Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013

Ferrari have Mercedes within range as Red Bull lurk

2013 Monaco Grand Prix Thursday practice analysisPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013Romain Grosjean’s suspension-crunching shunt at Sainte Devote changed the complexion of the second practice session.

“I didn?t have the grip I expected going into the corner, but there was nothing wrong with the car – my braking and entry speed were all wrong and I ended up hitting the barrier,” he explained.

“We have a very good car here and it gives you the confidence to push, but unfortunately I pushed a bit too hard.”

This was exactly what Grosjean did not need on his return to the track where his incident-prone ways were first thrown under sharp scrutiny 12 months earlier. And it was a further disappointment for those of us who wanted to see just who was quickest over a single lap.

One of the drivers whose run was affected by Grosjean’s shunt was Fernando Alonso. He didn’t seem to be holding much back during practice, experiencing a lurid slide at Rascase as well as a few other hair-rising moments between the barriers.

Unlike Grosjean, he avoided hitting them, but he hinted he could find even more time: “We will have to wait a bit to see where all our rivals really are, because here too, until Saturday, no one pushes a hundred percent: the barriers constitute too high a threat to take risks in the first free practice sessions.”

A look at the theoretical best times based on each sector puts Alonso in between the two Mercedes, who ended the second session on top. Factor in the potential performance lost as he wasn’t able to do a flying lap right away on the super-soft tyres and Ferrari’s position looks quite strong.

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013Red Bull had a subdued first day in the principality. But as Mark Webber points out that is par for the course for them.

In 2012 their quickest car was seventh in second practice, in 2011 they were fifth, and in 2010 they were third. Yet they went on to take pole position and win each of those races.

“I think traditionally we?re never too electric here on Thursday?s,” said Webber. “Today was actually one of the better ones we?ve had in the last few years.”

That wasn’t entirely true for his team mate, who was held back by a KERS failure in the second session.

McLaren finally got their new front wing on the MP4-28 and Jenson Button found some cause for encouragement: “Our pace on a long run looks surprisingly good, although we?re not quite there with our qualifying pace yet,” he said.

“Still, I feel happier with the car here than I have the past few weekends. There are some areas in which we?ve struggled before that now seem a little bit better, and that?s obviously positive.”

Team mate Sergio Perez gave some thoughts on the pivotal question of whether drivers will be able to make it through the race with a single pit stop. He’s expecting a tactical qualifying session:

“I think Saturday will be the most important day of the weekend ?ǣ everyone will be trying to save tyres so as to have as few stops as possible in the race. It?s likely to be a slow race with low degradation, so we need to give it our all on Saturday.”

Pitting just once is preferable at Monaco as it limits the opportunities for drivers to get stuck in traffic. But Daniel Ricciardo isn’t sure that’ll be possible this year: “Running Sunday?s race on a one stop strategy could prove more difficult than last year.??

But with well over 24 hours until we see the cars on-track again Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery is hedging his bets for now:

“So far, we?d say that the teams are on course to make two stops during the race ?ǣ one seems very possible too ?ǣ but we?ll have a much better picture after qualifying on Saturday, which is when we can make a more accurate forecast in representative track conditions.”

Here’s the data from the first two practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Longest stint comparison

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Sebastian Vettel 80.447 79.49 80.574 79.558 81.978 80.279 80.832 90.22 80.825 80.599 91.521 81.392
Mark Webber 80.825 80.325 80.689 85.763 80.436 89.653 80.111 79.667 80.738 83.621 80.051 79.48 79.775 95.634 79.836 79.628 80.342 90.459 79.95 81.617 80.502 80.992 81.244 81.85
Fernando Alonso 80.417 80.356 80.807 80.084 80.592 80.555 81.208 80.777 81.224 80.968 82.008 81.498 80.533 84.399 80.274 80.088 85.516
Felipe Massa 80.412 84.302 79.719 79.586 80.743 80.767 88.9 80.551 80.41 80.717 87.718 81.101 82.047 81.512
Jenson Button 80.576 80.412 80.167 80.254 97.099 79.872 84.18 80.394 82.843 87.984 79.552 79.831 82.48 79.782 90.62 79.835 85.096 80.086
Sergio Perez 81.091 80.729 84.841 79.969 79.683 81.051 82.577 80.836 81.337
Kimi Raikkonen 79.896 79.585 79.483 80.749 85.316 79.94 80.312 80.6 80.547 80.934 82.03 81.748 80.98
Romain Grosjean 76.999 76.096 87.896 75.998 84.003 75.718
Nico Rosberg 82.599 80.989 80.749 86.516 80.887 80.582 80.422 80.572 80.478 80.794 80.823 87.992 80.52 94.325 79.751 79.845 80.377 80.639 82.845 86.293 79.784
Lewis Hamilton 83.921 81.311 80.538 79.97 80.636 80.524 80.176 80.553 81.563 81.77 81.704 81.483 81.415 81.159 84.768 81.282 80.911 83.023 81.253 80.638 80.55 80.875 80.93 81.306
Nico Hulkenberg 81.403 80.351 82.996 81.386 85.678 81.125 81.243 81.205 81.115 81.27 81.263 81.25 81.273 80.952 80.87 80.965
Esteban Gutierrez 80.652 79.854 81.511 81.952 80.54 80.655 81.236 84.148 80.761 80.714
Paul di Resta 81.395 81.948 80.076 80.353 80.539 85.432 81.067 80.861 81.304 88.613 83.606 81.305
Adrian Sutil 81.223 80.157 82.177 80.708 80.305 82.134 91.215 80.747 80.486 81.255 81.539
Pastor Maldonado 83.29 82.354 80.946 82.091 81.593 80.987 86.39 81.843 82.067 81.838 88.766 82.045 82.498
Valtteri Bottas 84.391 81.95 82.149 81.198 81.272 81.6 81.372 81.714 88.921 81.975 82.147 82.872 82.851 87.471 83.656 92.624
Jean-Eric Vergne 84.037 82.73 83.285 81.206 80.577 80.417 81.244 81.652 81.088 81.486 81.053 81.611 80.938
Daniel Ricciardo 82.29 82.004 81.049 80.791 80.859 81.123 81.389 81.306 80.953 81.069 80.534 80.535 82.74 83.595 81.519 81.149 81.031 82.561 82.886 82.565
Charles Pic 83.684 82.569 83.073 81.832 81.441 82.03 81.387 81.678 81.312 81.246 81.739 81.397 81.825 82.269 86.499 81.707 83.07
Giedo van der Garde 82.554 81.694 83.071 81.829 81.702 82.241 86.183 87.667 82.543 82.379 82.301 82.01 82.992 85.552 82.236 82.623
Jules Bianchi 84.631 85.779 84.927 82.867 83.541 84.058 84.502 84.236 84.999 89.376
Max Chilton 85.249 82.311 82.584 82.596 82.881 83.441 83.864 85.886 84.787 83.634 84.026 82.79 84.21 83.073 83.548

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S2 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 19.681 (2) 34.906 (1) 20.172 (1) 1’14.759 0.000
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 19.558 (1) 34.936 (3) 20.422 (3) 1’14.916 0.157 0.280
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 19.766 (4) 34.999 (5) 20.312 (2) 1’15.077 0.318 0.000
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 19.790 (5) 34.929 (2) 20.545 (5) 1’15.264 0.505 0.014
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 19.873 (8) 34.973 (4) 20.524 (4) 1’15.370 0.611 0.034
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 19.684 (3) 35.034 (6) 20.748 (10) 1’15.466 0.707 0.045
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 19.840 (6) 35.131 (7) 20.586 (6) 1’15.557 0.798 0.161
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 19.843 (7) 35.321 (9) 20.757 (11) 1’15.921 1.162 0.038
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 19.939 (9) 35.440 (11) 20.635 (8) 1’16.014 1.255 0.000
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 19.994 (11) 35.403 (10) 20.649 (9) 1’16.046 1.287 0.000
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 19.949 (10) 35.630 (14) 20.631 (7) 1’16.210 1.451 0.224
12 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 20.017 (12) 35.294 (8) 21.034 (15) 1’16.345 1.586 0.004
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 20.161 (15) 35.595 (13) 21.067 (17) 1’16.823 2.064 0.000
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 20.097 (13) 35.742 (16) 20.990 (14) 1’16.829 2.070 0.028
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 20.191 (16) 35.726 (15) 20.988 (13) 1’16.905 2.146 0.359
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 20.342 (18) 35.501 (12) 21.067 (17) 1’16.910 2.151 0.025
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20.113 (14) 35.840 (18) 21.056 (16) 1’17.009 2.250 0.175
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20.315 (17) 35.765 (17) 20.965 (12) 1’17.045 2.286 0.100
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 20.375 (19) 36.213 (19) 21.289 (19) 1’17.877 3.118 0.015
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 20.534 (21) 36.297 (21) 21.296 (20) 1’18.127 3.368 0.085
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 20.509 (20) 36.255 (20) 21.702 (22) 1’18.466 3.707 0.565
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 20.609 (22) 36.483 (22) 21.597 (21) 1’18.689 3.930 0.095

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.195 1’14.759 77
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’16.469 1’15.077 79
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.282 1’15.196 65
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.394 1’15.278 62
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’17.020 1’15.404 69
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’17.509 1’15.511 65
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’16.380 1’15.718 31
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1’17.129 1’15.959 69
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’17.380 1’16.014 56
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’17.548 1’16.046 70
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’17.625 1’16.349 64
12 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’17.378 1’16.434 66
13 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.193 1’16.823 69
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.993 1’16.857 68
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.754 1’16.935 73
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.067 1’17.145 63
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.454 1’17.184 68
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’18.830 1’17.264 75
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’19.773 1’17.892 61
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’19.438 1’18.212 72
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’20.225 1’18.784 62
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’19.203 1’19.031 52

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 281.1
2 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 280.8 0.3
3 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 278.4 2.7
4 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 278.3 2.8
5 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 277.7 3.4
6 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 277.7 3.4
7 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 277.5 3.6
8 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 277.4 3.7
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 277.4 3.7
10 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 277.2 3.9
11 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 277.2 3.9
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 277.2 3.9
13 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 276.9 4.2
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 276.6 4.5
15 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 276.4 4.7
16 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 276.3 4.8
17 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 276.1 5
18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 275.7 5.4
19 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 273.9 7.2
20 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 273.9 7.2
21 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 273.8 7.3
22 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 271.9 9.2

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