Lewis Hamilton set fastest lap-time in opening practice for Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton took best a 1m24.670s to finish 0.463 seconds clear of his title rival and a massive 1.588s ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third for Ferrari — while team mate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth.
The Force India duo continued its latest good form with Nico Hulkenberg fourth and Sergio Perez, fresh from a season’s best fifth at the last race in Belgium, fifth, although Hulkenberg’s car suffers a fuel leak.
Vettel, racing at Monza for the first time as a Ferrari driver, went too fast into the first chicane and his rear wheels gave way.
“A bit greedy on the settings,” the German told his team over radio as he got going again. “Just lost the rear.”
Sainz lost control at the 180-degree Parabolica turn.
“I don’t know why I lost the car in the braking, but I’m OK,” he told Toro Rosso.
After frightening tire deterioration incidents for Rosberg and Vettel in Belgium two weeks ago and an ensuing investigation from sole supplier Pirelli, there was more worry from Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen.
After the Dutchman wobbled through Parabolica following only four laps on a set of medium rubber, he radioed his team, “I have no rear tires left. I’m having a lot of trouble with traction now.”
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz spins out; Mercedes spend remaining 2015 engine tokens; Both McLarens facing new grid drop and struggling for pace on track with Alonso 17th and Button 18th.