Monza Practice 2: Vettel blows them away as Red Bull dominate 6 September, 2013 Sebastian Vettel fastest of all on day one at Monza If Monza is the temple of speed then Sebastian Vettel was the high priest on Friday as he powered his Red Bull to the top of the timing screens by a huge margin on the opening day of the Italian Grand Prix weekend. Not even his teammate Mark Webber, who ended the session second best, was 0.623 seconds down on his world champion teammate – a mighty gap considering that in the morning session the top 15 were separated by a second. With the Red Bull duo hogging the top spots on the timing screens, best of the rest was Kimi Raikkonen in the heavily revised (longer wheelbase) Lotus with teammate Romain Grosjean fourth fastest setting an identical time to the sister car, making it a top four lock-out by Renault powered cars. Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest Fernando Alonso continued to show promise, a boost for Ferrari hopes on home soil, with the fifth fastest time with teammate Felipe Massa eighth fastest after being out of the top ten in the morning session. Although Lewis Hamilton topped FP1, and was again faster than his teammate Nico Rosberg, the Briton – on a hot streak of four consecutive pole position starts – will be wondering how he will be able contain the Red Bulls as he was almost a second down on their hot lap pace. Hamilton and Rosberg with sixth and seventh respectively. McLaren appear to have edged towards the front of the pecking order, now in sniffing distance of the top guns and possibly a step ahead of the midfield regulars. Jenson Button was ninth and teammate Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten. Fernando Alonso looking good on ‘home’ soil The high speed nature of Monza invariably causes hot stopping moments, and in FP2 even the likes of Hamilton and Alonso had their ‘big moments’. At the end of a busy day at one of the legendary venues of motorsport it appears that Red Bull have an edge which will prompt some serious head scratching among their rivals as they attempt to contain the gap. Italian Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 – Friday, 6 September 2013 Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.453 39 2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.076 0.623 39 3 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:25.116 0.663 36 4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:25.116 0.663 40 5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.330 0.877 38 6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.340 0.887 39 7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.367 0.914 42 8 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:25.519 1.066 29 9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.532 1.079 42 10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.627 1.174 39 11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.830 1.377 40 12 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.888 1.435 40 13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:26.028 1.575 37 14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.138 1.685 36 15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:26.224 1.771 32 16 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:26.385 1.932 43 17 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:26.599 2.146 39 18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:27.198 2.745 44 19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.548 3.095 30 20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:27.696 3.243 37 21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:27.771 3.318 38 22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.057 3.604 32 Related NewsMonza must accept new contract terms warns EcclestoneFormula 1 world says no Monza would be huge lossMugello could replace Monza on F1 calendarMonza to invest €10 million after Ecclestone threatEcclestone warns that Monza could fall off F1 calendarOnly a red race suit will stop Vettel boos at Monza says SchumacherRed Bull baffled by Monza gearbox problems reveals NeweyAlonso: We need to be lucky and we need to have some DNFs from SebastianHamilton: I need to win every race which is the tallest order ever but I can tryWebber: Sebastian won the race and the atmosphere is not completely correct KC It’s deja vu all over again. Hamilton for pole tomorrow, and he will say he is “surprised” to be there. Ploops @KC, Given that Nico Rosberg doesn’t get on pole, it must be a sneaky trick of Mercedes to make Lewis look good. Or he just is. Oh wait, last race he said he’d fall back into the clutches of Red Bull and… It happened. So what was that? Telling the truth?!?!