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Hamilton relying on Rosberg's data for set-up

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Lewis Hamilton will rely on data from Nico Rosberg to refine his set-up ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.

An electronic problem resulted in Hamilton losing nearly an hour of running in second practice, meaning he finished the session with just 16 laps to Rosberg's 41. Even though the two Mercedes drivers are in a heated title battle, information between the two sides of the garages is still shared and Hamilton will turn to Rosberg's data for guidance.

"It's always difficult [to have a reliability issue on Friday], but to be honest I'm quite relaxed about because it's not the first time I've been in this situation," he said. "I'm well equipped to be able to deal with it and I'm sure we are going to get the car working and in the right place. I'll try to understand what Nico learned in his session and see if I can learn from that by looking through the data.

"Generally we have quite a similar driving style. There are a couple of differences, but generally when we see the overlays they are very similar. There will be places where he found time today set-up wise, which I will hope to gain from. The team generally work together so that when one car moves forward the team moves forwards."

Asked whether Ferrari, which was third and fourth and 0.1s off the pace of Nico Rosberg's best time, could challenge Mercedes this weekend, Hamilton said: "I have no idea, to be honest. On Friday people are running different things and I've not been told what fuel load everyone else is running. The team has an understanding of what fuel people might be running, and people might be closer but that's good for racing."

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