Jenson Button, McLaren, Monaco, 2012

Button fastest in rain-affected second practice

2012 Monaco Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Monaco, 2012An early effort on super-soft tyres by Jenson Button gave him the fastest time in the second session at Monaco.

Rain shortly after his first run meant few drivers were able to improve during the rest of the day’s running.

The second hour-and-a-half of practice got off to a very busy start as the teams anticipated rainfall early in the session.

With the weather radars showing rain heading towards the track, all 24 cars were on the track quickly including Heikki Kovalainen’s repaired Caterham and Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.

Some teams found time to switch to the super-soft tyres to get a lap in. That allowed Jenson Button to set the fastest time early on, lapping in 1’15.746.

After the rain came the cars made for the pits and the track fell silent.

Within a few minutes the rain had stopped and the track dried. That encourage several teams to return to the circuit in search of dry running. But just as they’d reached the point of trying the super-soft tyres the rain returned, sending them back to their garages.

By the final half-hour the track was sufficiently wet for some drivers to try running on intermediate tyres. The tricky conditions caught several of them out but they kept their cars out of the barriers.

Both Williams drivers went off at Mirabeau – Bruno Senna reversing onto the track, Pastor Maldonado having to be pushed there by the marshals.

They started a fashion for going off at the corner. Sergio Perez was also recovered by the corner workers when he went off there, then Felipe Massa and Heikki Kovalainen did likewise later on. Kovalainen was the only one who could not return to the track, so for the second session in a row his practice came to an early end.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.746 17
2 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’16.138 0.392 19
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.602 0.856 21
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.661 0.915 23
5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.820 1.074 20
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.021 1.275 15
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’17.148 1.402 23
8 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.153 1.407 22
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’17.293 1.547 11
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’17.303 1.557 21
11 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.375 1.629 19
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’17.395 1.649 21
13 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’17.655 1.909 18
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’17.800 2.054 25
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.251 2.505 24
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’18.440 2.694 25
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.522 2.776 22
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.808 3.062 26
19 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’19.267 3.521 25
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’19.309 3.563 29
21 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’20.029 4.283 13
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’20.240 4.494 21
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’20.631 4.885 12
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’20.886 5.140 10

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