F1 2014

Alonso Fastest – Monaco FP2

Fernando Alonso was fastest in a rain-affected second free practice session ahead of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, temporarily stalling the remorseless advance of Mercedes whose drivers ended up at either ends of the order with Lewis Hamilton in 2nd and Nico Rosberg down in 20th.

McLaren got a short-lived but welcome tonic as Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were fastest for most of the session on the intermediate tyres before the track dried out and all teams switched to the dry tyres in a bid to learn something with just minutes left on the clock. It led to a qualifying-style scramble for track space and laptimes that gave back something to spectators who had spent most of the ninety minutes with no on-track action and getting soaked to the skin as a rain storm swept across the principality.

Despite the tricky conditions when drivers eventually did go out, only Marcus Ericsson made a mistake when he slid his Caterham into the barriers at Portier corner just before the tunnel entrance, though he escaped without major damage and was able to continue. Kimi Raikkonen couldn’t carry on after a mechanical problem rendered his F14T immobile early on and out of the running when the track was dry later.

F1 takes a traditional break on Friday’s in Monaco, before on-track action resumes on Saturday morning with FP3 and qualifying.

CLASSIFICATION – FP2 – Monaco GP – 22nd May 2014

1 Alonso Ferrari 1:18:482 15
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1:18:901 12
3 Vettel Red Bull 1:19:017 15
4 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:19:351 14
5 Bottas Williams 1:19:421 9
6 Perez Force India 1:19:668 9
7 Hulkenberg Force India 1:19:712 10
8 Button McLaren 1:19:721 16
9 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:19:779 11
10 Magnussen McLaren 1:20:230 16
11 Massa Williams 1:20:394 8
12 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:20:622 13
13 Sutil Sauber 1:20:811 8
14 Maldonado Lotus 1:20:977 7
15 Gutierrez Sauber 1:21:467 8
16 Grosjean Lotus 1:21:700 6
17 Kobayashi Caterham 1:21:924 6
18 Bianchi Marussia 1:21:937 13
19 Chilton Marussia 1:22:683 13
20 Rosberg Mercedes 1:22:862 11
21 Ericsson Caterham 1:23:164 6
22 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:45:509 4

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