Adrian Sutil and the Force India Mercedes team topped the timesheets for the second straight session ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix with a best lap of 1:23.336s. The Silverstone-based team are chasing their second straight pole position following Giancarlo Fisichella
success at Spa Francorchamps.
Ironically, Fisichella’s dream move to Ferrari is not proving to be successful so far. Today the Italian veteran was slowest of the 20 runners again after crashing at the Parabolica mid-way though the session. After locking his front right wheel, the F60 skipped across the gravel and hit the tyre barrier. He was 16th best at the time and now heads into qualifying having missed the opportunity of a simulated qualifying run. Jenson Button
and the Brawn Mercedes team will be happy with their second fastest time, less than a tenth adrift of Sutil with Rubens Barrichello
close behind in fourth position. Nick Heidfeld
continued to show well in the BMW Sauber as he split the Brawn duo in third.
Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were fifth and sixth fastest respectively for McLaren Mercedes and will be a contenders for the pole this afternoon, while Tonio Liuzzi continues to show well on his return to Formula One in the second Force India.
The Italian was seventh fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso
, Timo Glock and Robert Kubica.
Romain Grosjean had a couple of wild moment on his way to the 11th best time in the second Renault ahead of Kimi Raikkonen
, Jarno Trulli
, Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Nico Rosberg.
Red Bull continues to struggle with a vibration issue forcing Mark Webber to sit out half of the session before positing the 17th best time ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. As ever, we do not know the fuel loads run in this session, but at 1.8 seconds off the ultimate pace, it is clear the team have a lot of work to do before qualifying.
Jaime Alguersuari also lost track time in his Toro Rosso with a gearbox issue. The Spanish rookie was 19th ahead of Fisichella.