Hamilton suffers electrical gremlins at Monza

Fri Sep 5, 2014 1:55pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

MONZA Italy (Reuters) - Electrical gremlins held up Lewis Hamilton in Italian Grand Prix practice on Friday after the Mercedes driver had lapped more than half a second quicker than anyone else in the morning session.

The Briton, who retired from the race in Belgium 12 days ago after team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg hit the back of his car, missed an hour of the afternoon running as mechanics replaced sensors on his car.

Hamilton was still fastest overall on the day, with a best time of one minute, 26.187 seconds set before lunch. Rosberg was top of the afternoon timesheets with a best of 1:26.225, just ahead of his team mate.

"Hopefully I'll be able to have the full session tomorrow and get some good running," said Hamilton, who has had more than his share of mechanical problems this season while Rosberg has motored on.

"Monza is quite an important circuit to put the car at the front as it's very difficult to overtake here. It would be great to have a trouble-free qualifying tomorrow."

Jenson Button, Hamilton's former team mate at McLaren, was second fastest in the morning in 1:26.810 with Rosberg - who has never been on the Monza podium - pushed back to third in 1:26.995.

Hamilton is 29 points behind Rosberg in the championship with seven races remaining and is determined to claw his way back against his German rival, who was punished by the team for the Spa collision.

"I didn't feel 100 percent confident in the car, so I can't be happy with today and I have a lot of work to do tonight with the boys," said Rosberg.   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives on the track during the first practice session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini