Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monaco, 2011

Alonso leads final practice amid crashes

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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