Mercedes stay on top as Grosjean shunts

2013 Monaco Grand Prix second practice

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013Nico Rosberg was fastest for the second session in a row in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

His team mate Lewis Hamilton joined him at the top of the times making it a one-two for Mercedes. But several of their closest rivals were unable to improve their best times as the session was briefly red-flagged.

The first interruption came as Romain Grosjean understeered into the barrier at Sainte Devote. The Lotus driver said afterwards he hadn’t warmed his tyres up enough on his out lap.

The marshals quickly craned the car away but moments after the sector was declared clear the session was red-flagged. The kerb at turn 13 had begun to break up, and the debris was cleared away during a brief interruption.

The Ferrari drivers were among those who had to postpone their runs on the faster super soft tyres. Fernando Alonso was visibly pushing hard, having a near-miss with Nico Hulkenberg at Rascasse, and set the third-quickest time followed by Felipe Massa.

Mark Webber was the quickest of the two Red Bulls. Team mate Sebastian Vettel was only ninth after experiencing a KERS failure during the session.

Despite his crash, Grosjean held onto the seventh-fastest time behind team mate Kimi Raikkonen. Jenson Button was eighth, though he wasn’t able to get a clear lap in on super-soft tyres until his fifth attempt.

His McLaren team mate Sergio Perez was told to stop at the pit lane exit at one point as the team briefly thought there was a problem with his car, though he was able to continue. He ended the session 12th behind the Force Indias.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’14.759 46
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’15.077 0.318 51
3 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.196 0.437 38
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.278 0.519 39
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’15.404 0.645 42
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’15.511 0.752 39
7 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’15.718 0.959 10
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.959 1.200 40
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.014 1.255 33
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’16.046 1.287 43
11 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’16.349 1.590 44
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.434 1.675 41
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.823 2.064 43
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.857 2.098 41
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.935 2.176 45
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.145 2.386 38
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.184 2.425 43
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’17.264 2.505 47
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’17.892 3.133 41
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’18.212 3.453 44
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’18.784 4.025 41
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’19.031 4.272 31

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24 comments on Mercedes stay on top as Grosjean shunts

  1. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 23rd May 2013, 14:37

    Mercedes are looking very strong and not bad at all on race pace. Interestingly though Red Bull aren’t looking very quick unlike in previous years…

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd May 2013, 14:40

    Fascinating insights from AMuS about Williams. Seems what they ran this morning was in fact a genuine 2012 nose/FW! Apparently they put last years floor on the car in Barcelona to see where it went wrong, now they did the nose, and it seems they found that was where the problem is (see speed this morning).

    Only they can’t use the FW because it flexes too much for this years tests.

    • melkurion (@melkurion) said on 23rd May 2013, 14:55

      Interesting, so basicly the new nose doesn’t work with either floor, but the old nose works with both ….

    • DaveW (@dmw) said on 23rd May 2013, 15:06

      Seems like they just need four steel brackets and a length of thin steel cable and they can use the wing. I’m sure there is a decent hardware store in Monaco.

      • Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 23rd May 2013, 17:37

        Yes, but they’d have to pay Monaco prices… India would be better value, but that’s too long to wait!

        It’s not a pretty sight with the stepped nose back again, but if they’ve cracked it, that’s a better effort than McLaren with all their resources.

        At what points during the weekend is the load test applied? I mean could they qualify with the old wing, then put the new one back on during a pit stop?

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 23rd May 2013, 15:48

      If that turns out to solve it, I guess they’ll be very sorry to not have done more systematic back-to-back tests in the pre-season @bascb

  3. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 23rd May 2013, 14:41

    Maldonado seems to making good in his promiss :)

    But seriously: Seeing this I’m reallllyyy glad that Pirelli has soft and supersoft here. Seeing a train run behind Rosberg and Hamilton would be an even bigger borefest then last year! So here’s hoping that some alternate stopping combined with quick, free running laps will shake things up a bit !

  4. Aldoid said on 23rd May 2013, 15:13

    Practice @ Monaco has been more exciting than some of the races so far this year. So refreshing to watch the drivers push hard without caring too much about tire management. Alonso definitely pushing his Ferrari to the limit! Merc looks unbeatable so far though.

    • Aldoid said on 23rd May 2013, 15:16

      …on one lap pace, at least…

      • Himmat said on 23rd May 2013, 18:27

        And what more is there to Monaco if not one-lap pace, my dear friend? Good old Kovy beat Button on merit last year simply because he got ahead at the start. Anyway, I want to see a Merc 1-2 with a train running up to P10/P12. That would be awesome!

  5. Tayyib (@m0nzaman) said on 23rd May 2013, 15:47

    Merc look seriously quick over 1 lap if they can make 1 stop strategy work they have got a really good chance. Lotus, Ferrari and Red Bull all in with a shout.

  6. Nick.UK (@) said on 23rd May 2013, 17:19

    Regarding Grosjean’s crash. Is it normal for a carbon fibre suspension/track rod or whatever to break like that? It just disintergrated into a cluster of threads. I’ve never ever seen that, and it’s not exactly uncommon to knock a wheel off in F1.

    • beneboy (@beneboy) said on 23rd May 2013, 23:15

      @nick-uk
      I was thinking that myself, never seen anything split apart into fibres like that so had me wondering if it was maybe a new type of wheel tether or something to hold the suspension assembly together. Although the view I was getting on TV didn’t give me a good enough view of that side of the car to be able to tell where/what it was attached to.

  7. nickfrog (@nickfrog) said on 23rd May 2013, 18:07

    Impressive Bianchi again. Come on, give him a Ferrari next year.

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