Hamilton tops quiet second Monaco GP practice

AUTO-PRIX-F1-MONThe weather was the dominant factor in Thursday’s second practice in Monte Carlo. Rain arrived around 20 minutes into the session – just after Marussia’s Roberto Merhi had crashed exiting the tunnel, briefly bringing out the red flags – and rendered subsequent lap time improvements all but impossible.

A few drivers ventured back out on a damp track in the final ten minutes, but it meant Lewis Hamilton was left sitting pretty atop the timesheet, seven-tenths clear of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and over a second ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Team mate Kimi Raikkonen backed Vettel up in fourth, followed by Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, and the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz and FP1 star Max Verstappen. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean completed the top ten.

All drivers set their quickest times on the soft rubber. Only Pastor Maldonado got as far as switching to the supersoft tyre, but the Lotus driver did so just as the heavens opened and was lucky to make it back to the pits without incident, such was the obvious lack of grip.

Monaco Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:17.192 Leader Leader 10
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:17.932 -0.740 -0.740 14
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:18.295 -1.103 -0.363 12
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:18.543 -1.351 -0.248 13
5 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:18.548 -1.356 -0.005 15
6 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:18.659 -1.467 -0.111 12
7 33 Max Verstappen 1:18.782 -1.590 -0.123 10
8 14 Fernando Alonso 1:18.906 -1.714 -0.124 16
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:19.151 -1.959 -0.245 11
10 8 Romain Grojean 1:19.266 -2.074 -0.115 11
11 11 Sergio Perez 1:19.300 -2.108 -0.034 11
12 19 Felipe Massa 1:19.560 -2.368 -0.260 13
13 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:19.566 -2.374 -0.006 12
14 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:19.577 -2.385 -0.011 11
15 22 Jenson Button 1:19.606 -2.414 -0.029 12
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:19.639 -2.447 -0.033 12
17 12 Felipe Nasr 1:20.263 -3.071 -0.624 9
18 98 Roberto Merhi 1:22.017 -4.825 -1.754 8
19 28 Will Stevens 1:22.943 -5.751 -0.926 11
20 9 Marcus Ericsson 0:00.000 17.192 22.943 0

 

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