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Summary

  1. Hamilton fastest in second practice
  2. Verstappen warned about driving
  3. Monza seals Italian GP future
  4. Mercedes top in first practice, Button and Verstappen test halo device

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Hamilton quickest in FP2

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Lewis Hamilton is the main man in Monza on day one of racing.

You can read our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson's report here.

I'll be back at 09:30 BST tomorrow morning for FP3 and then qualifying. Why not come along for the ride?

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

I think we've learned Mercedes are going to be very strong this weekend. Ferrari with their upgraded power unit - which word on the street says isn't that significant - seem to have found a bit of pace and might have an advantage over Red Bull.

But it will only be in practice tomorrow that we will know the lay of the land.

So top two Mercedes. Next two Ferrari. Next two Red Bull.

That makes things simple.

Fernando Alonso, despite problems with his McLaren, finished a very decent seventh.

Second practice result

🏁 End of #FP2 🏁 TOP TEN HAM ROS VET RAI VES RIC ALO BOT GRO BUT #ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F1

🏁 End of #FP2 🏁 TOP TEN HAM ROS VET RAI VES RIC ALO BOT GRO BUT #ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F1

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Nick Holland: I think they sank Hulkenberg's Battleship!

Very good. Well done, Nick.

Chequered flag

And with that fascinating insight into F1, the flag drops and it will be Lewis Hamilton who finishes FP2 top of the pile.

Lewis Hamilton
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Oh jeez. Welcome to F1 in 2016.

"Driver default multi-function B 23," Nico Hulkenberg is told by his Force India team.

Nico essentially tells them to stop being all David Brent about everything and to talk to him like a human boy.

After a turbo boost issue in FP1, Felipe Massa's FP2 has been hampered by a brake sensor problem.

He's going to give it another go.

We've fixed Felipe's car & he's about to go out on a new set of mediums with 7mins of #FP2 remaining #ItalianGP

Jenson Button wants to clock off early.

"Do we think there's any use in continuing? Nothing is really changing. We're just driving around and putting miles into everything," he says on the radio.

If my boss is reading, can I get off early too?

"I'm really struggling with the rears. In slow speed there is no traction," Sebastian Vettel tells Ferrari.

His current set of soft shoes have done 22 laps in total - 15 on this stint.

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Daniel Janes: Has to be Paul Di Resta for the Williams seat, thought he did well for Force India

Elias Skaff: I would like to see Sergio Perez at @WilliamsRacing I believe he's done enough for @ForceIndiaF1 & @PWehrlein to replace him

Lewis Hamilton asks how his long-run is looking. Mercedes tell him he's looking gooooood.

Massa memories

Fill me up, buttercup.

Is this the greatest moment of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso's one-year partnership at Ferrari?

The answer is, yes.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa Shell event, 2013
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Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at sponsors event at Spa in 2013

Daniil Kvyat's head has gone.

"I went wide on the... erm... I can't remember the name for it," he says on the radio.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete the brain Daniil.

To be fair, I forget 99.9% of words in all of my non-first languages.

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Monza secures three more years

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It's official. Monza will be the home of the Italian GP for the next three years.

It was confirmed at a media conference with Uncle Bernie.

I'm not sure a media conference during on-track action is great PR.

Anyhoo - read more about the announcement here.

Off we go on the long runs. Don't expect to see times dropping like they're hot, dropping like they're hot.

But we'll get an even better idea of how well these tyres are holding up - at the moment they're looking much more durable than they were in the conditions of Spa.

Sixteen minutes left.

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Jessica: I'd love to see @alexlynnracing in that seat, Young Driver programmes and GP2 should be the route into F1

Timothy Young: No love yet for Antonio Felix da Costa for the Williams seat? Established talent in junior openwheel and DTM race winner too #bbcf1

Michael Mason: New Williams Driver How about Usain Bolt he's semi retired and if it breaks down at least he can run.

Monza memories

In case you were unaware how much Italian fans love Ferrari...

Monza, 1996
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Fans wait for race winner Michael Schumacher to take to the podium during the Italian Grand Prix in 1996
🎂 Let him eat cake 🎂 Happy 26th Birthday, @Ericsson_Marcus!! 🎉 🎉

🎂 Let him eat cake 🎂 Happy 26th Birthday, @Ericsson_Marcus!! 🎉 🎉

Esteban Gutierrez gets all sweary on the radio because he thinks Felipe Nasr has blocked him off.

Mexican Gutierrez gets so angry he dives around the Sauber and then locks up going into the next corner, flat-spotting some tyres.

That's where a temper gets you.

Esteban Ocon, after his Manor went kaput, has had to walk around the track back to the paddock entrance.

Apparently security didn't recognise him and he had trouble getting through without his pass.

Should have put it in your glovebox, Esteban.

Fernando Alonso's McLaren has shrugged off its issues and has clocked a tidy 1:24.2 to be in P7.

That seems to be the qualifying simulations done.

Half an hour left and it's Lewis Hamilton out in front - 0.2secs quicker than Nico Rosberg. The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen occupy P3 and P4 - but they're half a second down on Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton
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"Nico, you need to follow the warning lights on your dashboard please," comes the message from Mercedes to Nico Rosberg.

I've been ignoring the little orange engine light on my Ford Mondeo for the past nine months and I'm fine.

Crack on, Nico.

Massa memories

Felipe Massa, Brazilian GP, 2008
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Have you ever lost a world championship in the final seconds of the final lap of the final race of the season?

No. Neither have I.

But, if I did, I doubt I'd be able to raise a celebratory fist in the air.

In 2008, Felipe Massa won the Brazillian GP and, for a few moments, it looked like he had sealed the title. But Lewis Hamilton went past Timo Glock on the final turn and snatched the crown by one point.

Massa may not have looked delighted, but he it's a measure of the man that he got on that podium and still revelled in the win.

Fernando Alonso is being wheeled towards the McLaren garage after getting stranded at the end of the pit-lane with a clutch problem. It has been a couple of hours since the McLaren has had an issue, so we were due one.

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That basket just needs a baguette and a newspaper in it to complete the scene.

Good old Monza - the chance to mess about on it on a bike in May is an absolute highlight of my year! #bbcf1 #c4f1

Good old Monza - the chance to mess about on it on a bike in May is an absolute highlight of my year! #bbcf1 #c4f1

Neither Red Bull has gone out on the super-softs this session, yet Daniel Ricciardo is up in P5 with Max Verstappen just behind and they've only slipped on the softs so far.

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Paul Eaton: I believe Wherlein will replace Massa. Williams seems to be going backwards so Perez and Button will say no to them.

Willem Kranendonk: Totally Crazy idea but what about Alex Rossi? Indy500 winner, and is a good PR tool. Probably Biased though 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Kayleigh: Can we pop Alex Lynn in the empty @WilliamsRacing seat?

English Atheist: Button in a Williams IF McLaren are daft enough to give his seat to Werlhein

Safety staff are trying to push Ocon's Manor across the grass. It's hard going.

I have enough trouble pushing a pram on grass, let alone a car.

No clue as to what caused the Manor to seize up. Ocon came out of the corner and flumpf - the power went.

Yellow flag

There's a limp Manor stationary on the side of the track - it contains Esteban Ocon and it brings out the yellow flag.

Massa memories - Horror in Hungary 2009

Felipe Massa was struck by a piece of bodywork which had flown off the rear of Rubens Barrichello's Brawn car
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It may be a gruesome memory. but the sheer fortitude of Felipe Massa to get back into a car after his dice with death in Hungary in 2009 was remarkable.

A rogue spring from Rubens Barichello's Brawn penetrated his helmet and knocked him unconscious.

It ended his season, but not his career.

"I don't think these tyres will do another lap," says Lewis Hamilton on the radio as he heads back to the Mercedes garage.

That was pretty much an out lap, a quick lap and an in lap on those super softs.

Lewis Hamilton
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Ferrari weren't top of the pile for long.

Nico Rosberg is two tenths quicker than Sebastian Vettel to temporarily take P1, until Lewis Hamilton flashes through 0.2secs faster than his team-mate.

Sebastian Vettel goes for a qualifying simulation on some super-softs whixh is good enough to go top - half a second quicker than the rest.

How will Mercedes fare on the same tyres?

We can expect times to tumble now, with the super-soft and softs being dusted off.

Daniel Ricciardo is on softs and instantly goes second quickest, 0.38secs behind Lewis Hamilton.

With 25 minutes gone the buzzzzz of engines has dimmed slightly, with most cars in the pits.

Max Verstappen is out there though and is trying out a set of Pirelli test tyres.

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Racing Insider: A mega replacement for Massa at @WilliamsRacing would be 3x Le Mans winner @Andre_Lotterer who was fast @ Spa in 2014

Paul Eaton: I believe Wherlein will replace Massa. Williams seems to be going backwards so Perez and Button will say no to them.

'Williams would love to have Button'

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Williams would love to have Jenson Button in the car. I think they'd see his experience as useful with the new regulations. Plus there's the marketing side of him.

Whether he would go there is another matter and the feeling is he is holding out for a McLaren seat. Personally I'd love to see Willians invest in the future.

Do they take a punt on an Alex Lynn or a Lance Stroll?