Italian GP: Schumacher tops Practice 1

Heh British journalists, stuff it. He may be an old man by F1 standards but Schu beat Nico Rosberg yet again and was fastest in the mediocre Mercedes

Given the crappy car he is driving, at 43 years old he may still be the best driver in F1. Michael Schumacher set the fastest time for Mercedes in the first free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

With speculation started by the British media that Lewis Hamilton may replace him at Mercedes, Schumacher shut their mouths with a 1m25.422s lap that no one could get within 0.3 seconds of.

Second was Belgian GP winner Jenson Button (McLaren), followed by the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in third position.

Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest before blowing his Ferrari engine.

Alonso's teammate Felipe Massa was fifth ahead of Lewis Hamilton in sixth, Kimi Raikkonen seventh. Sergio Perez, Mark Webber and Pastor Maldonado completed the top 10.


Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m25.422s +0.000s 26
2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.723s +0.301s 29
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.762s +0.340s 26
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.800s +0.378s 22
5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m25.861s +0.439s 27
6. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m25.944s +0.522s 30
7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m26.046s +0.624s 25
8. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.323s +0.901s 26
9. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m26.390s +0.968s 24
10. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m26.504s +1.082s 19
11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m26.508s +1.086s 18
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.518s +1.096s 21
13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m26.641s +1.219s 26
14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.746s +1.324s 23
15. Jerome d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1m27.180s +1.758s 29
16. Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1m27.192s +1.770s 22
17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m27.373s +1.951s 25
18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m27.789s +2.367s 24
19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m27.855s +2.433s 27
20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m28.578s +3.156s 20
21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m28.751s +3.329s 26
22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m29.207s +3.785s 21
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m29.331s +3.909s 21
24. Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1m31.239s +5.817s 26

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