Jenson Button tops unexpected wet Monaco practice

Jenson Button

Jenson Button

Jenson Button topped the Thursday times at Monaco before an unexpected rain shower halted the improving times.

The McLaren driver set a 1:15.746s on Pirelli’s super-soft tyre, and could not be beaten as rain after 30 minutes of the session spoiled what looked to be an entertaining battle at the top of the time sheets.

Compared to his rivals, Button’s time was impressive, but the shower meant that he was the only driver to get the full benefit of the super-soft compound on a dry track.

That lap may prove to be the last dry lap of the weekend, with forecasters predicting showers on Saturday, and possible showers on Sunday.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso set the pace in the opening session, plus the fourth fastest time in the second. His team-mate Felipe Massa was also strong in both sessions, signalling a potential return to race-winning form for the famous team.

Neither of Australia’s drivers Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) made any significant impressions on either sessions, with Webber’s Practice 2 result the best of pair.

As is tradition at Monaco, Grand Prix teams will rest tomorrow (Friday) ahead of Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.

Practice 1 

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.265 22
2 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.630 0.365 17
3 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.711 0.446 19
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.747 0.482 12
5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.760 0.495 20
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.843 0.578 19
7 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.038 0.773 21
8 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.190 0.925 13
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.222 0.957 14
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.261 0.996 18
11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:17.413 1.148 14
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:17.631 1.366 18
13 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.106 1.841 14
14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:18.209 1.944 25
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:18.252 1.987 28
16 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:18.302 2.037 16
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:18.617 2.352 20
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:19.039 2.774 20
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:19.341 3.076 16
20 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:20.838 4.573 26
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.895 4.630 18
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:21.638 5.373 9
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:22.423 6.158 15
24 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault No time 1

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.746 17
2 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.138 0.392 19
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.602 0.856 21
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.661 0.915 23
5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.820 1.074 20
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.021 1.275 15
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.148 1.402 23
8 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.153 1.407 22
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:17.293 1.547 11
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.303 1.557 21
11 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.375 1.629 19
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:17.395 1.649 21
13 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:17.655 1.909 18
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:17.800 2.054 25
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.251 2.505 24
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:18.440 2.694 25
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:18.522 2.776 22
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:18.808 3.062 26
19 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:19.267 3.521 25
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.309 3.563 29
21 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:20.029 4.283 13
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.240 4.494 21
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:20.631 4.885 12
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:20.886 5.140 10

 

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