' Lewis Hamilton
's Fernando Alonso
and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg
gave their teams hope that Red Bull might get a run for their money at Formula One racings 'cathedral of speed' Monza, during first practice on Friday morning, as they held runaway Belgian Grand Prix victor Sebastian Vettel
down to fourth place.
Hamilton topped the times for Mercedes with 1m 25.565s, 0.035s faster than crowd favourite Alonso who took his Ferrari round in 1m 25.600s. Rosberg was third in the second Mercedes on 1m 25.704s with Vettel on 1m 25.753s. Lotus
's Kimi Raikkonen
completed those below the 1m 26s barrier with 1m 25.941s. All of them ran Pirelli
's hard tyre.
and Jenson Button
had a fillip for McLaren
, as the company celebrates its 50th birthday, with sixth and seventh fastest times on 1m 26.007s and 1m 26.035s respectively. Button, however, is being investigated for unauthorised use of DRS. Right behind them, Mark Webber
recorded 1m 26.103s in the second Red Bull, then came Pastor Maldonado
in the lead Williams
on 1m 26.149s, Jean-Eric Vergne
's Toro Rosso on 1m 26.155s, and Esteban Gutierrez
on 1m 26.194s.
's Lotus was 12th on 1m 26.295s, chased by Daniel Ricciardo
's Toro Rosso on 1m 26.387s. Felipe Massa
came next with 1m 26.449s for Ferrari, with Paul di Resta
taking his Force India
round in 1m 26.594s ahead of Valtteri Bottas
's Williams on 1m 26.802s.
made his official F1 debut in Adrian Sutil
's Force India and did well to lap within half a second of Di Resta. The GP2 driver had one minor off after missing the first chicane, and completed his mornings work in 17th place on 1m 27.041s. Nico Hulkenberg
was hampered throughout the session by gearbox problems in his Sauber and was 18th on 1m 27.224s.
was Caterham's lead runner with 1m 27.818s ahead of Marussia
's Max Chilton
on 1m 27.869s. Heikki Kovalainen took over Giedo van der Garde
's CT03 to record 1m 28.192s, while Rodolfo Gonzalez
ran Jules Bianchi
s regular Marussia to post 1m 29.526s. (Formula1.com)