Alonso makes it two in a row in Monaco

Fernando Alonso remains the man to beat in Monaco

Fernando Alonso remains the man to beat in Monaco

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.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.904 36
2 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.013 0.109 40
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.099 0.195 48
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.120 0.216 45
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.143 0.239 38
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’15.192 0.288 39
7 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.249 0.345 32
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’15.460 0.556 42
9 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.619 0.715 38
10 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’15.620 0.716 28
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’15.746 0.842 44
12 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.276 1.372 46
13 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’16.348 1.444 48
14 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’16.522 1.618 38
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
17 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.818 1.914 46
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.023 2.119 28
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’18.184 3.28 48
20 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.478 3.574 38
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’18.667 3.763 13
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.721 3.817 42
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’20.313 5.409 36
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’22.148 7.244 11

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40 comments on Alonso makes it two in a row in Monaco

  1. gopher said on 13th May 2010, 17:03

    I know it’s only practice, but it’s discouraging to see Jaime almost a second behind his teammate Buemi. I believe he’s the best of the rookies and hope he will get a good result in Monte Carlo, where top speed is not so decisive.

    • BasCB said on 14th May 2010, 7:31

      As i said this morning. You could really see the difference between Rookies and their more experienced teammates.
      All were over a second behind (with the exeption of Kobayashi, but maybe we must treat De la Rosa as a rookie here too). In this session the differences between rookies and their teammates went down to about 0,7 seconds as they get experience.

      In the case of Hulkenberg the new Williams wing was on his car in the afternoon so it helped him get in front of Baricello. Di Grassi even got between Heikki and Jarno and in front of Timo Glock who was suffering from his gearbox nog being seamless shift.

      Alguersuari had a moment there, where he did very good to avoid the barriers, so do not give up.

  2. Jay Menon said on 14th May 2010, 2:21

    Was expecting Alonso to be fast with the tyre compounds suiting the Ferrari. Hope the form carries on to Qualies tomorrow and the race of course.

    Chandhouk faster then Senna again? Ok, Senna only ran 11 Laps, but the trend has been the same. Looks like he’s once again proving that GP2 isn’t a good barometer to gauge talent?

    Good run by Kovi, impressive.

  3. wasiF1 said on 14th May 2010, 8:39

    Nico is back, I hope the time wasted in FP1 is not too much. Sutil & Kubica still are the dark horse if this weekend. Ferrari may win on this track for the first time since 2001, but this times are nothing compare what they will do on Saturday.

  4. Karan said on 14th May 2010, 9:19

    Yeah,agree but what about schumi.

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