Italian GP: Hamilton tops final practice, Rosberg sidelined with broken gearbox

Lewis Hamilton

With his teammate on the sidelines with a broken gearbox, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had no one to challenge for fast time in the final practice for the Italian GP at Monza. Hamilton improved his time to 1m25.519s on his last lap to lead Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 4/10th of a second.

They were followed by three Mercedes powered cars of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams, his teammate Felipe Massa and the McLaren of Jenson Button.

For the third practice session in a row Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull did not have reliability issues and hence he was faster than his teammate in all three sessions in 7th place.

Rosberg's gearbox issue, which appeared to be his electronics meant he didn't complete a timed lap in that session. He's on his back foot going into qualifying.

Results

Pos Driver Car/Engine Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m25.519s 0.000s 23
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari/Ferrari 1m25.931s 0.412s 13
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m26.090s 0.571s 19
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.114s 0.595s 18
5 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.242s 0.723s 21
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m26.290s 0.771s 17
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m26.327s 0.808s 15
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.437s 0.918s 21
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m26.482s 0.963s 16
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m26.608s 1.089s 17
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m26.829s 1.310s 20
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.207s 1.688s 18
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.312s 1.793s 10
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.479s 1.960s 22
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.498s 1.979s 12
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.025s 2.506s 19
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m28.137s 2.618s 20
18 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m28.265s 2.746s 21
19 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m28.459s 2.940s 14
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m28.579s 3.060s 19
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m29.251s 3.732s 22
22 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes No Time No Time 3

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