Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Button leads rain-hit Monaco second practice

Jenson Button was fastest in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

All of the fastest times were set in the first 15 minutes, though, as showers of rain throughout the session disrupted the running.

An early dash on the super-softs resulted in a 1:15.746 for the McLaren driver, ahead of Romain Grosjean and the two Ferraris.

There was a small dry period in between the showers, but it wasn’t enough to encourage much running on the super-softs. The final half hour saw the track being sufficiently wet to require intermediate tyres.

Mirabeau proved to be treacherous – Bruno Senna, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa and Heikki Kovalainen all going off there.

Times from FP2:

 1. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:15.746           14
 2. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1:16.138  +0.392   17
 3. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:16.602  +0.856   19
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:16.661  +0.915   21
 5. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1:16.820  +1.074   18
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:17.021  +1.275   13
 7. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:17.148  +1.402   21
 8. Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:17.153  +1.407   20
 9. Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:17.293  +1.547    9
10. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:17.303  +1.557   19
11. Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:17.375  +1.629   17
12. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:17.395  +1.649   19
13. Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1:17.655  +1.909   18
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:17.800  +2.054   23
15. Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:18.251  +2.505   22
16. Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1:18.440  +2.694   23
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:18.522  +2.776   20
18. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:18.808  +3.062   24
19. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1:19.267  +3.521   23
20. Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1:19.309  +3.563   27
21. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1:20.029  +4.283   13
22. Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1:20.240  +4.494   19
23. Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1:20.631  +4.885   12
24. Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1:20.886  +5.140   10

Alonso tops shortened Monaco first practice

Fernando Alonso put his Ferrari on top in Thursday practice 1 today.

The session was red flagged with 10 minutes to go, after Heikki Kovalainen’s engine blew. With the racing line covered in oil, no more running was completed.

Michael Schumacher’s session was cut short, after damaging his car at the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane. He suffered front wing and wheel cap damage.

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen didn’t set a fast lap at all, the Lotus team opting to adjust the steering on his car.

Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean initially traded fastest laps, but it was a 1:16.265 for Alonso that put him on top.

Times from FP1:

 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:16.265            22
 2.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1:16.630  +0.365   17
 3.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1:16.711  +0.446   19
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1:16.747  +0.482   12
 5.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1:16.760  +0.495   20
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:16.843  +0.578   19
 7.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1:17.038  +0.773   21
 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:17.190  +0.925   13
 9.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1:17.222  +0.957   14
10.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1:17.261  +0.996   18
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1:17.413  +1.148   14
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1:17.631  +1.366   18
13.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1:18.106  +1.841   14
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:18.209  +1.944   25
15.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:18.252  +1.987   28
16.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1:18.302  +2.037   16
17.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1:18.617  +2.352   20
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1:19.039  +2.774   20
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1:19.341  +3.076   16
20.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1:20.838  +4.573   26
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1:20.895  +4.630   18
22.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1:21.638  +5.373    9
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1:22.423  +6.158   15
24.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         N/A       N/A       1
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