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Hamilton, Rosberg set the pace in Monza practice

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton outpaced teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.193 seconds to top the second practice at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Friday. Nico Rosberg topped the morning session with Lewis Hamilton in P2.

Both drivers ran the soft and super soft compound tyre in the morning session. Lewis Hamilton ran the super soft and the soft compound tyres while Nico Rosberg ran the super soft and the medium in the afternoon session.

Team Ferrari were Mercedes' closest rivals, with Sebastian Vettel beating teammate Kimi Raikkonen to third place by two-tenths of a second.

Team Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo moved into contention with fifth and sixth fastest times, respectively.

After some early technical issues, Fernando Alonso was the seventh fastest time for Team McLaren-Honda. Team-mate Jenson Button was 10th. Valtteri Bottas took the eighth spot for team Williams ahead of Romain Grosjean for team Haas.

Hamilton said, "It's been a really good day. Monza is always an amazing track to drive and the fans always come out to show their support. We made good progress through our programme across the two sessions and our long run pace felt good. We split the tyre compounds between Nico and myself so we could learn as much as possible going into qualifying and the race and we're looking quite strong. We've still got some work to do this evening to analyse all the data and prepare the car but I'm confident we can take the fight to the rest of the grid."

Rosberg added, "The car felt pretty good during P1 but we need to work on the balance of the car overnight as the one lap pace didn't feel 100% during P2. We also need to analyse the data from running all three tyres across the two sessions. Still, it's great to be back here at Monza, the tifosi always come out in force to show their support and it's great news that we'll be coming back here for at least the next three years."