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GP Monaco, prove libere giovedì – 21/05/2015

Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton leads second F1 practice before rain hits

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, but rain early in the session limited running.

Hamilton clocked a 1m17.192s, 0.7 seconds quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel four tenths further adrift in the Ferrari.

The session was only 14 minutes old when Roberto Merhi lost control of his Manor exiting the tunnel before crunching the front wing into the barriers.

The session was red-flagged and though it restarted six minutes later, a few drops of rain was a sign of worse things to come.

Pastor Maldonado ventured out on a set of super-soft tyres, but while it was relatively dry in the pitlane, rain was falling on the east side of the track and Lotus immediately called the Venezuelan back to the pits.

The rain intensified and most drivers got out of their cars and rolled down their overalls as they prepared for a wait.

Eventually, the rain stopped with half an hour to go, but it wasn’t until the final 10 minutes that drivers headed back out.

The intermediates were generally the tyre of choice but Mercedes decided to split its programme with Rosberg running the full wets instead.

But conditions remained tricky, with the wet track creating a lot of spray and drivers lapping around 18s slower than in the dry.

As a result, Hamilton’s early time – which was 1.6s quicker than his leading time in first practice – kept him top of the pile.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, two tenths of a second slower than Ferrari team-mate Vettel, with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat fifth.

Max Verstappen, who impressed with the second quickest time in first practice on his first visit to Monaco, was seventh, a tenth slower than Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

Fernando Alonso gave McLaren a top 10 placing with eighth, ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean.

Sergio Perez was 11th in the second Force India with the Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas 12th and 13th respectively.

Maldonado was 14th, followed McLaren’s Jenson Button, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

Manor’s Merhi beat team-mate Will Stevens to 18th place before his crash while Marcus Ericsson had an ERS issue and didn’t set a lap time.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.192s 12
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m17.932s 0.740s 16
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.295s 1.103s 14
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.543s 1.351s 15
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m18.548s 1.356s 16
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.659s 1.467s 14
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.782s 1.590s 12
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m18.906s 1.714s 18
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m19.151s 1.959s 13
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m19.266s 2.074s 13
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m19.300s 2.108s 13
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.560s 2.368s 15
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m19.566s 2.374s 14
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m19.577s 2.385s 13
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m19.606s 2.414s 14
16 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m19.639s 2.447s 13
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m20.263s 3.071s 10
18 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m22.017s 4.825s 9
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m22.943s 5.751s 13

Da Autosport.com



Monaco GP F1: Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen in practice one
Lewis Hamilton went fastest of all in first practice for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, though an impressive Max Verstappen came close to matching him with a late flying lap.

Hamilton’s peak in practice one last year was 1m18.271s but this year his fastest time was 1m18.750s, set mid-way through the session before Mercedes switched to high-fuel running.

Team-mate Rosberg’s quickest during this phase was a second slower, and he fell down the order as others improved their times later on.

Following overnight rain the track was declared wet, and the drivers completed their installation laps on intermediate tyres.

It quickly became apparent that the surface was largely dry and the Mercedes of Hamilton and Rosberg headed back out to lead the way on slick tyres, drilling down into the 1m22s bracket and below in the first 30 minutes.

As ever in Monaco, the asphalt (around 80 per cent of which has been resurfaced since last year) was slippery before it began to rubber in, and the low ambient temperature of 14C made it tough to get heat into the brakes and tyres.

Rosberg brushed the barrier at Tabac early in the session without incurring damage, Daniel Ricciardo, Pastor Maldonado, Romain Grosjean, Valtteri Bottas and Fernando Alonso spun at Sainte Devote, and the escape road at the chicane enjoyed plenty of traffic.

With the first half-hour over and the ‘free’ set of soft tyres handed back, Mercedes upped the ante once more.

Hamilton and Rosberg traded fastest times on their next set of softs, both dipping below the 1m20s mark – a Rubicon the majority of their rivals struggled to cross until the final minutes.

Hamilton’s 1m18.570s would stand as the quickest until the end of the session.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen split the Mercedes on their next timed runs, with Vettel just over three-tenths off Hamilton’s benchmark, but he clearly had the Ferrari on the very edge of soft’s grip levels at that stage of the track’s evolution. He would not improve upon his best lap of 1m19.134s.

Alonso also broke through the 1m20s barrier in the last half hour, giving McLaren some succour in a session of mixed success. Jenson Button sat out the first hour while his MP4-30 received attention in the garage.

In a final flurry of track activity just before the chequered flag, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat broke through and split the Mercedes further, with Verstappen falling just 0.149s short of Hamilton’s best.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.750s 49
2 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.899s 0.149s 42
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m19.086s 0.336s 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.134s 0.384s 31
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m19.245s 0.495s 40
6 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m19.454s 0.704s 35
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m19.520s 0.770s 33
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.679s 0.929s 31
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.762s 1.012s 47
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.766s 1.016s 32
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m19.791s 1.041s 28
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m20.202s 1.452s 15
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m20.274s 1.524s 34
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.619s 1.869s 35
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m20.784s 2.034s 34
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m20.857s 2.107s 24
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m20.917s 2.167s 36
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.219s 2.469s 25
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m23.234s 4.484s 28
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m23.404s 4.654s 31

Da Autosport.com

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