Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monza, 2016

Mercedes head Monza time sheets

2016 Italian Grand Prix first practice

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Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on top in the first practice session at Monza as the team were among few to run the super-soft tyres in the first session.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Monza, 2016
Italian Grand Prix practice in pictures
Rosberg set his best time of 1’22.959 which was four-tenths of a second quicker than the best time seen last year, on the soft compound tyres. Lewis Hamilton made it a one-two for the silver cars, the pair separated by two-tenths.

The Ferrari drivers were a second in arrears as the home favourites set their best times on the slower soft compound tyres. Kimi Raikkonen was the quicker of the pair while Sebastian Vettel found he couldn’t get a quick second lap from the rubber late in the session.

The next two drivers both used the super-soft tyres to set their best times: Sergio Perez in the Force India (test driver Alfonso Celis drove theteam’s othercar) and Romain Grosjean for Haas. The second Haas also appeared in the top ten, Esteban Gutierrez three-tenths down on his team mate.

The two VF-16s were separated by Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, the latter testing the Halo device on his Red Bull. His team mate completed the top ten.

A largely uneventful session ended with Fernando Alonso limping back to the pits in his McLaren after an apparent technical problem.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1’22.95937
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’23.1620.20336
37Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’24.0471.08816
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1’24.3071.34817
511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’24.6501.69132
68Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’24.7631.80417
777Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’24.7851.82637
833Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’24.9822.02325
921Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’25.1132.15419
103Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’25.1202.16117
1122Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’25.3512.39223
1234Alfonso CelisForce India-Mercedes1’25.3672.40830
1314Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’25.5072.54814
1419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’25.8402.88118
159Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’25.8532.89420
1655Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’25.9733.01420
1726Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’26.0743.11520
1831Esteban OconManor-Mercedes1’26.3913.43230
1912Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’26.4393.48021
2094Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’26.7623.80328
2130Jolyon PalmerRenault1’26.8113.85235
2220Kevin MagnussenRenault1’26.9563.99732

First practice visual gaps

Nico Rosberg – 1’22.959

+0.203 Lewis Hamilton – 1’23.162

+1.088 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’24.047

+1.348 Sebastian Vettel – 1’24.307

+1.691 Sergio Perez – 1’24.650

+1.804 Romain Grosjean – 1’24.763

+1.826 Valtteri Bottas – 1’24.785

+2.023 Max Verstappen – 1’24.982

+2.154 Esteban Gutierrez – 1’25.113

+2.161 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’25.120

+2.392 Jenson Button – 1’25.351

+2.408 Alfonso Celis – 1’25.367

+2.548 Fernando Alonso – 1’25.507

+2.881 Felipe Massa – 1’25.840

+2.894 Marcus Ericsson – 1’25.853

+3.014 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’25.973

+3.115 Daniil Kvyat – 1’26.074

+3.432 Esteban Ocon – 1’26.391

+3.480 Felipe Nasr – 1’26.439

+3.803 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’26.762

+3.852 Jolyon Palmer – 1’26.811

+3.997 Kevin Magnussen – 1’26.956

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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12 comments on “Mercedes head Monza time sheets”

  1. Didn’t Rosberg set the 1:22 lap on softs on the return after the SS runs?

    1. Rosberg set his best time of 1’22.959 which was four-tenths of a second quicker than the best time seen last year, on the soft compound tyres.


      1. @coldfly I need a rest :-) This was in relation to the tweet that Pirelli posted saying how the times are faster than last year’s pole but only softs were used last year.

    2. Don’t feel too bad about it @evered7, it got me confused a bit too, before I got that both of them had done runs on the SSofts, but their quickest times were set on the softs, and therefore offer a good comparison to last year’s times.

  2. Blimey, that Renault really is slow :(

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  5. What were the top speeds? Did anyone hit 380 kph yet?

    1. No and I doubt they will.

  6. So you see, as far as Max is concerned, he has a halo over his head.

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