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BMW Sauber set initial pace at Monza 08 Sep 2006

Sebastian Vettel (GER) BMW Sauber Third Driver. F1 Testing, Day 1, Monza, Italy. 29th August 2006.

BMW Sauber took a one-two in the first practice session this morning for the Italian Grand Prix, with teenager Sebastian Vettel repeating his Turkish form to post 1m 23.263s right at the end and the team’s former Man Friday Robert Kubica backing him with 1m 23.745s.

They usurped the position Alexander Wurz had held for Williams for much of the hour-long session, the Austrian having lapped in 1m 23.868s.

Right at the end Kimi Raikkonen banged in 1m 24.037s for McLaren to snatch fourth place from Toro Rosso’s Neel Jani, who spun in Turn 9 before recording a best of 1m 24.196s.

Tiago Monteiro and Christijan Albers were sixth and eighth for Midland, sandwiching Red Bull’s Robert Doornbos. The former duo lapped in 1m 25.413s and 1m 25.766s respectively, the latter in 1m 25.578s. Giorgio Mondini took the third Midland round in 1m 28.444s for 12th.

Three Super Aguris ran; Takuma Sato took his to 1m 26.708s, ahead of Sakon Yamamoto on 1m 27.310s and Franck Montagny on 1m 27.597s.

Honda’s Italian campaign got off to the worst possible start when Anthony Davidson’s engine exploded going through the Lesmos on his out lap. The session was red flagged as the stricken RA106 was craned on to a flatbed and carted away.

Neither of the Renaults or the race Hondas, nor Michael Schumacher, ran at all, and the rest all did just installation laps. Expect far more action this afternoon.