Some had trouble getting the tyres to temperature quickly, others did not, while some believe warm weather in the race could lead to the risk of blistering and possible two-stop strategies. We take a team-by-team look at the early progress in Italy…
Nico Rosberg, 1m 26.995s, P3/1m 26.225s, P1
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 26.187s, P1/ 1m 26.286s, P2
No worries for Rosberg today, but Hamilton lost 65 minutes of FP2 in the garage as engineers fixed an electronic glitch that prevented his Mercedes from starting. His FP1 time was overall the fastest lap of the day, however, and in FP2 he was eventually only 0.061s adrift. Rosberg said he lacked ultimate confidence in his car and its long-run pace and that there’s work to do tonight. Niki Lauda confirmed that so far the brakes on both cars have been fine, on this circuit which places huge demands on the F1 W05 Hybrid’s acknowledged Achilles’ heel.
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 27.493s, P7/1m 26.331s, P3
Fernando Alonso, 1m 27.169s, P4/1m 26.565s, P4
No problems at Ferrari, under the watchful eyes of the tifosi, though Alonso had a little scare with the hint of a gremlin which turned out to be a false alarm. They got their aero and tyre work done, and were happy, but they know the weekend will get tougher for them.
Valtteri Bottas, 1m 28.148s, P12/1m 26.758s, P5
Felipe Massa, 1m 28.150s, P13/1m 26.935s, P9
Williams were off-beam in FP1 as they experimented with their latest aero programme, but got their act together in FP2 and Bottas said he was very happy with the behaviour of the car and it’s long-run pace. Massa said there’s work to do on his car tonight.
Jenson Button, 1m 26.810s, P2/1m 26.762s, P6
Kevin Magnussen, 1m 27.228s, P5/1m 26.881s, P8
McLaren looked quite good all day on this lowest of downforce circuits. Magnussen was happy with his braking and straight-line performance, as was Button, but the Dane was the happier when it came to race pace.
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 27.271s, P6/1m 26.762s, P7
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 28.487s, P16/1m 26.992s, P10
Vettel was the lead runner in both sessions, as Ricciardo lost part of FP1 with a power unit problem.
Sergio Perez (part am), 1m 27.687s, P8/1m 27.079s, P11
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 28.112s, P10/1m 27.227s, P12
Daniel Juncadella (part am only), 1m 29.192s, P17
Perez only did the final 20 minutes of FP1, but went eighth quickest, while Juncadella did another good job during his time in the VJM07. The Mexican was bullish, but Hulkenberg admitted that he struggled to find rhythm and balance.
Daniil Kvyat, 1m 27.741s, P9/1m 27.476s, P13
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 28.300s, P14/1m 27.929s, P15
Both drivers said they struggled with tyre management issues, and that they have a lot to ponder overnight to improve the STR9s.
Esteban Gutierrez, 1m 28.114s, P11/1m 27.840s, P14
Adrian Sutil (pm only), 1m 28.029s, P16
Giedo van der Garde (am only) 1m 28.429s, P15
Sauber were closer to the ballpark here, and unusually the team were able to report a “flawless” day.
Jules Bianchi, 1m 30.081s, P20/1m 28.659s, P17
Max Chilton, 1m 30.017s, P19/1m 28.786s, P19
Marussia took it to Lotus in both sessions, and the team were very happy with the way their day evolved.
Pastor Maldonado, 1m 29.512s, P18/1m 28.700s, P18
Romain Grosjean (pm only), 1m 29.085s, P20
Charles Pic (am only), 1m 30.125s, P21
Once again Lotus struggled, and both Maldonado and Grosjean had problems matching the Marussias in FP2.
Kamui Kobayashi (pm only) 1m 29.178s, P21
Marcus Ericsson, 1m 30.948s, P23/1m 29.275s, P22
Roberto Mehri (am only), 1m 30.704s, P22
Kobayashi said it felt good to be back in his CT05 for FP2 but that he had to get used initially to the Spa upgrades, while Mehri did a fine job in the car in FP1 and can thus stake his claim to a super licence. Ericsson had a brake problem in FP1, but it was sorted for the afternoon.