Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013

Mercedes stay on top as Grosjean shunts

2013 Monaco Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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