LIVE: F1 2014 – Italian Grand Prix – Free Practice Two


Monza FP1 Octane Photographic

Formula One has reached the high speed straights of Monza for the Italian Grand Prix and theCheckeredFlag.co.uk is providing live coverage of every session, continuing with Free Practice Two.

Keep your eyes peeled below for updates from the Milanese track as the one and a half hour session unfolds.

Joe Hudson September 5, 201412:56

The session is just five minutes away from starting under brighter skies than the first session this morning, will we see less lock ups with the warmer temperatures?

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:06

Times have already been set, and Daniil Kvyat has broken into the 1:28s to go fastest

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:10

Ricciardo is also back out following engine woes in the morning session

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:12

Magnussen currently topping the times with 13 drivers having recorded a flying lap

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:13

Lewis Hamilton’s car is not starting according to BBC’s Ted Kravitz, mechanics delving deep into it as I type

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:14

Rosberg making hay with a time of 1:27.500 with KMag 0.134 behind

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:14

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:16

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:17

As usual a few drivers are still finding their ideal braking spots, Ricciardo pushing a little too hard in to Turn One and outbraking himself

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:18

Magnussen improves in second place, just 0.009 seconds behind Rosberg

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:18

Raikkonen runs wide coming out of Ascari but manages to keep things going

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:20

Perez is fastest through the speed trap showing the Force India has a good balance between downforce and speed

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:20

The Tifosi will be happy with Alonso’s latest time which has put him in third place, just 0.096 seconds from Rosberg. Raikkonen just behind in fourth place

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:21

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:21

Alonso moves up to P1 with a 1:26.790

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:22

McLaren are showing strong pace in practice so far, Button currently second with Magnussen in fourth following a positive performance in FP1

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:23

Kobayashi and Gutierrez on track getting ready to complete a flying lap, Hamilton remains in the garage, all other drivers have set a time

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:25

Kobayashi two seconds off team mate Ericsson after five laps, locked up and went straight on at the second chicane

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:26

The Japanese driver improves by a second now, getting his eye back in after giving up FP1 for Merhi

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:28

Red Bull have been testing a low-drag set up and have a front wing with no winglets at Monza.

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:33

Lotus have been running a much skinnier wing today in an attempt to negate some of the speed they lose down the straights because of high downforce (Credit: Octane Photographic)

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:34

Kobayashi now faster than his team mate. That means that Ericsson has been beaten by three different team mates in the last two races (Lotterer, Merhi, Kobayashi)

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:36

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:39

3.696 seconds covers the whole field with Rosberg fastest and Ericsson slowest, Hamilton is still to turn a wheel as the Mercedes team work hard to fix the car

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:41

Bottas has just taken a big jump up to 2nd 0.5 seconds behind Rosberg

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:41

Sutil gets it all crossed up in the second chicane, manages to compose himself as he bangs over the curbs

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:42

Rosberg runs straight on at the first chicane

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:43

Alonso almost loses it going into the first chicane but just about holds it

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:44

Alonso jumps back over Bottas and into second place

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:45

Grosjean goes well into the gravel at Lesmo but manages to keep going

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:46

Jennie Gow reporting on the BBC that Mercedes have managed to fire up the engine on Lewis Hamilton’s car but still seems to be going nowhere

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:48

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:48

Jenson Button reporting a loss in grip on the rear end of his car

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:50

Alexander Rossi spoke to The Checkered Flag about leaving Caterham, joining Marussia and that weekend in Spa when he nearly made his F1 debut. You can read about it here: https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2014/09/alexander-rossi-timing-right-american-f1/

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:52

The gap between P1 and P21 has opened up now and is 4.257 seconds with Rosberg fastest with a 1:26.225 and Ericsson slowest with a 1:30.482

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:52

Raikkonen on a flyer to move up to second place, interesting to see that he used a little of the extra run off at Parabolica on that lap

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:56

Ericsson is on the move, only by one place but improves to a 1:29.275 to move within 0.097s of team-mate Kobayashi. Grosjean now the slowest driver of the session.

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:57

Raikkonen almost loses it coming out of the second chicane

Vince Pettit September 5, 201413:57

Ericsson has completed the most laps at 22, with Magnussen just one lap less in the session so far

Joe Hudson September 5, 201413:57

BBC reporting that Hamilton is getting into the car and might be coming out for the last 30 minutes. Electronics the issue

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:03

Hamilton is out on track now, setting a time of 1:27.352 to go 12th on his first flying lap

Vince Pettit September 5, 201414:04

For those wondering the difference in pace between an F1 car and a GP2 car the fastest time set in practice earlier today by Arthur Pic was 1:32.256, the current fastest lap in F1 practice is 1:26.225. You can read the GP2 practice report here – https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2014/09/pic-leads-vandoorne-gp2-monza-practice/

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:04

Grosjean off again at the first Lesmo, not as badly as last time

Vince Pettit September 5, 201414:05

If you missed FP1 earlier you can read our report of the session here – https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2014/09/hamilton-makes-bright-start-monza/

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:11

Hamilton goes fastest in the middle sector, but misses out by 0.06 meaning second place for him

Vince Pettit September 5, 201414:15

So service as normal with two Mercedes at the top of the table with Rosberg leading the way

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:16

Only Grosjean is in the pits, everyone else is out on track

Vince Pettit September 5, 201414:20

The drivers are definitely making use of the extended run off at Parabolica, onboards show Alonso running out on to the edge on the exit

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:21

Alonso overtakes a Marussia and overcooks it going into the first chicane – has to take to the escape road

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:25

Button tries for an overtake but brakes far too late and locks up the front wheels

Vince Pettit September 5, 201414:28

Magnussen has been pumping in the laps, he’s completed a total of 41 laps so far, the most of any of the drivers in the session

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:28

Rosberg overshoots the second chicane and takes to the escape route

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:29

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:31

The clock has ticked down to zero and it is Mercedes domination yet again. Top ten to follow now

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:32

1. Nico Rosberg
2. Lewis Hamilton
3. Kimi Raikkonen
4. Fernando Alonso
5. Valtteri Bottas
6. Jenson Button
7. Sebastian Vettel
8. Kevin Magnussen
9. Felipe Massa
10. Daniel Ricciardo

Vince Pettit September 5, 201414:32

Promising for Ferrari again in this session, that should keep the Tifosi happy

Joe Hudson September 5, 201414:34

Hamilton will be disappointed with his lack of running but potentially pleased that it seemingly didn’t affect his pace

Vince Pettit September 5, 201414:45

We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage of the Italian Grand Prix weekend so far, you can read a full report of FP2 here – https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2014/09/rosberg-edges-ahead-fp2-hamilton-hits-problems

We will be back tomorrow with FP3 and Qualifying, keep an eye out on site later today for all the latest news from the paddock and teams