Thursday, May 24, 2012

Practice One: Alonso quickest in shortened session

Fernando Alonso set the pace in a shortened first practice session in Monaco after a spectacular engine blow-out for Heikki Kovalainen in the tunnel

Practice One got off to a slow start with just four drivers, led by Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne, set lap times in the opening half an hour. The benchmark was a 1:22.207.

The Frenchman continued lapping, dropping it to a 1:19.086 before he was overhauled by another Frenchman as Romain Grosjean posted a 1:18.820.

Michael Schumacher was the next to lead the way only to lose out to Grosjean as the duo traded fastest lap times. Grosjean emerged quickest with a 1:17.188.

Halfway through the session it was Grosjean, Schumacher, Kamui Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado, Vernge, Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa in the top eight positions.

Fernando Alonso was the next to lead the way, taking 0.062s off Grosjean's time while neither McLaren was able to break into the top ten in their early runs.

With 30 minutes remaining in the session, reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel finally posted his first lap time but it was only good enough for 18th place.

That, though, left Kimi Raikkonen as the only driver without a time to his name as the Finn's Lotus mechanics worked on his steering system.

Grosjean returned to the front with a 1:16.751 only to lose out to Hamilton by 0.004s. The Lotus driver, though, came back at the McLaren driver to again take the lead. However, that tussle came to an end when, with 13 minutes remaining, Alonso hit the front with a 1:16.495.

With nine minutes to go, the sessionw as red flagged as Heikki Kovalainen's Caterham ran into problems as his engine blew in the tunnel. And with so much smoke - there was a lot! - the session had to be stopped no one could see anything.

The session was not restarted with Alonso finishing on top ahead of Grosjean, Perez and Hamilton.


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

Source: Planet-F1

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