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Friday, September 7, 2012

Michael Schumacher tops Monza Free Practice 1 Timesheet

Photo courtesy of Mercedes AMG Media Centre
Michael topped the charts this morning in Free Practice 1 at Monza, with his team-mate Nico Rosberg third.  Jenson Button split the two Mercedes, three tenths of a second off Schumacher's pace and Fernando Alonso came in fourth. Massa, Hamilton, Kimi, Perez, Webber and Maldonado rounded out the top ten.  Bottas in the second Williams was only a tenth of s second off Maldonado's time, having driven a similar number of laps, a good run for him.

The next big story was Jerome D'Ambrosio making his Lotus Race Debut in place of Grosjean.  His time was 1.13 seconds off Kimi's pace as he got himself familiarised with the car and track.

The only other noteworthy occurrence was the appearance of Qing Hua Ma in the second HRT.  Delighted that he has made, I believe, his race weekend debut.  His time put him at the bottom of the table 2 seconds off his team-mate De la Rosa's pace.

Schumi's best time was 1m 25.422s, over three seconds off Vettel's 2011 pole position lap of 1m 22.275s.