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Monaco GP – Silver and Red in the principality

Monaco, 23 May –The Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheet ahead of the Alonso-Massa red tandem at the end of the second free practice session today. Fernando was third in 1.15.196, which was 0.437 off Rosberg’s time. Massa was fourth with a 1.15.278.

Going into the traditional Monegasque “day off” tomorrow, the hierarchy in terms of what to expect in qualifying is not yet clearly defined. This session had to be red flagged after 37 minutes, so that the kerb on the outside of Turn 13 could be repaired. Many drivers, including Alonso and Massa were thus forced to pit, just as they were going for a quick time on the Supersoft tyre.

Fernando had a worrying moment half way through when he came into Rascasse corner to find Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber going slowly on the racing line. On a quick lap, Alonso managed to squeeze through a gap between the German and the barrier on the outside. After that, the Spaniard and Massa both set their best time using the Supersofts. In the last 30 minutes, the team concentrated on the usual long run tests, at the end of which Alonso had done 38 laps, with Massa doing 39.

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.759 46
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.077 0.318 51
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:15.196 0.437 38
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.278 0.519 39
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.404 0.645 42
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:15.511 0.752 39
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:15.718 0.959 10
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.959 1.200 40
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:16.014 1.255 33
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:16.046 1.287 43
11 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.349 1.590 44
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.434 1.675 41
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.823 2.064 43
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.857 2.098 41
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.935 2.176 45
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:17.145 2.386 38
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:17.184 2.425 43
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:17.264 2.505 47
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.892 3.133 41
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:18.212 3.453 44
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.784 4.025 41
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:19.031 4.272 31

 

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