Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Ferrari top and tail damp second practice session

2014 Monaco Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, 2014Rain ahead of the second practice was exactly what the drivers did not want. With Saturday and Sunday forecast to be dry they had no incentive to run on the wet track.

Valtteri Bottas was the only driver to venture out during the first 40 minutes, returning to the pits after a single, twitchy run. After that the track fell silent until Adrian Sutil ventured out in the Sauber just before the halfway mark.

The Ferrari drivers were among the first to join the track when the conditions improved, but Kimi Raikkonen didn’t stay out for long. His gearbox stuck in third as he passed the pits and he had to complete a slow tour back in, which marked the end of his session.

A handful of drivers completed laps on intermediate tyres before another wait began for the track to become dry enough for slick tyres. This didn’t happen until the final ten minutes, at which point all the remaining cars appeared on track at once.

Despite the inevitable traffic problems around the tight Monaco circuit, Fernando Alonso consistently posted the fastest times to end up on top with a lap of 1’18.482. Using the super-soft tyres on the still slippery track, his lap was two tenths of a second slower than the fastest from first practice set by Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver was second-quickest after having to abort one lap when he came across Marcus Ericsson who had crashed at Portier.

Sebastian Vettel took third ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez, meaning six different teams took the top six places.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’18.482 15
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.901 0.419 12
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.017 0.535 15
4 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.351 0.869 14
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’19.421 0.939 9
6 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’19.668 1.186 9
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.712 1.230 10
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.721 1.239 16
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’19.779 1.297 11
10 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.230 1.748 16
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’20.394 1.912 8
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.622 2.140 13
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.811 2.329 8
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’20.977 2.495 7
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.467 2.985 8
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’21.700 3.218 6
17 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’21.924 3.442 6
18 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’21.937 3.455 13
19 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’22.683 4.201 13
20 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.862 4.380 11
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’23.164 4.682 6
22 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’45.509 27.027 4

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