Italian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Results, Times for Practice and Qualifying

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterSeptember 6, 2013

Italian F1 Grand Prix 2013: Results, Times for Practice and Qualifying

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    The 2013 Formula 1 season makes its last European stop at the iconic Italian track of Monza.

    Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel leads the pack going into the weekend, but there is a reported chance of rain on Sunday. With plenty of questions over tyres and personnel, there is plenty to play for at the Italian Grand Prix.

    Practice sessions for the race take place on Friday and Saturday ahead of qualifying, with the race set for Sunday.

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Qualifying: Vettel Takes 40th Pole of Career

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    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took pole for the Italian Grand Prix, round 12 of the Formula 1 World Championship and the last leg of the European season.

    The reigning world champion now gives himself a great chance of extending his championship lead at Monza on Sunday.

    German Vettel, champion for the last three seasons, took the 40th pole position of his career with a time of 1:23.755.

    Vettel won at Ferrari's home track in 2011 but that has been Red Bull's only podium here since they joined the sport in 2005.

    However they have a 1-2 on the grid with Mark Webber while Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg was a surprise third ahead of Vettel's main championship rival Fernando Alonso.

    Vettel holds a 46-point lead over Spaniard Alonso.

    Lewis Hamilton's quest for a fifth successive pole position did not go beyond Q2 as the Mercedes driver was only 12th fastest.

    Race stewards hit Force India driver Adrian Sutil with a three-place grid penalty for impeding Hamilton during qualifying, as confirmed by's Pete Gill.

    Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen - fourth in the Championship standings and one place behind Hamilton - also missed the final stanza of the qualifying process after ending in 11th place.

    #ItalianGP - Tiempos de la Q3

    — Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) September 7, 2013

    The full times can be found on the Eurosport website.

Free Practice 3: Vettel Dominant Again

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    Sebastian Vettel was quickest again in third and final practice for the Italian Grand Prix at a sunny Monza on Saturday morning.

    The German world champion produced a dominant performance in Friday's second practice and again set the pace ahead of afternoon qualifying.

    The Red Bull driver posted the quickest team of 1:24.360 in the final minutes of the session on a fresh set of soft tyres. 

    It was not faster than Friday's time but was 0.283 seconds faster than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

    Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber was a further three hundredths of a second back in third as Red Bull look to improve their record at Monza which has seen them secure just one podium since entering the sport in 2005.

    Vettel led for nearly all the season. Scot Paul Di Resta was the pacesetter in the opening 10 minutes but then suffered the first crash of the weekend after hitting the barrier after sliding into the gravel trap at Parabolica.

    #ItalianGP - Tiempos FP3

    — Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) September 7, 2013

    The full times can be found on the Eurosport website.

Free Practice 2: Vettel Sets the Pace

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    Sebastian Vettel returned to the top of the timesheets on Friday afternoon, a clear half a second ahead of the entire field. 

    The German has dominated the season, and laid down a marker to his rivals. His Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was the closest to him, but the world champion's 1:24.453 was the only lap under 1:25s on a dry afternoon at Monza.

    Behind Webber, however, the grid was still tightly packed.

    Teammates Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean posted identical times of 1:25.116, while behind them Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were all within a second of Vettel's leading time.

    It was a lively start to the afternoon session, with lap times key, but as the 90 minutes drew to a close the focus switched to race simulations, and teams settled into a rhythm.

    The ominous news was that Vettel looked absolutely assured in this part of practice as well, although Hamilton is expected to be a factor in qualifying despite a quiet afternoon.

    Classifica FP2 - - FP2 Time Sheets

    — Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) September 6, 2013

    The full times can be found on the Eurosport website.

Free Practice 1: Hamilton Quickest in Tightly Bunched Field

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    Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap on the first morning of practice at a sunny Monza, but in truth there was precious little to separate his Mercedes from the rest of the leading drivers.

    Fewer than two-tenths of a second separated Hamilton's 1:25.565 from Sebastian Vettel in fourth, with Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg splitting the duo.

    Even Felipe Massa, down in 14th, was within a second of Hamilton's time, suggesting there is little between the leading drivers and constructors.

    Nico Hulkenberg was one of the only drivers to suffer difficulties, with his gearbox getting stuck and forcing him to make a slow parade back to the pits in his Sauber.

    At the end of the session, there was some amusement as Massa almost slid into his teammate at the edge of the pits. He had arrived just too late for a practice start before the chequered flag came down, and had to have his car wheeled back to the garage.

    Alonso was waiting to do a practice start just beyond the pit lane light and Massa locked up trying to stop when the light went red #F1

    — ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) September 6, 2013

    Here are the lap times, as tweeted by Ferrari. You can see full times on the Eurosport website.

    Classifica FP1 - - FP1 Time Sheets

    — Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) September 6, 2013