Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Hamilton pips Rosberg as Mercedes lead first practice

2014 Monaco Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014The Mercedes drivers traded fastest times throughout the first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix but it was Lewis Hamilton who ended up on top.

There was little to choose between him and team mate Nico Rosberg, however, as the pair were separated by just three-hundredths of a second at the end of the 90-minute session.

Daniel Ricciardo posted the third-fastest time, just over two-tenths off Hamilton’s best and half a second ahead of the other Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.

The pair were separated by Fernando Alonso, who went off at Mirabeau in the final moments of the session and had to reverse his Ferrari back onto the circuit.

He wasn’t the only driver to have trouble at that corner. Adrian Sutil spun his Sauber into the barrier with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Earlier on Max Chilton’s session also came to an end at the same corner when he spun, facing against the flow of traffic. He was unable to get his car restarted and so missed out on some valuable practice time.

By the end of the session both Saubers had stopped circulating. Esteban Gutierrez had a heavy lock-up at Sainte Devote and although he managed to keep his car out of the barriers he was not able to rejoin the circuit.

With the risk of rain during the second practice session rising, some teams chose to make an early start on their high-fuel runs at the end of the session.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.271 32
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.303 0.032 31
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.506 0.235 37
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’18.930 0.659 31
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.043 0.772 33
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’19.467 1.196 31
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’19.494 1.223 31
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’19.666 1.395 29
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.789 1.518 29
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.856 1.585 38
11 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.033 1.762 35
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.118 1.847 33
13 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’20.207 1.936 33
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’20.241 1.970 38
15 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.260 1.989 36
16 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’20.517 2.246 25
17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.736 2.465 28
18 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.914 2.643 37
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’21.310 3.039 27
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’22.063 3.792 40
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’22.492 4.221 38
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’25.817 7.546 7

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