Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monaco, 2011

Alonso fastest for Ferrari in second practice

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monaco, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monaco, 2011

Fernando Alonso headed the times in the second practice session in Monaco.

The Ferrari driver used the super-soft tyres to set a time of 1’15.123.

Lewis Hamilton went second fastest with just over 20 minutes left, coming within a tenth of a second of Alonso’s time.

As in the first session, Nico Rosberg was third fastest. Jenson Button was fourth in front of Sebastian Vettel.

Michael Schumacher was able to join in quite early on following his crash in the second practice session.

But Vitantonio Liuzzi never made it out of the HRT garage after damaging his car in the first session.

Paul di Resta hit trouble, stopping with a loss of drive as he came out of the tunnel.

Shortly before the end of the session Vitaly Petrov lost control of his car on the exit of the tunnel and knocked the front wing off the car.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.123 42
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.228 0.105 33
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.321 0.198 44
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.448 0.325 38
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.667 0.544 46
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.781 0.658 45
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.356 1.233 33
8 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.642 1.519 42
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’17.101 1.978 46
10 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’17.126 2.003 38
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’17.337 2.214 35
12 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.541 2.418 47
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’17.570 2.447 39
14 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.581 2.458 32
15 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’17.633 2.510 49
16 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.706 2.583 37
17 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.789 2.666 43
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’18.266 3.143 50
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’18.490 3.367 39
20 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’19.053 3.930 15
21 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.185 4.062 40
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.338 4.215 35
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’22.066 6.943 33
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth No time 0

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54 comments on “Alonso fastest for Ferrari in second practice”

  1. Glad to see some Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes ahead of the Red Bulls!!! It was starting to get boring :)

    Looks like it might be an interesting qualifying session!

    1. Which we have to wait 2 days for! Noooo!

      1. Suspense …

      2. why monaco has gap on friday? is there any story about that?

        1. To give the residents a chance to leave town for the GP, Friday is a bank holiday.

          1. people want to leave their homes in the millionaires playground for this…..?

        2. Somebody told me that it was because Friday is the day the weekly market is open and so historically there has been no racing in Monaco on Friday. And this practice of no racing on Friday started well before the World Championship was established.

    2. I hope you are right, but I still expect the Bulls to be a lot faster when the Q comes.

    3. Hopefully it’ll be tight! We’re in dire need of an exciting quali!

      And yeah, the bulls will probably be a lot faster by the time quali rolls around but let’s hope the rest are too :)

      1. Hopefully it’ll be tight! We’re in dire need of an exciting quali!

        We may be in luck. I’m sure Red Bull won’t be leaving it to chance as much as they did last weekend. This is Monaco, after all! ;)

        And it’s great to see other teams beating Red Bull for a change. Whether this trend continues on Saturday remains to be seen, though.

    4. Nice to see 8 drivers so close, but probably Red Bull weren’t pushing at their maximum.

      1. This track does not play to the Red Bulls strengths. There are no fast speed corners.

    5. Keith: Schumacher crashed in FP2 and still made it to start in FP2? :D
      I think u mean he crashed in FP1

  2. So much for HRT closing in on Virgin..

    1. Well it is only practise and not getting one of the cars out at all due to a driver mistake is hardly indicative of performance of the F111.

  3. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I have a feeling we are in for a classic this weekend. Imagining the chaos of the early races this year crammed into Monaco brings a smile to my face. oh ya, three day weekend (memorial day in the states) and the Indy 500, damn what a sweet life this is!

    1. Indeed, a great weekend. Monaco in the morning, Indy in the afternoon, and NASCAR in the evening. And the WRC in Argentina all weekend. Then the WSBK on Monday as well as the start to the Isle of Man TT, this is going to be an amazing 3-day weekend.

  4. i hope red bull don’t find more pace in saturday ,. if stay like this qualy should be great with good battles in front

  5. HRTs are 109% outside.. Looks like there’ll be 2 less obstacles to mess up the race for the front runners

    1. Snow Donkey
      26th May 2011, 14:49

      I must say I grow tired of them. The only interest they bring to a gp is finding out what setting they have the suck knob turned to. 2 less obstacles indeed.

      1. “Finding out what setting they have the suck knob set to”… classic. Almost made me spit coffee at my computer screen.

        Thanks for the chuckle.

      2. I guess in that case your opinions on Virgin are similar, considering they’ve been fairly closely matched in the last couple of races…

      3. @Snow Donkey – Ouch! :O

    2. Funny, the same thing could be said of Alonso last weekend.

      1. Or Schumacher in Turkey.

        Honestly, the complaints about HRT are hollow, at best. They’ve been granted two places on the grid, and they’re making the best of it.

        Methinks people enjoy kicking HRT around because they’re an easy target.

      2. The HRT’s have been expecptionally good at moving out of the way.
        Unliked some other cars previously named when they were being lapped…

        1. Apart from when one held up Hamilton in barcelona costing him about half a second

    3. It is unlikely they will be on Saturday though as the top teams will likely be using the harder of the two compounds while HRT will use the softer.

  6. Good to see he’s back on fight. I hope he would harvest what he didn’t last year.

  7. Pleeeeease let Red Bull not have any trick up their sleeve and end up destroying everyone in Qualifying. If they dont–I think Q3 is going to be such a barnstormer.

    1. Well, they still might pull out their 0.7 seconds and just get a qualifying 1-2, sadly. Wouldn’t bet against that right now.

    2. I’m going to watch sector 3 in FP3 times, when they might try on a qualifying run. If their afterburner will work at the slow speeds here, it will do its damage from Tabac to Rascasse. I’m holding out hope that the low speeds will moot their Q3 setting. And for the race, if they have to follow cars out of St. Devote, their heat-sensitive KERS system is going to barbecue itself very quickly.

  8. Quali will be genuine this weekend. Phew, finally.

  9. At a circuit that is basically Gymkhana in an F1 car, who is shocked to see the times topped by Alonso, Hamilton, and Rosberg here? This is going to be good.

  10. Raveendhana
    26th May 2011, 15:14

    has force india brought their new aero package to this race?

  11. Does anyone know if the drivers were using the DRS to set these times?

    I didn’t notice the wings opening, but I really wasn’t paying attention to it.

    1. It was barely opened. in Monaco, there’s three DRS point. main straight, up hill and tunnel. FIA banned DRS in tunnel so you only can see in main straight and up hill.

      1. Don’t forget after the chicane.

        1. I think I didn’t saw wing opened after the chicane…maybe I missed.

  12. Was just reminding myself of Kubica round Monaco last year, he was really giving it some round there. Shame he wont be doing again this year.

    1. Shame he won’t finish 5th, I agree.

      1. He got a podium in an equally competitive Renault last year… so maybe the pecking order isn’t all that predicatble??

    2. Totally. His onboard laps were some seriously exciting stuff.

      I think it was also looked cool because of the black and yellow car, and black and yellow gloves that made it look really awesome when he sawed the wheel back and forth. I just remember he was working so hard, putting so much into it that it was impressive to watch.

      1. He had a much softer ride, which gave him a very good ride over the bumps. The drawback was that his tyres did not last as long as the others. So while he was competitive at the start, the end of his stints saw him going much slower than the others.

  13. Seriously Fanatics, do We really think that RB don’t have a bit in reserve? I don’t like it, but I must face the likely outcome. A pleasant surprise is always welcome, even if if comes in the form of an Alonso domination… That just buys the Woking Boys (and LH in particular) time to gain some pace on the RB7. If Fernando takes points off Seb it could play into McLaren’s hands. Ok…, back to work!

  14. madness!!paddy power have already payed out on vettel winning the championship.crazy!!

  15. Just for fun, let’s just make this the starting order!

    That I’d like to see!

  16. Ferrari using a new front wing ,a low downforce spec one

  17. martin bell
    26th May 2011, 17:55

    I got to thinking today about all the pre season talk of how confusing we would all find it having two Lotus name bearing teams on the grid. I seem to be coping alright. Not really a problem at all actually.

  18. Just as we get a decent stint from Petrov… BAM he walls it again, tut!

  19. I think we are in for a Ferrari weekend. ALO for pole and lights-to-flag victory.

  20. This was brought up on another site but it’s got me thinking:

    Why don’t the backmarker teams build their season’s car in such a way that it will have a huge advantage at a place like Monaco? I mean, HRT are probably not going to score any points at any race this season, but if they designed their car in such a way that it was built to do REALLY well at Monaco (with a short wheelbase etc.) and it ended up being a second better than the rest of the field, wouldn’t that really impress people? You look at teams like Force India in 2009 who didn’t do all that much, but had a MONSTER performance at Spa that everybody still remembers. I’m sure “HRT wins the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix” would sound a lot better than “HRT obtains 10 points-scoring positions in 2011”

    1. They won’t make the 107% rule on any other track if they were to do just that.

      Thh designers are hopeful when they start, but they can’t know what the opposition will come up with.

  21. Bartholomew
    27th May 2011, 14:46

    I think Alonso should continue to use the gold helmet, naybe with a light metallic blue stripe.

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