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Friday 9th September 2011

Michael Schumacher may be happy being back in Italy, however, the German has warned against reading too much into his P3 practice time.

The seven-time World Champion, who arrived at Monza on the back of a great performance in Belgium, is already being tipped as a potential this weekend given the power of the Mercedes engine.

And Schumacher put that power to good use on Friday when he finished the afternoon session with the third fastest time, just 0.337s behind Sebastian Vettel.

However, Schumacher was quick to point out that it was only practice and that teams won't know their true potential until Saturday.

"In terms of the character of the circuit, we are usually good on braking and traction, and there are not so many of the medium and high-speed corners in which we have not been so strong this year," he said.

"It certainly looks good in terms of my position today, and I'm pleased with that; but we will only find out tomorrow what it is really worth."

But while Schumacher shone, his team-mate Nico Rosberg had a difficult time as once again he was having problems with his KERS. He finished down in 22nd place, 5.174s off the pace.

"I didn't have an ideal session this afternoon as we had some issues, particularly with the KERS problem at the start of the session. However by the end of the day, we have learned quite a lot for the race, and importantly I was able to get used to the track," he said.

"Monza is a very different circuit from many others with the high speed sectors and low downforce corners and it takes a bit of time to find your rhythm here."
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Driver Teams Time
1 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1'24.010
2 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1'24.046
3 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'24.347
4 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1'24.366
5 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1'24.433
6 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1'24.468
7 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1'24.508
8 S Perez (MEX) Sauber 1'25.097
9 K Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1'25.182
10 B Senna (BRA) Renault 1'25.325
11 V Petrov (RUS) Renault 1'25.450
12 A Sutil (GER) Force India 1'25.496
13 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 1'25.683
14 J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 1'25.758
15 RG Barrichello (BRA) Williams 1'26.202
16 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams 1'26.353
17 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso 1'28.347
18 J Trulli (ITA) Lotus 1'28.559
19 H Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus 1'28.605
20 T Glock (GER) Virgin 1'28.804
21 V Liuzzi (ITA) HRT 1'29.162
22 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-Benz 1'29.184
23 J d'Ambrosio (BEL) Virgin 1'29.622
24 D Ricciardo (AUS) HRT 1'29.841
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