Alonso leads final practice amid crashes

2011 Monaco Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monaco, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monaco, 2011

Fernando Alonso was fastest in the final practice session at Monaco which was disrupted by two crashes.

The session was only eight laps old when Nico Rosberg crashed at the Nouvelle chicane on his first flying lap.

He lost control of his car much as Vitaly Petrov had on Thursday, but hurtled onto the run-off at the chicane with broken steering. The car briefly flew through the air after hitting a run-off strip and came perilously lose to hitting the barrier, before coming to a stop.

The session was stopped for 13 minutes while the car was recovered.

Vitantonio Liuzzi crashes – for the second time this weekend – at Sainte Devote, five minutes before the end of the session.

The HRT was recovered quickly and the session was restarted with two minutes left.

Liuzzi’s crash came as the Red Bulls were about to do their quickest laps on super-soft tyres.

Fernando Alonso had already gone fastest with a 1’14.433, a comfortable half-second quicker than Jenson Button.

The other McLaren of Lewis Hamilton was sixth after losing time with a steering problem earlier in the session.

Felipe Massa was third fastest after a trip down the escape road at Sainte Devote.

Vettel was fourth ahead of Michael Schumacher.

Jaime Alguersuari was eighth-fastest despite clipping the barrier during one run.

The other Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi was ninth in front of Sergio Perez, who was one of few drivers to improve his lap time after the second red flag.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.433 18
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.996 0.563 17
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.024 0.591 19
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.245 0.812 19
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.310 0.877 21
6 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.386 0.953 14
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’15.772 1.339 19
8 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.617 2.184 13
9 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.736 2.303 15
10 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.821 2.388 17
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’16.990 2.557 20
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’17.196 2.763 13
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’17.333 2.900 17
14 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.403 2.970 18
15 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’17.779 3.346 17
16 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’17.880 3.447 17
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’18.069 3.636 17
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’18.115 3.682 20
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.580 4.147 21
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.808 4.375 21
21 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’19.259 4.826 19
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’20.115 5.682 15
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’20.278 5.845 16
24 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 3

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.732 1’15.123 1’14.433 84
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.534 1’15.448 1’14.996 79
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’17.316 1’15.781 1’15.024 88
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.350 1’15.228 1’15.386 70
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.619 1’15.667 1’15.245 90
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’18.805 1’16.356 1’15.310 68
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.139 1’15.321 67
8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.642 1’15.772 64
9 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.789 1’16.617 56
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.234 1’17.581 1’16.736 71
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.792 1’17.541 1’16.821 90
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’18.578 1’19.053 1’16.990 59
13 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’21.548 1’17.101 1’18.069 95
14 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’18.928 1’17.126 1’17.880 74
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’19.395 1’17.570 1’17.196 76
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’18.527 1’17.633 1’17.333 96
17 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’18.733 1’17.337 1’17.779 68
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.768 1’17.706 1’17.403 80
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’20.083 1’18.266 1’18.115 93
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’21.116 1’18.490 1’19.259 85
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.815 1’19.338 1’18.580 73
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’21.758 1’19.185 1’18.808 92
23 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.463 25
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’22.840 1’20.115 28
25 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’23.885 1’22.066 1’20.278 78

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43 comments on Alonso leads final practice amid crashes

  1. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 28th May 2011, 11:10

    I ran out of internet allowance with about 5 minutes to go in the session. Could someone please describe Liuzzi’s crash? :P

    By the way, I’ll be missing the GP2 sprint race, WSBR Formula Renault 3.5 race and the Indy 500 thanks to my silly ISP. ;)

  2. Antranik (@antranik) said on 28th May 2011, 11:17

    Alonso’s looking very good this weekend… hope he can challenge Vettel for the pole/win

  3. a4p (@a4p) said on 28th May 2011, 11:17

    Please, could anyone describe me Alonso’s lap? ;)

  4. mrhelix21 (@mrhelix21) said on 28th May 2011, 11:20

    Alonso looking really strong. Predicting this will be hard because we dont know how much/if Red Bull are sandbagging.

  5. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 28th May 2011, 11:22

    Alonso doing great so far in Monaco, but Vettel did that lap on soft tyres.

  6. Raj said on 28th May 2011, 11:27

    Although alonso looks strong, it seems red bull haven’t set a fast lap on super soft tyres and more over they are not using DRS on those laps. probably their car is already so fast tht if they enable DRS may be end up in barriers due to speed ;). My bet is it will be vettel,alonso and lewis/webber for top 3 positions in qualifying..

  7. Kev (@kev) said on 28th May 2011, 11:27

    Alonso’s first lap on super softs was aborted after a super quick first sector. He did his timed lap in his second lap and the pace continued into the third too. Seems like there is more pace on the Ferrari than that was showed on the track.

    But the RB of Vettel seems fast and could be a straight fight between Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton. If those three can save super sots from being used in Q1 and Q2, then God save the middle runners. They are going to be lapped.

    I quite liking Alonso’s new livery on his helmet. Hope he retains it.

    And Alonso confirming the 6 tenths in his bag with almost an identical gap to Massa. I think Massa is driving to his potential. It is just that Alonso is unreal:)

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th May 2011, 11:28

    Good chance we could see the fastest lap of the current configuration of Monaco in practice.

    The record for the current configuration is Kimi Räikkönen’s 1’13.532 from 2006: Monte-Carlo – circuit information

    Times improves by a second from FP3 to Q3 last year, and the red flag at the end of FP3 meant we probably didn’t see the very best the drivers had to offer.

  9. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 28th May 2011, 11:28

    It seems to me that there is a bigger gap here between the first 4 teams and the rest of the pack than previously this season. And also not so massive gaps between the 2 compounds, slightly less than a sec.
    It might be that they all can get away in Q1 and (maybe) also Q2 (Red Bull, Alonso) staying on the soft tires.

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th May 2011, 11:33

    Glad to see Nico’s ok. It wasn’t a particularly big smash as far as the monocoque is concerned but he could have so easily hit that dividing wall.

    Didn’t see what happened with Liuzzi due to the BBC making a mess of the red button service, looked pretty bad though.

    I’m kinda hoping Rosberg isn’t ready for qualifying so we can see him do a Webber!

  11. Sound_Of_Madness said on 28th May 2011, 11:36

    Should VL fail to set a quali lap, will he make it to the race or it will be the 107% rule in effect?

  12. Bleu said on 28th May 2011, 11:38

    The Red Bulls were not able to drive a good lap on supersofts, but Vettel was well ahead the others while using softs. So I have to think him as a favourite for the pole. However I can see Alonso making it to the front row ahead of Webber.

  13. Bonzo (@bonzo) said on 28th May 2011, 11:42

    Whats up with the Renaults? Very slow.

  14. Tito said on 28th May 2011, 11:46

    This cuold be Alonso´s weekend, if we look only at the times set before the super softs, vettel got the best lap 20 minutes after alonso did and monaco´s track improves a lot in that time.
    Cant wait til tomorrow

  15. Eggry (@eggry) said on 28th May 2011, 11:48

    Alonso is doing well. but Redbull’s records are from prime tyre. They would be the fastest cars again.

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