 kph.

  92. 0855: 

    Reach for your remotes, folks - or hit play on the video at the top of this page. The Chain is ringing out on BBC Two...

  93.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Monza has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Red Bull, and on paper the track should give Ferrari a chance to compete at the front. But Sebastian Vettel took a dominant victory in Spa two weeks ago, and pointed out that he did the same in Canada, another low-ish downforce track. 'On medium downforce tracks like Canada and Spa we have been very, very competitive this year,' Vettel said, rather ominously. 'We had two excellent races. Monza is low downforce, another step down, but we know this is one of the circuits where we have struggled a lot in previous years. We have to focus on the small steps and then we will see if the package is competitive, but we should have a good weekend.' Vettel is not one to release his foot from a rival's throat even when the struggle is almost over. 'There is always a chance to win even if it looks difficult,' he said."

  94. 0852: 

    Daniel Ricciardo is all smiles - although when isn't he? - over in the Toro Rosso garage. He fastens his knee guards in place and then zips up his suit before reaching for his helmet. The start of the session is nearly upon us, folks.

  95. 0848: 
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  96.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Can you win on Sunday? That was the question everyone wanted to ask Fernando Alonso on Thursday. Not just as a Ferrari driver at Monza, but because a 46-point deficit to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in the championship almost demands it. The man himself professed himself 'optimistic', and said he 'arrived with confidence and ready to fight'. He added: 'The realistic target is to finish in front of Sebastian. That is the target we wanted in the last couple of grands prix. We didn't close the gap - we only closed the gap in Silverstone when he retired - so we need to change this situation and we will be happy to finish in front of him here in Monza and Singapore. And finishing in front of Sebastian means being on the podium minimum because we know how strong he is and how competitive Red Bull will be. So two podiums and finishing in front of Sebastian is the target for these next two grands prix, if we cannot do so and we keep losing points, obviously we need to start thinking of the 2014 project.'"

  97. 0845: 

    The F1 news cogs have been turning in the gap between races, with Red Bull at last announcing that Australian Daniel Ricciardo will replace Mark Webber and race alongside Sebastian Vettel next season.

    Britain's James Calado, who is competing in GP2, was named Force India reserve driver, plans for a race overlooking New York City next season have been shelved - oh and Fernando Alonso is diversifying as he looks set to buy a cycling team.

  98. 0842: 

    Talking of third drivers, James Calado will also be in action in the Force India, replacing Adrian Sutil for this session while Rodolfo Gonzalez steps into the Marussia in place of Jules Bianchi.

  99.  

    Caterham: Today we have @H_Kovalainen back in the car for FP1, this time in @GvanderGarde's CT03 with Giedo back for FP2 & the rest of the weekend.

  100. 0839: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    The last race, which took place at Spa in Belgium a couple of weeks ago, was a good one for Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver took a dominant victory to extend his championship lead to 46 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with eight races - and 200 points - left on the table. But Monza is Ferrari's homeland - so what better place can there be for Alonso and his team to begin the fight back?

  101. 0836: 
    TV COVERAGE

    The action gets under way at 0900 BST, with moving pictures hitting your screens on BBC Two and in the video console above at 0855.

  102.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Monza. The name resonates through the ages as a shorthand for much that is great about motor racing - a classic old circuit, a beautiful setting, a history stretching back nearly a century, triumphs and tragedies that are part of the fabric of the sport. There is no better place for F1 to say its goodbyes to Europe, before it heads off into the final seven races, out of which only two - Suzuka and Interlagos - can for now even begin to compare as venues, although Singapore and Austin have promise. Monza's adoring fans demand a Ferrari victory - and this weekend the team cannot afford not to deliver it. Fernando Alonso is entering the last-chance saloon in the championship and he has to win - or at the very least put some big points on runaway leader Sebastian Vettel."

  103. 0833: 

    Ciao everybody and a very warm welcome to our live coverage of first practice for the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.

  104. 0830: 
    Ferrari fans

    The howl of an F1 engine could very well be drowned by the booming vocal support of loyal Ferrari fans - otherwise known as Tifosi this weekend as we're at Monza - home of the Italian Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 215
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 194
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 106
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 97
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 103
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 82
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 77
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 59
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 39
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 30
11 Mexico S Perez Force India 44
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 19
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 19
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 12
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 6
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 1
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0

Results

Position Driver Team

First practice underway

1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
3 Mexico S Perez Force India
4 Finland V Bottas Williams
5 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
6 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
7 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
8 France J Bianchi Marussia
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
10 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
11 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
12 France R Grosjean Lotus
13 Great Britain J Button McLaren
14 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
17 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
18 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
19 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
20 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
21 Brazil F Massa Williams
22 Germany A Sutil Sauber

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