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Mixed Fortunes

Fernando Alonso topped Thursday’s rain-affected second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Although it did not rain during the 90 minutes of running, a heavy downpour in the hour before soaked the track, leading to a tentative start in terms of track action.

It was not until the final 10 minutes that drivers started posting lap times on slick rubber, with Alonso completing a six-lap stint on super-soft Pirellis and setting his best time of 1m18.482s on his final flier. With the track getting faster in the final minutes, everyone except Kimi Raikkonen set their fastest time on super-soft rubber, although it did not get fast enough for Alonso to eclipse Lewis Hamilton’s fastest time of the morning session.

Raikkonen was the ninth driver to complete a lap during this phase of the running, but it was not a serious attempt thanks to his Ferrari getting stuck in third gear, leading him to return to the pits and end his session prematurely, hence his position 27 seconds off the pace at the foot of the timesheets.


Kimi Raikkonen: “Unfortunately, the bad weather affected this first day of practice and halved the possibility to complete the work we had planned. In the morning, on the dry track, we tried various set-up options, without encountering any particular problems, apart from a lack of grip at the front under braking. In the afternoon, we made a few changes to improve the balance of the car, but having waited almost an hour before being able to go out on track, a problem with the gearbox prevented me from completing the session. On Saturday we will try and make the most of the third free practice session to complete our programme for qualifying, which we know is the key factor here.”

Pat Fry: “It’s a shame we didn’t get the most out of today. Usually, you do a lot of laps in Monaco as it’s the only way to gain confidence on this very unusual track and that is even more the case this year, to learn how to manage the power delivery as well as possible with these new engines, keeping the torque under control, while trying to find the limit on a track that doesn’t allow for any mistakes. On top of that, for us engineers it is vital to understand where we can improve in terms of driveability and car stability, because with the walls this close, the drivers have to feel completely comfortable. With Fernando, because of the rain that fell in the lunch break, the afternoon session was reduced to around an hour, with just one run on Supersoft tyres, after a run on Intermediates.

The softest compound in the range is harder than last year and took a few more laps to get up to temperature, so it was very important to try it with a view to qualifying. Unfortunately Kimi’s second session ended after four laps because of a problem with the gearbox on his F14 T, but we hope that, with an extra day’s work available this weekend, we will have the time to adjust the set-up of the car properly to suit the characteristics of this track.”

FP2 Times:

Pos 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



Report – Fourth and sixth times for Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in the first free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. The Scuderia Ferrari drivers, along with all the others in fact, had to deal with particularly low grip levels. This is down to a combination of factors, including low track temperature which never exceeded the 25° mark and some recent resurfacing.

Fernando covered 31 laps here in Monte Carlo, the fastest in 1.18.930, improving continuously throughout the session. It was a similar dynamic for Kimi, who completed the same number of laps, with a best of 1.19.467.

FP1 Times:

Raikkonen’s Ferrari spun but continued at Ste Devote on his final run, while team-mate Alonso took to the escape road at Mirabeau after locking his brakes, but the Spaniard easily kept his car out of the barriers.

Pos 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



  1. More problems for Kimi. Why does he not just throw in the towel and retire now? His comeback has been a disaster with Ferrari!!!!


  2. He doesn’t throw in the towel because he never gives up:)


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