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Italian GP FP1: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 at Monza

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1 2017 ItalianGP

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas to the fastest time in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Hamilton clocked a 1m21.537s on the super-soft Pirelli tyres to finish 0.435 seconds clear of Bottas, with Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel 1.115s off the pace in third.

With the threat of rain looming, drivers headed out early in FP1 in order to maximise the dry but cool conditions.

Bottas led the way after the opening half an hour, the Finn clocking a 1m22.086s on the soft tyres.

Mercedes then switched to the super-softs, with Hamilton jumping to the top of the timesheets with a 1m21.868s.

The three-time world champion completed a flurry of laps on that compound, improving to a 1m21.729s and then a 1m21.537s before pitting.

Light rain eventually came with around 15 minutes of the session to go, with race control reporting the track was slippery in sector two, and everyone retreated back to the pits.

The Ferraris then headed out on super-softs, completing a practice starts at the end of the pitlane, before coasting around and returning to the pits.

The rain then eased, allowing another burst of laps in the final minutes of the session.

Kimi Raikkonen ended up fourth quickest, a fraction behind team-mate Vettel, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen a tenth further back in fifth and sixth respectively.

Ricciardo and Verstappen are set for a tough weekend after Red Bull chose to change Renault engine components ahead of the session, meaning they will take 20 and 15-place grid penalties respectively.

Sergio Perez pipped Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon to seventh while Stoffel Vandoorne was the highest placed McLaren in ninth with team-mate Fernando Alonso 15th.

Honda fitted an upgraded power unit, known as 'spec 3.7', to Alonso's car for first practice, sparking a 35-place grid penalty for Sunday's race.

The Spaniard then ended the session early so Honda could switch back to an older spec unit - the one Alonso raced at Spa - for the remainder of the weekend.

Honda wanted to use the session to test performance, but save mileage on the engine for Singapore, as it feels a good result is possible at the next race.

Felipe Massa completed the top 10, two seconds off the pace, but nearly half a second quicker than Williams team-mate Lance Stroll.

With rain expected, Haas changed plans and stood down Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi to allow Kevin Magnussen to get running in dry conditions.

It is expected Giovinazzi will get an opportunity to drive in FP1 in Singapore instead.

FP1 times

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m21.537s-28
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1m21.972s0.435s31
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1m22.652s1.115s24
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m22.689s1.152s28
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m22.742s1.205s28
6Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m22.749s1.212s23
7Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m23.317s1.780s36
8Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes1m23.400s1.863s34
9Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Honda1m23.465s1.928s24
10Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m23.561s2.024s37
11Carlos Sainz Jr.Toro Rosso/Renault1m23.680s2.143s22
12Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m23.973s2.436s22
13Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes1m23.991s2.454s30
14Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault1m24.012s2.475s27
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m24.015s2.478s17
16Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m24.079s2.542s22
17Nico HulkenbergRenault1m24.542s3.005s17
18Jolyon PalmerRenault1m25.166s3.629s21
19Pascal WehrleinSauber/Ferrari1m25.223s3.686s26
20Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m25.687s4.150s17

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