Schumacher crashes out while Vettel leads Monaco first practice

Vettel beat Alonso and Rosberg to top spot

Vettel beat Alonso and Rosberg to top spot

Sebastian Vettel just came out on top in Monaco Thursday practice 1, in a spirited end to the session which saw 3 drivers lead within a matter of minutes.

It could have been 4 drivers, but Lewis Hamilton was held up on his final run, after setting the fastest sector 1 time of the day.

Vettel pipped Fernando Alonso by one tenth, while Nico Rosberg was 3rd after briefly leading. Felipe Massa was 4th, while the McLarens were 5th and 6th.

As expected, Pastor Maldonado impressed in 7th, having good experience of the Monaco street circuit. Michael Schumacher was more than 1.5 seconds off his teammate in 10th place.

Daniel Ricciardo in, 14th, came within 2 tenths of Sebastien Buemi. The Saubers were 15th and 16th, while the Lotus drivers finished 17th and 18th.

Despite setting 32 laps, Paul di Resta was massively off the pace in 19th position, only 2 tenths ahead of the Virgins. While Narain Karthikeyan got 37 laps under his belt, Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed exiting the tunnel.

He, along with Mark Webber, only set 3 laps each. The Red Bull driver failed to set a fast lap, appearing to be stuck in gear as he cruised around the circuit.

The following is a video of Schumacher’s crash:

As an afterthought, it seems appropiate to mention what happened in GP2 qualifying today. While many F1 drivers have been concerned about the use of DRS around this track, the feeder series had more fundamental problems:

Times from TP1:

 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1.16.619           25
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1.16.732   0.113	24
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1.17.139   0.520	20
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                   1.17.316   0.697	24
 5.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes          1.17.350   0.731	23
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1.17.534   0.915	24
 7.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth         1.18.527   1.908	30
 8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes      1.18.578   1.959	24
 9.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                   1.18.733   2.114	16
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                  1.18.805   2.186	14
11.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                   1.18.928   2.309	19
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1.19.234   2.615	24
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth         1.19.395   2.776	24
14.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1.19.463   2.844	25
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari            1.19.768   3.149	25
16.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari            1.19.792   3.173	26
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault             1.20.083   3.464	23
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault             1.21.116   4.497	27
19.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes      1.21.548   4.929	32
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth           1.21.758   5.139	31
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth           1.21.815   5.196	17
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth              1.22.840   6.221	13
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth              1.23.885   7.266	37
24.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault          N/A                3
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