Fernando Alonso topped the times in the second practice session at Monaco – just as he did in the first.
A few spots of rain towards the end of second practice and the usual traffic problems made life especially tricky for the drivers.
With rain forecast for the second half of the session most of the cars were on-track within minutes of practice starting.
But even when the track was completey dry the drivers struggled with the Monaco circuit. Some went straight on at Sainte Devote – including Timo Glock and Felipe Massa.
Others missed the chicane at the harbour front – something Michael Schumacher did on more than one occasion and several others copied him, bumping over the high new kerb on the inside of the corner.
Robert Kubica briefly held the top spot on the times sheets as he continued to impress in the Renault. But he was eventually beaten by the man he replaced at Renault – Fernando Alonso.
As expected, traffic proved a problem when the track was at its busiest – particularly when drivers were backing off in the final sector. Massa backed of too much on one lap, allowing Heikki Kovalainen to overtake him at the final corner. The next time around Massa had Glock’s Virgin all over the back of his Ferrari.
When the rain began to fall it was only very light but it was enough to catch a few drivers out. Jaime Alguersuari lost control of his Toro Rosso on his way down to the chicane and only an impressive feat of car control kept it out of the barriers.
Lewis Hamilton also had a moment in the McLaren, but kept his car out of the barriers at Anthony Noghes.
But it was a wasted session for Bruno Senna whose HRT is in need of repair. The team won’t have the necessary parts until they’ve been flown out by Dallara.
Several drivers got closer to Alonso’s time by the end of the session – including Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Massa and Schumacher. But for the second session in a row Alonso was the fastest man in Monte-Carlo.
|3||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’15.099||0.195||48|
|8||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’15.460||0.556||42|
|10||6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’15.620||0.716||28|
|12||16||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’16.276||1.372||46|
|15||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1’16.528||1.624||42|
|16||22||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber-Ferrari||1’16.599||1.695||36|
|18||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’17.023||2.119||28|
|20||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1’18.478||3.574||38|
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