Hamilton edges Rosberg to set Monaco pace

Lewis Hamilton posted the fattest time of the day in FP1

Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time of the day in FP1

Lewis Hamilton remains the man to beat as he topped the times in Thursday practice for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver posted the fastest time in Free Practice 1 after a duel with team-mate Nico Rosberg.

A rain shower before the afternoon’s second practice session presented drivers with a wet track ensuring Hamilton’s FP1 time, set in the dry, would remain the quickest of the day.

The opening session of the weekend proved to be battle of the two Mercedes with Hamilton and Rosberg trading places at the top of the standings.

In the end, the championship leader’s pace in the second and last sectors of the lap were vital in producing his best effort of 1.18.271s, which was just 0.032s quicker than Rosberg.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest just two tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton. The Australian had briefly held the top spot earlier in the session.

Fernando Alonso was the only other driver to post a time sub 1m19s as the Ferrari driver secured fourth spot with a strong run in the final 10 minutes of the session.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ended the hit out in fifth after taking his time to settle into a rhythm behind the wheel of the RB10.

Kimi Raikkonen improved late on to move into sixth spot ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Force India’s Sergio Perez, who had run as high as fourth.

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen on his F1 debut at Monaco was ninth quickest while Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10.

Sauber’s Adrian Sutil was the only driver to encounter any real trouble as he struck the barriers at Mirabeau after a spin.

Alonso set the pace in a rain affected Free Practice 2 with a time just two tenths of a second slower than Hamilton’s FP1 personal best.

It took more than half an hour for any action to commence as teams waited for track conditions to improve before venturing out onto the circuit. As the session progressed drivers slowly emerged from the garages shod with intermediate tyres.

Once a dry line developed towards the end of the session, the times began to tumble prompting teams to switch to slick tyres.

The final 10 minutes produced a flurry of activity with Alonso posting a 1.18.482 which proved to be the benchmark time. The effort was his best of the day and good enough for third overall on combined times.

Hamilton finished second fastest ahead of Vettel and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.

Alonso’s team-mate Raikkonen completed just four laps as his Ferrari suffered from suspected gearbox issues.

Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Free Practice 1 Results

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.271s 32
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m18.303s +0.032s 31
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.506s +0.235s 37
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m18.930s +0.659s 31
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.043s +0.772s 33
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.467s +1.196s 31
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m19.494s +1.223s 31
8 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.666s +1.395s 29
9 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.789s +1.518s 29
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.856s +1.585s 38
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.033s +1.762s 35
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.118s +1.847s 33
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.207s +1.936s 33
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.241s +1.970s 38
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.260s +1.989s 36
16 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m20.517s +2.246s 25
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.736s +2.465s 18
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.914s +2.643s 37
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.310s +3.039s 27
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m22.063s +3.792s 40
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m22.492s +4.221s 38
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m25.817s +7.546s  7

Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Results

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m18.482s 15
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.901s +0.419s 12
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.017s +0.535s 15
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.351s +0.869s 14
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m19.421s +0.939s  9
6 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.668s +1.186s  9
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.712s +1.230s 10
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.721s +1.239s 16
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m19.779s +1.297s 11
10 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.230s +1.748s 16
11 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m20.394s +1.912s  8
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.622s +2.140s 13
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.811s +2.329s  8
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.977s +2.495s  7
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m21.467s +2.985s  8
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m21.700s +3.218s  6
17 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m21.924s +3.442s  6
18 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.937s +3.455s 13
19 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m22.683s +4.201s 13
20 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.862s +4.380s 11
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m23.164s +4.682s  6
22 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m45.509s +27.027s  4


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