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Italian GP practice as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1446: As the GP2 drivers get ready for qualifying at Monza - I'm going to say goodbye. The top five drivers are separated by just 0.0371 seconds and tomorrow's qualifying will be too close to call. I'll be back at around 0930 BST tomorrow to take you through FP3 and then qualy. Don't miss out. Thanks very much for your company and your comments today. Enjoy the rest of your Friday, take care.

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Stevi555 on 606: "Re: wezchelseafan. Nah mate, so many variables in practice. They still looked a hell of a lot stronger than I was expecting. Even for a practice session it showed. Just hope they can carry it through to qualy."

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wezchelseafan on 606: "Slightly concerned the McLarens didn't improve on the softer tyres..."

Force India on Twitter: "A satisfactory day at the office - 35 and 36 laps for Adrian [Sutil] and Tonio [Liuzzi] respectively. Some good data. We look forward to FP3 and qualifying."

BBC F1 analyst Maurice Hamilton: "Vettel surprised me, that lap time is competitive. But knowing McLaren and the way they have been experimenting, they might have a little bit more in hand. It is very close, though, and I would not like to put any money on who will claim pole tomorrow."

1432: FP2 draws to a close. Vettel visits the grass coming out of Lesmo but quickly gets back on the track. That incident looked a bit hairy on the in-board camera. So then, Vettel tops the timesheets (1:22.839) then it is Alonso (1:22.915), Massa (1:23.061), Hamilton (1:23.154), Button (1:23.210), Webber (1:23.415), Barrichello (1:23.708), Kubica (1:23.709), Hulkenberg (1:23.852) and Rosberg (1:23.857).

f1fanatic_co_uk on Twitter: "17 cars on track at the moment but looks like most of them are doing high-fuel running."

1428: Not long left now. I very much doubt whether there will be any changes at the top of the timings.

Renault F1 on Twitter: "Robert [Kubica] will do one more run in this session, Vitaly [Petrov] won't be going out for another run this afternoon."

1422: Webber walks back into the Red Bull garage. Helmet on. Chat off.

Jimmy P, Devon via text: "Do you think Jenson has had a calming effect on Lewis? He seems to have learnt how to look after his tyres this year."

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Nevs_A_Red on 606: "These times don't really mean a lot - teams just comparing internally as opposed to each other at the mo - probably on medium engine settings at the most - some more medium than the others too."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "Mark Webber has a masterplan to make sure he is in good shape for his final championship push. The Red Bull driver will base himself in his Australian homeland for the trio of races in Singapore, Japan and Korea which follow this weekend's Italian race. There's only one problem his plan... 'I'll have to get a house in Australia,' explained Webber, who has homes in Buckinghamshire and France, but not in the land of his birth. Webber views the Italian Grand Prix as a damage-limitation exercise, but the coming circuits should swing the performance pendulum back in Red Bull's favour. But the 34-year-old, who is three points behind leader Lewis Hamilton, insists he is not the title favourite: 'I don't consider myself the favourite. I've got quite a few points but not as many as Lewis. We know he's achieved some exceptional things in F1 in such a short time. He's a great competitor and a great rival - and we're not in Abu Dhabi yet.'"

1416: Here's Holly again, she's a quick worker that girl. She says Webber stopped because of a loss of water pressure.

1411: That's a very ill-looking Red Bull. Mark Webber grinds to a halt coming out of Lesmo. The Australian had just set his fastest first sector of the day. He'll miss the final 19 minutes. BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says McLaren and Hamilton do not know how the Briton damaged his front wing. They think he hit a kerb. Samos adds that Button has eight laps of his stint to go.

1409: Alonso is quickest now, he sets a 1:22.915... and then there's Vettel with a 1:22.839. Tasty.

1407: Back racing again and Massa's on a quick lap. Whoa there, a big, big moment for the Brazilian. He runs wide at the Parabolica and into the gravel but he just manages to save it from going into the barrier. Close. Very close. The reaction of the mechanics in the Ferrari garage reveals all, they clench their shoulders as if someone is scratching nails down a blackboard.

1403: Senna is wheeled back into the pits. Something's wrong again. Meanwhile, the F1 commentary have reported that the two Virgin Racing cars have clocked the fastest times in the speed trap - 345kph/215mph. Massa goes quickest - a 1:23.061 while Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari stops at the side of the track coming out of the Della Roggia chicane. Yellow flag.

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James, Kent via text: "I was at Brands marshalling the DTMs last week, and got to have a photo with your very own David Coulthard. And I blinked! Utter shambles."

1356: Bruno Senna is getting back into his car. He should be out and about soon. Here's Lewis Hamilton, and there seems to be something wrong with his front wing. There's something sticking up at right angles on the right front at the end of the wing. We haven't seen how that happened. Hamilton comes into the pits and team boss Martin Whitmarsh spins round on the pit wall to see his driver wheeled into the garage. Doesn't seem too concerned though and he quickly spins back round to look at the telly screens. Don't blame him, Doctors is on. Vettel is now out on the options as well.

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "Fernando Alonso is waiting in his car and Ferrari are doing a rear wing change. There is a comparison going on as well at Ferrari."

1348: Massa is up to third, one above his team-mate, with a 1:23.891. Vettel is fifth. BBC F1 analyst and Hispania driver Karun Chandhok says he expects the drivers to come out on the softer 'option' tyres pretty soon now. Schumacher, Button and Hamilton are already using them.

1347: Senna has not been out again after his early problem. Apparently it's a fuel pressure problem. He tells BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "We've done barely four laps today. It's not ideal but we have to work with what we've got. It's a brilliant circuit so I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "I've just had a close-up view of the cars tearing down the straight into the first corner. The cars can reach up 210mph before braking hard into the first corner and you really can hear the engines straining as the drivers put their feet down. There's a restaurant that sits along the straight, where the punters are looking totally unfazed as they drink wine and sample Italian nibbles with foam plugs wedged firmly into their ears. As fine as most Italian restaurants are, I imagine the table conversation there is not up to much."

Ben Kelly, Essex via text: "Hard decision for McLaren. There doesn't seem to be much difference in the 'F-duct' and non 'F-duct' packages. They will have to make decision soon to get the best possible set up for weekend."

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Emma, Nottingham (Martin Whitmarsh fan) via text: "McLaren look to be shaping up fantastically. Can't wait for qualy tomorrow. Red Bull off pole? You betcha."

1339: Button is second with a 1:23.210 then it is Alonso (1:23.925), Vettel (1:23.955), Kubica (1:23.133) and Rosberg (1:24.154). Webber is 11th (1:24.516) with Schumacher in 13th (1:24.752).

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "Well, I've had a very interesting lunchtime at Monza picking up bits and pieces of gossip and news. So interesting, I'm a bit worried I may have overdone the sun on the old bonce. Anyway, I hope to bring you some of the more juicy bits of info later in the weekend after I've done a bit more research. For now, I can tell you that Red Bull were encouraged by their pace in first practice, when Sebastian Vettel was just 0.027secs off pace-setter Jenson Button. They are in better competitive shape than they thought they were."

1333: Hamilton is told by his team that his pace is "very good", and so it is - he sets the fastest time of the session, a 1:23.154. As to whether McLaren will run with or without the 'F-duct' aero device for the race, BBC F1 analyst Maurice Hamilton says: "McLaren may face a predicament. Both are quick, roughly equal, with Jenson on 'F-duct'/huge rear wing, Lewis without 'F-duct' but with tiny rear wing. Could each driver stick with what he has now - what suits them individually, but very different to their team-mate?"

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Anon via text: "Regarding celebrity watch, I ran into Mika Hakkinen yesterday at Silverstone! They say never meet your heroes but he was ace! Stopped for some signatures and a photo in between his promo work."

Ryan from Adelaide via text: "Ferrari have said that it is ridiculous to say that they have team orders. It's not that they don't want both of their drivers to win, it's just that they want Alonso to come first."

1325: Now it's Hamilton's turn to make a horlicks of the first chicane. He realises he isn't going to make it and swerves through the boards in the run-off area.

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Sting, Henty and Becks all from The Port! via text: "At Alton Towers keeping an eye on things in between rides! Hope Button does well, tough break last weekend!"

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Big_JF on 606: "Button is absolutely flying! If he keeps this up, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets pole tomorrow."

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "McLaren are taking the 'F-duct' off Hamilton's car and are keeping it on Jenson Button's for a comparison."

1319: Rosberg is now third after a 1:24.154 while Felipe Massa, or Peliping Massa as my four-year-old calls him, is fourth with a 1:24.258.

1316: Alonso is up to second after a 1:23.925 but that is not enough to knock Button off his perch after the Briton improves to a 1:23.296. Nico Rosberg is fourth with a 1:24.345.

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "Force India [expected to be very quick at Monza] are still trying to work out whether the 'F-duct' rear wing spec or regular Monza rear wing spec are better."

1310: Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher runs wide and into the gravel coming out of the Parabolica. He immediately goes into the pits. Jenson Button is fastest (1:24.062), then it's Kubica (1:24.269), Nico Hulkenberg (1:24.366) and Rubens Barrichello (1:24.410).

1305: Vitaly Petrov tops the early times with a 1:24.989 but his team-mate Robert Kubica then sets a 1:24.822. Meanwhile, Adrian Sutil, who is in the Force India after test driver Paul di Resta took the wheel this morning, locks up coming into the first chicane and has to weave his way through the boards in the run-off area.

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "This morning, Rubens Barrichello stopped on track with input-shaft failure - apparently this is a Williams part, not a Cosworth one. Renault say their 'F-duct' [aero device] was delivering what was expected this morning and it will stay on for this session."

1301: That's something you don't see often, it's a Hispania stopping on the track. It's Bruno Senna. His frustrating day continues.

1300: Green flag. FP2... do your worst.

1256: BBC F1 commentator David Croft describes the Monza track as the Bagpuss of F1, getting a bit old but everyone loves it. And there's another celeb, it's England football manager Fabio Capello. He's actually at the Monza track though, not in Shepherd's Bush. BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says he is a big fan of Ferrari and of team boss Stefano Domenicali. So there we are.

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Anon via text: "I'd let my team-mate through on the final race if it gave him the world championship. No orders required. Especially if he was a fellow Brit."

1251: Just a quick reminder that you can catch coverage of FP2 on the Red Button and at the top of this page from 1255 BST. Tidy.

Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi on Twitter: "Love to drive in Monza! Top speed +342 km/h with low downforce."

redbullf1spy on Twitter: "Impressive style from the Italian police strutting around the Paddock. They have feathers. The law enforcement community needs more plumage."

1245: More on Ferrari's overtake-gate row. McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh was asked this morning on his view of the matter and he said: "We don't have clarity. They [Ferrari] are either guilty and should be given a penalty, or they're not guilty and should be given back the fine they received." Read the full story here.

The sun is out
1240: It is still a beautiful day in Monza, just in case you were wondering. Time for another graphic. Here's a quick recap about what happened in FP1 this morning. McLaren's Jenson Button set the pace, with Sebastian Vettel second and Lewis Hamilton third. Mark Webber was sixth with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in eighth and ninth.

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Kai FT on 606: "On the matter of Fernando_is_faster_than_you_GATE, I think the rule is impracticable, but still should be there. Like a commandment. If a team chooses to ignore it, it will be judged by the public and fans. It might not change the standings, but i am sure teams want a good image in the long term."

1235: I've calmed down now. Remember that you too can be a part of this nonsense. Get in touch via 606, Twitter or text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message.

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1233: Yep, so far today on the celeb-spotting front we've had Sharkey (Feargal), Law (Jude) and Osborne (George) well, during the interval, I saw Olympic gold-medallist Denise Lewis and Strictly Come Dancing star Vincent Simone having a chat here at BBC Towers. My cup overfloweth.

1230: Hello and welcome back. That break went quickly didn't it? Second free practice starts at 1300 BST and if that isn't enough to keep you tuned in, there's more Orlo celeb gold to follow...

1045: And on that note, I'm going to say cheerio for a while. I'm going to get a late breakfast and I'll see you nice and refreshed at around 1230 BST for FP2. In the break, why don't you take a look at Andrew Benson's report which is now up? TTFN.

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Tim at work via text: "I can't make it to Monza, so can you do me a favour? Can you make up a banner that says 'Felipe, I've just seen Alonso's mum and she's knitting a lovely PULLOVER FOR FERNANDO. Can you confirm you understand.' Thanks."

Hispania's Karun Chandhok on the Red Button: "Mark Webber has said that Spa and Monza are very much damage-limitation exercises for Red Bull and if they can come out of this weekend with a podium, they will be chuffed to bits."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "And I have my own pre-Monza celeb-spot - I spotted Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in Beaconsfield last Saturday. He was taking his son shopping. I'll see what I can do from Monza, though, Orlo."
I very much doubt anything will top Sharkey though!

1034: Button ends up quickest (1:23.693), then it is Vettel (1:23.790), Hamilton (1:23.967), Kubica (1:24.120), Rosberg (1:24.129) and Webber (1:24.446).

1030: The chequered flag falls. FP1 is now over. We are getting replays of Rosberg locking up coming down the start/finish straight. He goes through the run-off area at the first corner, clipping one of the polystyrene boards on the way.

1026: There are a few cars out on the track but there's not a lot of change on the timesheets. Vettel is still second, just 0.097 seconds behind Button. Four minutes left.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Twitter: "Just arrived at a very grey cold and wet Silverstone. Smiling politely at all the 'British weather' jokes from my team... Sigh."
I should add that Davidson is competing in the final round of the Le Mans Series this weekend for Team Peugeot.

OnceUponATyne on Twitter: "C'mon Lewis, really hope you get a result this weekend as it's tough after. Hopefully Vettel will take out his own team-mate..."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "I can contribute a celeb spot of my own post-Spa. On my return to north London, I spotted posh British hunk Jude Law opening the front door to his house. The bad news for him is that now I know where he lives, though I'd like to point out that I am not stalking him."

1017: BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says Mercedes are not very happy this morning. Their drivers of Rosberg and Schumacher are fifth and 11th at the moment. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz adds: "I spoke to Rosberg on Thursday and he had a mini rant that it was so disappointing this season for Mercedes that the development had not come through and had not worked as promised."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "Lewis Hamilton was in a super-relaxed mood as he discussed his chances of a second world title with the media in Monza. The 25-year-old won the 2008 title by a single point after losing the 2007 crown by the same margin and he says he is drawing on both those experiences as he aims to protect his three-point cushion this weekend. 'I've been to both ends of the spectrum and I've learnt from those different situations,' said Hamilton, who wore a dazzling diamond ring on his right hand. 'I feel I'm a much more solid driver than I was in 2007 and 2008; I've made a lot of mistakes but I've grown a lot too. For me, the gap [at the top of the championship] is nothing and I need to get as many points as I can. I've not been in this position before, where so many drivers have been in the hunt. It's a world championship, the most intense competition I've ever experienced, and I love it.'"

1010: Yellow flag - Senna has stopped. It really hasn't been a good morning for the Hispania driver. By the way, did I mention that Mark Webber is fifth fastest after a 1:24.446? If I didn't, sorry. BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says Williams have not yet got to the bottom of what happened to Barrichello earlier, the Brazilian has only said that he lost drive.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "The talk in the paddock this weekend has been dominated by the Ferrari team orders hearing. Governing body the FIA released the full verdict on Thursday and it contains some interesting snippets of information. Among them are that Ferrari were not punished further because there had been other incidents of teams orders that had passed with censure before; that Ferrari viewed it as 'team tactics', not team orders, because Felipe Massa was never explicitly ordered to let Fernando Alonso pass; that Williams and Sauber had both written letters supporting Ferrari to the FIA; that Massa was given the message that Alonso was faster than him no less than four times before he finally let him by; and that Alonso was on an engine setting that gave him more power in the laps immediately preceding the incident."

RetroGirl on Twitter: "Re StevesKnees: surely the higher profile the team doing it, the worse it is as it attracts greater negative publicity."

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A celeb has been spotted
0959: The celeb graphic is out, not for someone at Monza, Andrew Benson and Sarah Holt have not yet delivered on that front this weekend, but for a great spot I had just after the Belgian GP. I was at an air show in deepest Surrey and I took my sons on the dodgems. Who was there behind me? None other than FEARGAL SHARKEY!! Emotional scenes. My wife had no idea who it was but I was delighted. Anyway, Hamilton back up to third (1:1:23.967). Half-an-hour to go.

BBC commentator Jonathan Legard: "I spoke to Vitaly Petrov in Monza and he told me he keeps a written record of all his races in a book which he then uses as preparation for every weekend. The Russian makes notes on weather, set-up, the kerbs, different racing lines and any little tricks he has found help him to get the performance from each circuit. Petrov insists he will be driving in Formula 1 next season, though he didn't say for which team. Force India's Adrian Sutil and Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen have both been linked to Renault."

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StevesKnees on 606: "Regarding the 'Team Orders' thing. You really have to wonder if there would have been as much fuss kicked up if a different, less high-profile team had swapped places. Like if Kubica had swapped with Petrov for example. Although I was deeply offended by how Ferrari conducted themselves, I just can't imagine there being such a fuss if some other teams had done it instead."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "Scotland's Paul di Resta is back in his testing role for Force India in first practice this morning after missing out in Spa and is going well, mixing it with the Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris at the sharp end. Force India are fancied to do very well this weekend - one engineer said on Thursday that he expected them to be second fastest behind McLaren."

0953: Now Button goes quickest - a 1:23.693, then it's Vettel (1:23.872), Robert Kubica (1:24.159), Hamilton (1:24.477), Rosberg (1:24.782), Alonso (1:25.025) and Di Resta (1:25.291). Just to clarify, Kravitz says Senna's car has a brake fluid leak.

0948: There's lots of movement on the timesheets now. Sebastian Vettel is fastest with a 1:23.872 with McLaren's Jenson Button is second after a 1:24.494. Alonso is fourth quickest after a 1:25.025 while Force India test driver Paul di Resta is fifth with a 1:25.291. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Bruno Senna has a brake problem which is why he has missed the first 50 minutes of the session.

0944: Mercedes tell Nico Rosberg that he should come in to change his brakes now if he doesn't really like them. Rubens Barrichello's Williams has stopped coming out of the Lesmo corners and there is a brief yellow flag. BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says Toro Rosso have introduced their version of the 'F-duct' aerodynamic device but only Sebastien Buemi has it on at the moment. Samos says the team "probably will not use it in the race".

0938: Hamilton steadily improves to a 1:24.990. Nico Hulkenberg takes his Williams around in 1:26.020 and is third fastest. Kamui Kobayashi is struggling in his Sauber and he seemed to be going very slowly at one point. Don't know what happened there. Apparently the Japanese driver is wearing a black armband in tribute to Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa, who died after a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix last weekend.

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh on the Ferrari controversy: "They're either guilty and should be given a penalty, or they're not guilty and should be given back the fine they received. We don't have clarity - if anything it's more muddy. Superficially it doesn't seem as logical a ruling as one would have expected but it has no impact on anything I'm going to do this weekend."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "Lots of chat about McLaren's rear wing. Seem to be using Spa-spec wing rather than one suited to Monza. Could be a bit of a headache for McLaren. Their F-duct isn't likely to work as well in combination with a flatter Monza-spec rear wing."

0931: Lewis Hamilton is on a timed lap now, and he goes fastest with a 1:25.816 while Alguersuari goes second with a 1:25.897.

0927: Alguersuari improves to a 1:26.850. The only drivers not to have posted an installation lap so far are the Hispania pairing of Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto.

Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter: "Not a great start this morning, did the installation lap and hydraulics failed again... maybe get out at the end of the session."

0923: Schumacher is putting in a few miles - he's done 10 laps already. His best is a 1:26.038 while the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari posts a 1:27.424. They are the only two times on the board so far.

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Catch 22 on 606: "Morning Mark. McLaren rear wing is massive mate. Last time I seen a tail like that it was attached to a whale."

JoeBahru on Twitter: "Does any one have any idea of a good sports bar in Johor Bahru that will be showing the race?"

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson at Monza: "It's a lovely morning here. The golden autumn sunshine is streaming through the trees of the old Royal Park and the famous tifosi are already out in force, expecting great things of their favourite team. The pressure is always high on Ferrari to do well at their home race, but this weekend it is more intense than I can remember for years. Fernando Alonso slipped further behind in the championship with his poor weekend in Belgium two weeks ago and he knows he has to score well here. After escaping further punishment over the team orders incident in Germany, they have arrived here admitting it is a critical race for them. Alonso has already made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes this season. How will he respond here this weekend?"

0912: There's only one time set so far, that's a 1:28.150 posted by Schumacher. Most of the drivers have completed their installation laps.

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "Michael Schumacher has already said he expects to struggle. He feels that certain circuits, like Monza, do not play into the hands of Mercedes."

Hispania's Karun Chandhok on the Red Button: "Monza is an amazing circuit. It's a special place and is up there in the top-four circuits."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Have you seen the size of the McLaren rear wing? It's like a barn door."

0900: And we are off, it's a busy start to the session. Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Robert Kubica are some of the drivers out and about early doors.

DavidWanna on Twitter: "Maybe the start of your day... for us in Chiangai, Thailand it's Friday afternoon and a perfect way to end the week."

0851: It's an absolutely gorgeous morning in Italy, the sun is shining on the Monza track. I'm not jealous, Shepherd's Bush is lovely when it's overcast. If you want more weather detail, have a look at BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson's forecast. BBC coverage is about to start on the Red Button and at the top of this page by the way.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Monza: "Fernando Alonso was exchanging cheeky grins with McLaren's Jenson Button as they sat together on the front row of the media conference in Monza but the grin soon faded when the Ferrari driver had to field questions about his personal reaction to the FIA's decision not to punish the Italian team further for using banned team orders. Alonso and Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa both repeated the party line that the incident was in the past and they preferred to focus on this weekend's home grand prix. But after half an hour of batting away the media's best efforts, Alonso cracked and with another a rather ironic grin said: 'I'm sure you are talking about the decision… you have to respect it and be calm. Respect everything as we do and don't worry.'"

0842: So what do you think about all the F1 news? Apparently 'Ferrari International Assistance' was trending on Twitter during the week so I think I've got a vague idea about what a significant proportion of you thought of the decision not to punish the team further for their actions at the German GP. There's plenty to chat about so don't be shy. Give me your thoughts on 606 (from 0900 BST), Twitter or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message. Nice.

0838: Morning all. Well it has been a nice and quiet week in F1 hasn't it? Er… maybe not. We've had the Ferrari team orders hearing - I'm thinking of calling it overtakegate, what do you think? - the publication of a 20-race F1 calendar for next year, the rejection of all new entries for next season as well as the first try-out by an F1 driver of the new Korean GP circuit. There's apparently a race this weekend as well.

0835: This is the time of year when being a Ferrari driver comes into its own - a home grand prix, at Monza, in front of the tifosi, answering questions about your team's controversial conduct... hang on, that last bit's not right is it?

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
Alonso faces team orders grilling
09 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari escape further punishment
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
FIA rejects new team applications
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren confident of Monza form
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Webber cautious on Monza chances
08 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Kobayashi to remain with Sauber
07 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso not giving up on title yet
01 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel's errors 'rule out title'
30 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
When five became two
30 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Title race still open - Hamilton
30 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Button blames 'confused' Vettel
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1

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