Top names coy in Italian practice

September 8th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Top names coy in Italian practice

Italian GP, 10 Spetember, 1300 BST

Title rivals Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher kept their powder dry in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix by not leaving the pits.

BMW Sauber test driver Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of one minute 23.263 seconds at Monza.
McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, whose move to Ferrari for 2007 is expected to be announced on Sunday, was the fastest racer driver in fourth place.
Only 12 of 29 drivers set times, with a further session in the afternoon.
Ferrari's announcement may also reveal whether Schumacher, who is out of contract, will retire at the end of this season.
The German is 12 points behind Renault driver Alonso with a maximum of 40 points still available.
A large banner was draped over the railings of the grandstand opposite the pits reading: "Schumi + Ferrari Amore Eterno (Eternal Love)."
Honda suffered a set back when test driver Anthony Davidson's car expired in a plume of smoke, on his first lap out of the pits, bringing the session to a halt as marshals cleared up a long trail of oil.

First practice times at Italian Grand Prix, Monza:
1. Sebastian Vettel* (Ger) BMW Sauber one minute 23.263 seconds
2. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:23.745
3. Alexander Wurz* (Aut) Williams-Cosworth 1:23.868
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.037
5. Neel Jani* (Swi) Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:24.196
6. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland-Toyota 1:25.413
7. Robert Doornbos* (Ned) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:25.578
8. Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland-Toyota 1:25.766
9. Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 1:26.708
10. Sakon Yamamoto (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 1:27.310
11. Franck Montagny* (Fra) Super Aguri-Honda 1:27.597
12. Giorgio Mondini* (Swi) Midland-Toyota 1:28.444
13. Anthony Davidson* (GB) Honda no time
14. Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) McLaren-Mercedes no time
15. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari no time
16. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota no time
17. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber no time
18. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota no time
19. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Cosworth no time
20. Scott Speed (USA) Toro Rosso-Cosworth no time
21. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Cosworth no time
22. Mark Webber (Aus) Williams-Cosworth no time
23. Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull-Ferrari no time
24. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Ferrari no time * = test driver ineligible to race

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