The final European race weekend of the season began today at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in northern Italy.

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher focused on evaluating the set-up and balance of their MGP W01 cars which ran in a special low-downforce configuration required for the high-speed nature of the Monza circuit.

Completing 59 laps and 55 laps respectively, Nico and Michael finished in the day in tenth and 14th positions.

First Practice
1 J. Button McLaren 1:23.693 28 Rd.
2 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:23.790 +0:00.097 27 Rd.
3 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:23.967 +0:00.274 25 Rd.
4 R. Kubica Renault 1:24.120 +0:00.427 25 Rd.
5 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.129 +0:00.436 30 Rd.
6 M. Webber Red Bull 1:24.446 +0:00.753 26 Rd.
7 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:24.512 +0:00.819 19 Rd.
8 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:24.543 +0:00.850 24 Rd.
9 F. Massa Ferrari 1:24.648 +0:00.955 22 Rd.
10 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.756 +0:01.063 26 Rd.
11 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:24.841 +0:01.148 28 Rd.
12 P. di Resta Force India 1:24.923 +0:01.230 23 Rd.
13 V. Petrov Renault 1:25.292 +0:01.599 25 Rd.
14 S. Buemi Toro Rosso 1:25.318 +0:01.625 29 Rd.
15 P. de la Rosa Sauber 1:25.320 +0:01.627 20 Rd.
16 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:25.334 +0:01.641 24 Rd.
17 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:25.897 +0:02.204 19 Rd.
18 T. Glock Virgin 1:26.772 +0:03.079 19 Rd.
19 J. Trulli Lotus 1:26.898 +0:03.205 12 Rd.
20 L. di Grassi Virgin 1:26.956 +0:03.263 17 Rd.
21 H. Kovalainen Lotus 1:27.374 +0:03.681 14 Rd.
22 B. Senna HRT 1:28.256 +0:04.563 8 Rd.
23 R. Barrichello Williams 1:28.516 +0:04.823 4 Rd.
24 S. Yamamoto HRT 1:29.870 +0:06.177 17 Rd.

Second Practice
1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:22.839 27 Rd.
2 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.915 +0:00.076 32 Rd.
3 F. Massa Ferrari 1:23.061 +0:00.222 20 Rd.
4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:23.154 +0:00.315 22 Rd.
5 J. Button McLaren 1:23.210 +0:00.371 38 Rd.
6 M. Webber Red Bull 1:23.415 +0:00.576 23 Rd.
7 R. Barrichello Williams 1:23.708 +0:00.869 +0:00.293 31 Rd.
8 R. Kubica Renault 1:23.709 +0:00.870 32 Rd.
9 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:23.852 +0:01.013 30 Rd.
10 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.857 +0:01.018 29 Rd.
11 A. Sutil Force India 1:24.181 +0:01.342 35 Rd.
12 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:24.380 +0:01.541 36 Rd.
13 V. Petrov Renault 1:24.407 +0:01.568 21 Rd.
14 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.448 +0:01.609 +0:00.041 29 Rd.
15 S. Buemi Toro Rosso 1:24.517 +0:01.678 35 Rd.
16 P. de la Rosa Sauber 1:24.547 +0:01.708 32 Rd.
17 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:24.785 +0:01.946 31 Rd.
18 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:25.106 +0:02.267 24 Rd.
19 J. Trulli Lotus 1:26.204 +0:03.365 38 Rd.
20 H. Kovalainen Lotus 1:26.306 +0:03.467 41 Rd.
21 L. di Grassi Virgin 1:26.631 +0:03.792 31 Rd.
22 T. Glock Virgin 1:26.676 +0:03.837 +0:00.045 25
23 S. Yamamoto HRT 1:29.498 +0:06.659 5 Rd.
24 B. Senna HRT 3 Rd.

NICO ROSBERG
“Today was ok and the car is generally working well which meant that we could do some useful fine-tuning of our set-up. The tyres seem straightforward and I was happy with my long runs and the consistency that we were able to achieve. I had an issue with understeer through the faster parts of the track so we need to try to resolve that overnight. Our top speed looks reasonable so tomorrow will be about extracting the maximum from the car at its current level.”

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
“Monza has always been a great track to drive and from the sensations and the emotions that I experienced out there today, it feels just like it did over the many years that I have raced here previously. Our performance today does not look too bad, especially in the first sector where we worked a lot on top speed, and look quite good. We are using our F-duct and it worked well given that the benefits on this track, where you have to use a small rear wing, are naturally much smaller than on other circuits. I am looking forward to what will hopefully be an enjoyable weekend. ”

ROSS BRAWN
“We’ve had a reasonable start today with the car and our specific aero package working pretty much as we had expected. Nico and Michael achieved consistent running throughout the day which enabled us to get through our test programme including work on the F-duct. We have a few issues to resolve overnight but it has been a decent start to the weekend.”

NORBERT HAUG
“Our lap times in race trim looked not too bad today. Our target is to achieve reasonable grid positions tomorrow with both cars and then have a good and consistent race on Sunday which will hopefully see Nico and Michael in the points again.”

Source: Mercedes GP