Rosberg quickest, Hamilton delayed in FP2

Rosberg quickest, Hamilton delayed in FP2

5 September 2014 – Nico Rosberg was the fastest man during second practice for the Italian Grand Prix after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who ultimately recovered to complete a one-two, hit early technical trouble.

Hamilton's Mercedes failed to fire up at the start of the session, a problem that was later linked to the electronics and cost him an hour of running.

In the meantime, Rosberg worked his way down to a 1:26.225 on the Medium tyre, six hundredths up on Hamilton, who was baulked by Toro Rosso rival Jean-Éric Vergne through Parabolica on his best lap.

Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso ended a positive opening day for Ferrari on the team's home soil, classifying third and fourth respectively. But of more encouragement to the Scuderia will be the fact that Räikkönen was just a tenth adrift of Rosberg's time.

Importantly, Hamilton topped the overall Friday timesheets at Monza, courtesy of his Hard-tyre effort in FP1.

Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa broke into the top 10 for Williams after a low key first session, ending up fifth and ninth. Jenson Button, reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen split the pair.

McLaren drivers Button and Magnussen had shown strong pace on Primes, but dropped away on Options.

After his morning practice issues, Daniel Ricciardo was final man to break into the 1m26s in 10th position.

Force India's Sergio Pérez, making up for lost time in FP1, and Nico Hülkenberg followed in 11th and 12th, ahead of staggered Toro Rosso and Sauber drivers Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutiérrez, Vergne and Adrian Sutil.

Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton sandwiched Pastor Maldonado's Lotus, while the latter's team-mate, Romain Grosjean, endured a particularly torrid session en route to 20th, running wide on numerous occasions.

Caterham duo Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson completed a field covered by just over three seconds.

Saturday morning's final practice session at Monza begins at 11:00 local time (GMT +2)

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