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.
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