Alonso tops Monaco Friday Practice 2

Fernando Alonso led both Friday Practice sessions in Monaco today

Fernando Alonso led both Friday Practice sessions in Monaco today

Fernando Alonso made it two in a row today, by topping the second practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, as he did the first. This time, however, he was challenged much more by the other drivers.

This session proved to be much more difficult than the first, thanks to slightly damper conditions, as well as traffic on several occasions. Both Felipe Massa and Timo Glock ran wide at Snt Devote corner, for example. Michael Schumacher was repeatedly caught out by the new kerbs at the Turn 11 chicane.

Traffic proved to be a problem again, but not as you would expect. Felipe Massa went too slowly at the last corner, in preparation for the next lap, and Heikki Kovalainen squeezed through. This sort of situation may well prove to be a problem in qualifying, especially in Q1. For Massa’s next lap after this minor scare, he was holding up Timo Glock.

Then, light rain began to fall. It wasn’t hard enough to necessitate intermidiate tyres, but enough for the cars to have trouble. Lewis Hamilton had a moment at the Anthony Combes corner, but just about kept it together. Jaime Alguersuari nearly lost control at the Turn 11 chicane, like Kimi Raikkonen did in 2008, but very skilfully kept it out of the barriers.

Again, Alonso topped the session, but the other drivers were much closer than last time. Nico Rosberg was 2nd, and only one tenth back, and Sebastian Vettel was a further 9 hundreths behind. Felipe Massa was 2 hundreths slower than Vettel, and Michael Schumacher 2 hundreths again back from Massa. Then there was a gap of 5 hundreths of a second to Robert Kubica in 6th.

It was another relatively poor session for McLaren. Lewis Hamilton as 7th, after several near misses today. Jenson Button was 9th, but 4 tenths slower than Lewis. Mark Webber was another driver who was dissapointing, as he was 10th overall, and half a second slower than his team-mate.

The two Williams cars were 13th and 14th, with Hulkenberg leading Barrichello by two tenths of a second. Adrian Sutil again did much better than his team-mate Liuzzi, as Sutil was 8th, and 1.1 seconds quicker than Liuzzi in 15th.

The Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen was the fastest of the new teams. Lucas di Grassi split in between him and Jarno Trulli to get 20th. Timo Glock was 22nd, ahead of the two HRTs. It was a complete waste of a session for Bruno Senna, as his car is in need of the repair, and the team will have to wait until the parts are sent to them by Dallara. It is understood that it is a chassis problem, like Senna was saying last week. He therefore was the slowest of the grid this session.

Times from Monaco Friday Practice 2:

Driver Team Fastest lap Gap # of Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1.14.904 36
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1.15.013 0.109 40
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.15.099 0.195 48
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.15.120 0.216 45
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1.15.143 0.239 38
6 Robert Kubica Renault 1.15.192 0.288 39
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.15.249 0.345 32
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1.15.460 0.556 42
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1.15.619 0.715 38
10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.15.620 0.716 28
11 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1.15.746 0.842 44
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.16.276 1.372 46
13 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1.16.348 1.444 48
14 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1.16.522 1.618 38
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1.16.528 1.624 42
16 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1.16.599 1.695 36
17 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1.16.818 1.914 46
18 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.17.023 2.119 28
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1.18.184 3.28 48
20 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1.18.478 3.574 38
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1.18.667 3.763 13
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1.18.721 3.817 42
23 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1.20.313 5.409 36
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1.22.148 7.244 11

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