Italian GP review: Fortress Hamilton withstands Hurricane Perez

Italian GP review: Fortress Hamilton withstands Hurricane Perez

Hamilton produced an inch-perfect display at Monza to take his third win of an incredible 2012 season, but it was Sergio Perez who starred with a stirring drive to second. Here's the complete story of an absorbing Italian Grand Prix


Practice one - Friday am

You could have been forgiven for not noticing that the Italian Grand Prix weekend had begun in earnest, such was the din from the speculating paddock over the futures of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher. But at least the sun was shining, which was certainly not the case seven days previously at Spa.

On track there were no signs of an imminent Schumacher retirement as the great man used the straightline potential of the Mercedes to full effect at Formula 1's fastest layout. His 1m25.422s was 0.3s quicker than anything Jenson Button could manage. And as if to emphasise the Merc's early weekend pace, Nico Rosberg was third fastest.

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