2011 MONACO GP: FREE PRACTICE RESULTS

FIRST FREE PRACTICE
Vettel fastest as usual
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of Alonso on second for just 0.113 seconds. Both set their fastest laps in the closing seconds of first free practice. Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, followed by Alonso's team-mate Felipe Massa and the two McLarens.

Mark Webber had a troublesome practice and was forced to sit out the session with a gearbox problem. Seven time World Champion had first bariere crash in Monte Carlo practice. He locked up on the approach to Sainte Devote, appeared to make a late decision to try and take to the escape road, but ended up spinning sideways into the barriers. Another driver that found the barriers during the session was Antonio Liuzzi, who crashed his Hispania on the approach to the Nouvelle chicane, damaging his front wing.

Both of those incidents were swiftly cleared away with no need for a stoppage, but there was a five-minute red flag mid-session while the officials investigated a puddle of water that had appeared near finish line on the main straight.The cause appeared to be a leaking or burst water pipe below the track surface that was seeping through the tarmac, but after a five-minute delay officials deemed it safe to resume.

Pos  Driver                Team                      Time             Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m16.619s          25
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m16.732s  + 0.113 24
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m17.139s  + 0.520 20
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                   1m17.316s  + 0.697 24
 5.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes          1m17.350s  + 0.731 23
 6.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m17.534s  + 0.915 24
 7.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth         1m18.527s  + 1.908 30
 8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes      1m18.578s  + 1.959 24
 9.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                   1m18.733s  + 2.114 16
10.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                  1m18.805s  + 2.186 14
11.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                   1m18.928s  + 2.309 19
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m19.234s  + 2.615 24
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth         1m19.395s  + 2.776 24
14.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m19.463s  + 2.844 25
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari            1m19.768s  + 3.149 25
16.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari            1m19.792s  + 3.173 26
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault             1m20.083s  + 3.464 23
18.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault             1m21.116s  + 4.497 27
19.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes      1m21.548s  + 4.929 32
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth           1m21.758s  + 5.139 31
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth           1m21.815s  + 5.196 17
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth              1m22.840s  + 6.221 13
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth              1m23.885s  + 7.266 37
24.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault          No time             3
SECOND FREE PRACTICE


 Alonso fastest in second free practice

Fernando Alonso set the quickest time of second practice as a competitive session suggested qualifying will be close for the Monaco Grand Prix. The Spaniard led the way for the majority of the afternoon, staying ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and the second McLaren of Jenson Button, while championship leader Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull was back in fifth.

Massa also showed good pace to take sixth. Michael Schumacher was able to complete 33 laps as his car was repaired following his crash in FP1, setting the seventh fastest time. Mark Webber made up for lost time this morning by completing 42 laps, although he didn't set a lap on low fuel and was only eighth quickest.

Prospects for a close race looked more hopeful too, as both the Ferraris, McLarens and Rosberg ran at a pace competitive with Red Bull during the longer heavy fuel runs, although the unknown fuel loads and engine settings mean practice times are still notoriously difficult to read. I got impression that Red Bull has not shown us true pace, and will be difficult to beat. But this is the only circuit where they can be beaten. Looking forward for Saturday Qualifying and Sunday race. This might be the most interesting weekend so far this season, and winner can`t be predicted to easy.

Pos  Driver                Team                    Time              Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m15.123s           42
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m15.228s  + 0.105  33
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m15.321s  + 0.198  44
 4.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m15.448s  + 0.325  38
 5.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m15.667s  + 0.544  46
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m15.781s  + 0.658  45
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m16.356s  + 1.233  33
 8.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m16.642s  + 1.519  42
 9.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m17.101s  + 1.978  46
10.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1m17.126s  + 2.003  38
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1m17.337s  + 2.214  35
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m17.541s  + 2.418  47
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1m17.570s  + 2.447  39
14.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m17.581s  + 2.458  32
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1m17.633s  + 2.510  49
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m17.706s  + 2.583  37
17.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m17.789s  + 2.666  43
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1m18.266s  + 3.143  50
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1m18.490s  + 3.367  39
20.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m19.053s  + 3.930  15
21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1m19.185s  + 4.062  40
22.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1m19.338s  + 4.215  35
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1m22.066s  + 6.943  33