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Thu Apr 24 16:14:12 SAST 2014

Hamilton pips Alonso in final Monza practice

Reuters | 08 September, 2012 12:370 Comments
F1 Grand Prix of Italy - Practice
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives during practice for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 7, 2012 in Monza, Italy
Image by: Clive Mason / Getty Images

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari’s Formula One pacesetter Fernando Alonso by the blink of an eye in final practice for the Italian Grand Prix at a sunny Monza circuit on Saturday.

The Briton lapped the fastest track on the calendar with a best time of one minute 24,578 seconds, just 0,001 quicker than the Spaniard.

Hamilton was also fastest in Friday practice and will be gunning for McLaren’s third pole position in a row in later qualifying.

Alonso has a 24 point lead in the championship over Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel after 12 of the 20 races. Vettel pulled off the track late in the session, telling his team he had “no battery”.

Force India’s Paul Di Resta was third fastest but will collect a five place penalty on the starting grid for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, speculation swirling around his future at the team, lapped fourth fastest for his team’s home race with team president Luca di Montezemolo watching from the garages.

McLaren’s Jenson Button, winner at Spa last weekend, was fifth on the timesheets.

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