Alonso fastest in Monaco first practice

Two-time Monaco winner Alonso was fastest in first practice

Two-time Monaco winner Alonso was fastest in first practice

Fernando Alonso put Ferrari on top in the first practice session ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

But Red Bull showed they aren’t far off the pace, with Sebastian Vettel lapping within one tenth of a second of Alonso’s time.

The McLaren drivers exchanged fastest times in the early moment of practice before being pegged back by Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.

Fernando Alonso had a sideways moment at the Anthony Noghes corner early in the session. But when he came out later on he progressively moved his fastest time out of the reach of his rivals – ending up half a second faster than Robert Kubica.

The Red Bull drivers waited until the second half before getting down to business, as did the Force India drivers.

It wasn’t until the last ten minutes that Sebastian Vettel showed his hand, getting within a tenth of a second of Alonso’s time.

Karun Chandhok only managed six laps before spinning the HRT at Massenet. He touched the barrier and his session ended there.

Another driver who did very little running was Nico Rosberg, who spent much of the session in the pits while the Mercedes mechanics worked on a problem on his car.

The track was busiest at the end of the session with 22 cars lapping at once, giving a taste of the difficulties to come in qualifying.

Kamui Kobayashi ended his first F1 practice at Monaco limping into the pits with bent suspension and no front wing. The damage was caused when he cut across the kerb at the swimming pool and hit the barrier on the outside of the corner.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.927 32
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.000 0.073 27
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’16.016 0.089 28
4 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.382 0.455 25
5 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.517 0.590 30
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.589 0.662 21
7 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.647 0.720 32
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.692 0.765 30
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’16.805 0.878 23
10 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.857 0.930 31
11 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.149 1.222 15
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’17.331 1.404 28
13 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’17.704 1.777 27
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’17.718 1.791 39
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.991 2.064 37
16 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’18.397 2.470 39
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.434 2.507 38
18 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.547 2.620 32
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.527 3.600 24
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’19.606 3.679 32
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’19.902 3.975 31
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’20.566 4.639 18
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’21.688 5.761 28
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’21.853 5.926 6

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48 comments on Alonso fastest in Monaco first practice

  1. I’m probably late to the party here but I’ve just discovered the excellent data about the cars available on the McLaren website http://mclaren.com/home

    It shows the car data and pit talk during practice and I imagine qualifying and the race.

  2. wasiF1 said on 14th May 2010, 8:36

    Nice to see Kubica out there, I wouldn’t be surprise to see him out there on the top 5 come raceday. Nico’s bad luck continues as he will lose crucial laps by sitting in the pit, I hope his car come good in the weekend.
    Ferrari’s look strong nut this is nothing as I said before the race may be won on Saturday.

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