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Practice Two - Sutil and Force India lead the way in Italy 11 Sep 2009

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 11 September 2009 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault R29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 11 September 2009 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4/24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 11 September 2009 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB5.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 11 September 2009

Adrian Sutil swept the board on Friday afternoon at Monza, bettering Lewis Hamilton’s morning time of 1m 23.936s in the McLaren to set the fastest lap of the day for Force India.

Sutil did not run for a while, but then quickly began setting the pace and took back the advantage late in the hour-and-a-half session after Romain Grosjean had temporarily gone ahead for the Renault team, who are once more equipped with KERS.

The German lapped in 1m 23.924s, 0.239s ahead of Grosjean's 1m 24.163s. Renault’s Fernando Alonso was right behind his rookie team mate on 1m 24.297s, then came Heikki Kovalainen for McLaren on 1m 24.482s, Robert Kubica for BMW Sauber on 1m 24.622s, Timo Glock for Toyota on 1m 24.634s, Nick Heidfeld in the second BMW Sauber on 1m 24.693s, Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari on 1m 24.796s, Kazuki Nakajima for Williams on 1m 24.799s, Sebastien Buemi for Toro Rosso on 1m 24.884s, Hamilton on 1m 24.902s for McLaren, Vitantonio Liuzzi on 1m 24.921s for Force India, Jarno Trulli on 1m 24.967s for Toyota and Red Bull’s Mark Webber on 1m 24.979s.

As Red Bull team principal Christian Horner had remarked earlier, the times were so close that it was almost impossible to predict form prior to the session.

With Webber so far back (in relative terms, if not lap time, after an electrical problem cost him at least one run), team mate Sebastian Vettel only 18th on 1m 25.386s (as he looked to conserve engine mileage) and the Brawns 16th and 19th (Rubens Barrichello on 1m 25.140s and Jenson Button on 1m 25.424s), this may have been just another confusing day in which it would be dangerous to place too much store.

Jaime Alguersuari was 15th in the second Toro Rosso on 1m 25.003s, Williams’ Nico Rosberg 17th on 1m 25.215s, and at the back - ironic, this - was Giancarlo Fisichella in the second Ferrari, on 1m 25.543s.

Perhaps the true pattern will emerge on Saturday morning…