2013 MONACO GP: THURSDAY RESULTS PROVED MERCEDES AMG PACE

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton proved that Mercedes AMG rivals are right to fear its Monaco pace as they went first and second in Thursday afternoon practice in Monte Carlo. Nico Rosberg continued his fine form by setting the fastest time during second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix. The German had set the quickest time in first practice and he followed that up with a 1:14.759. Lewis Hamilton made it a Mercedes 1-2, setting a time three tenths slower than Rosberg.

Ferrari also demonstrated strong pace. Both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were committed as they finished in third and fourth place. Alonso was caught out by the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg on his quick run and narrowly missed the barrier at Rascasse. The Spaniard also brushed the wall at the final corner.

Mark Webber was fifth, while Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean, who crashed out of the session. The Frenchman was starting his qualifying simulation when he locked up into Sainte Devote and crashed into the barriers. The front left corner of his Lotus E21 was damaged, forcing him out of the session with 50 minutes remaining.

Jenson Button set the eighth fastest time, while reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel spent the opening part of the session in the garage before eventually setting the ninth quickest lap time. Paul di Resta rounded out the top 10. Friday is day off, and action conitnues with Saturday practice, followed by Qualifying.
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
 P.    DRIVER               TEAM          TIME       GAP   LAPS
 1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG   1:14.759           45
 2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:15.077  + 0.318  50
 3. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari        1:15.196  + 0.437  37
 4. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:15.278  + 0.519  38
 5. Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:15.404  + 0.645  41
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:15.511  + 0.752  38
 7. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:15.718  + 0.959  10
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren        1:15.959  + 1.200  39
 9. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull       1:16.014  + 1.255  32
10. Paul di Resta         Force India    1:16.046  + 1.287  42
11. Adrian Sutil          Force India    1:16.349  + 1.590  43
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren        1:16.434  + 1.675  40
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:16.823  + 2.064  42
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:16.857  + 2.098  40
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber         1:16.935  + 2.176  44
16. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:17.145  + 2.386  37
17. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:17.184  + 2.425  42
18. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:17.264  + 2.505  46
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia       1:17.892  + 3.133  40
20. Charles Pic           Caterham       1:18.212  + 3.453  43
21. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:18.784  + 4.025  40
22. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:19.031  + 4.272  30
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
 P.    DRIVER               TEAM          TIME       GAP   LAPS
 1. Nico Roberg           Mercedes AMG   1:16.195           30
 2. Fernando Alono        Ferrari        1:16.282  + 0.087  26
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus          1:16.380  + 0.185  20
 4. Felipe Massa          Ferrari        1:16.394  + 0.199  22
 5. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG   1:16.469  + 0.274  27
 6. Pastor Maldonado      Williams       1:16.993  + 0.798  26
 7. Mark Webber           Red Bull       1:17.020  + 0.825  26
 8. Jenson Button         McLaren        1:17.129  + 0.934  28
 9. Sergio Perez          McLaren        1:17.378  + 1.183  24
10. Sebatian Vettel       Red Bull       1:17.380  + 1.185  22
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus          1:17.509  + 1.314  25
12. Paul di Resta         Force India    1:17.548  + 1.353  26
13. Adrian Sutil          Force India    1:17.625  + 1.430  20
14. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber         1:18.193  + 1.998  25
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso     1:18.454  + 2.259  24
16. Eteban Gutierrez      Sauber         1:18.754  + 2.559  27
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams       1:18.830  + 2.635  27
18. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso     1:19.067  + 2.872  24
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham       1:19.203  + 3.008  20
20. Charles Pic           Caterham       1:19.438  + 3.243  27
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia       1:19.773  + 3.578  19
22. Max Chilton           Marussia       1:20.225  + 4.030  20