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F1 2012: Schumacher tops first practice at Monza


Nothing quite like Formula 1 silly season is there. Right now things are looking rather complicated - Bernie Ecclestone hinted that Michael Schuamacher would not be driving for the Mercedes team beyond 2012. Then Eddie Jordan went around telling people that Lewis Hamilton was all set to sign with Mercedes for 2013. While Hamilton's management has denied any such rumours and Nico Rosberg has stated that he has no idea who his team-mate for 2013 is going to be, Schumacher still insists he'll only make his decision in October.



Meanwhile, at the free practice sessions at the Italian GP, Schumacher went and clocked the fastest time of 1min 25.422 seconds, 0.3 seconds ahead of the nearest rival. In this case his nearest rival was Jenson Button, who took his McLaren to second spot. Nico Rosberg took the second Mercedes to third spot, making it a good outing for the German team.

Complete results of FP1:

1.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes           

 2.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes 

 3.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes 

 4.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari  

 5.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari

 6.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes

 7.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault 

 8.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari  

 9.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault 

10.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault  

11.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault 

12.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes

13.  Valtteri Bottas     Williams-Renault 

14.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari 

15.  Jerome d'Ambrosio   Lotus-Renault

16.  Jules Bianchi       Force India-Mercedes

17.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

18.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault

20.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault  

21.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth

22.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth

23.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth

24.  Ma Qing Hua         HRT-Cosworth