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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