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Hamilton fastest ahead of Button in first practice at Italian GP; Rosberg 3rd best

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain shakes hand with mechanics in the pit during the first free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Friday, Sept. 5 , 2014. Lewis Hamilton is looking to move on and focus on collecting points at the Italian Grand Prix. The tension between Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg ratcheted up at the Belgium Grand Prix when Rosberg crashed into Hamilton on the second lap of the race, effectively ending his hopes of victory. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain shakes hand with mechanics in the pit during the first free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Friday, Sept. 5 , 2014. Lewis Hamilton is looking to move on and focus on collecting points at the Italian Grand Prix. The tension between Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg ratcheted up at the Belgium Grand Prix when Rosberg crashed into Hamilton on the second lap of the race, effectively ending his hopes of victory. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain watches in the pit during the first free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Friday, Sept. 5 , 2014. Lewis Hamilton is looking to move on and focus on collecting points at the Italian Grand Prix. The tension between Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg ratcheted up at the Belgium Grand Prix when Rosberg crashed into Hamilton on the second lap of the race, effectively ending his hopes of victory.The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain watches in the pit during the first free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Friday, Sept. 5 , 2014. Lewis Hamilton is looking to move on and focus on collecting points at the Italian Grand Prix. The tension between Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg ratcheted up at the Belgium Grand Prix when Rosberg crashed into Hamilton on the second lap of the race, effectively ending his hopes of victory.The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany wears a helmet in the pit during the first free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Friday, Sept. 5 , 2014. Lewis Hamilton is looking to move on and focus on collecting points at the Italian Grand Prix. The tension between Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Rosberg ratcheted up at the Belgium Grand Prix when Rosberg crashed into Hamilton on the second lap of the race, effectively ending his hopes of victory. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany wears a helmet in the pit during the first free practice at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy , Friday, Sept. 5 , 2014. Lewis Hamilton is looking to move on and focus on collecting points at the Italian Grand Prix. The tension between Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Rosberg ratcheted up at the Belgium Grand Prix when Rosberg crashed into Hamilton on the second lap of the race, effectively ending his hopes of victory. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first practice session of the Italian Grand Prix on Friday, more than half a second ahead of British compatriot Jenson Button at Monza.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate and championship leader, Nico Rosberg, was third as their intense battle for the Formula One title continues.

In dry but overcast conditions, Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 26.187 seconds on the fastest track on the F1 circuit, as he completed 25 laps.

Button did two laps more with a best time of 1:26.810, with Rosberg 0.808 seconds slower than Hamilton.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest in his Ferrari, in front of the Italian team's passionate home fans at La Pista Magica (the magic track).