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

Rosberg puts Mercedes on top in Monaco

2013 Monaco Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013Nico Rosberg underlined Mercedes’ status as pre-race favourites in Monaco by setting the fastest time in the first practice session.

But Fernando Alonso lapped within a tenth of a second of Rosberg’s best effort and might have beaten it had he not been briefly delayed by Charles Pic on one lap.

Romain Grosjean posted a late improvement to take the third-fastest time off Felipe Massa. The second Ferrari driver had a near-miss with Max Chilton, forcing the Marussia to take evasive action after making a late swerve into the pit lane.

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest and was one of several drivers to lock up and go straight on at Sainte Devote. Pastor Maldonado gave some encouragement to Williams with the sixth-fastest time.

Last year’s winner Mark Webber was seventh followed by the two McLarens. Jenson Button had a brush with the barriers on one lap but his team told him he’d avoided damaging the car.

The other Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel completed the top ten, followed by Kimi Raikkonen. Next were the two Force Indias, with Adrian Sutil fortunate to avoid damaging his car after spinning at Sainte Devote.

Bright and sunny conditions greeted the teams for the first session of the weekend and track temperatures rose as high as 23C.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.195 31
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.282 0.087 27
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’16.380 0.185 21
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.394 0.199 23
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’16.469 0.274 28
6 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.993 0.798 27
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’17.020 0.825 27
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’17.129 0.934 29
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.193 0.998 26
10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’17.378 1.183 25
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’17.380 1.185 23
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’17.509 1.314 26
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’17.548 1.353 27
14 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’17.625 1.430 20
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.454 2.259 25
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.754 2.559 28
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’18.830 2.635 28
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’19.067 2.872 25
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’19.203 3.008 21
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’19.438 3.243 28
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’19.773 3.578 20
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’20.225 4.030 21

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