2014 MONACO GP: LEWIS HAMILTON SET FASTEST TIME ON THURSDAY PRACTICE SESSIONS

Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton edged team-mate Nico Rosberg to set the pace in the first free practice session for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. The Mercedes duo traded places at the top of the timesheet before Hamilton asserted himself with the fastest time of the session roughly halfway through. Rosberg was fastest of all in the first sector of the lap, but his later efforts to topple his team-mate fell short by less than half a tenth of a second. Daniel Ricciardo interloped in this personal battle by briefly going fastest in the early part of the session, and he was one of only two other drivers to ultimately lap below 1m19s.

Then rainstorm before FP2 left the circuit wet and slippery, with most teams unwilling to take the risk of running in the early part of the session. With the weather for the rest of the weekend expected to be dry, there was little opportunity for in-depth learning. The intermediate tyres, which proved to be versatile enough to continue performing effectively even when the track was rapidly drying, were used for the majority of laps.

In the last 10 minutes of the session the teams moved onto slick tyres, with most drivers going straight onto the supersoft. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso set quickest time in FP2 on the supersoft, while Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had been slightly quicker in the dry conditions of FP1 on the soft tyre.
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:18.271 32
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1:18.303 + 0.032 31
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:18.506 + 0.235 37
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:18.930 + 0.659 31
5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:19.043 + 0.772 33
6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:19.467 + 1.196 31
7. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:19.494 + 1.223 31
8. Sergio Perez Force India 1:19.666 + 1.395 29
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:19.789 + 1.518 29
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:19.856 + 1.585 38
11. Jenson Button McLaren 1:20.033 + 1.762 35
12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:20.118 + 1.847 33
13. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:20.207 + 1.936 33
14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:20.241 + 1.970 38
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:20.260 + 1.989 36
16. Felipe Massa Williams 1:20.517 + 2.264 25
17. Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:20.736 + 2.465 18
18.Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:20.914 + 2.643 37
19. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:21.310 + 3.039 27
20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:22.063 + 3.792 40
21. Kamui Kobatashi Caterham 1:22.492 + 4.221 38
22. Max Chilton Marussia 1:25.817 + 7.546 7

SECOND FREE PRACTICE
DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:18.482 15
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:18.901 + 0.419 12
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:19.017 + 0.535 15
4. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:19.351 + 0.869 14
5. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:19.421 + 0.939 9
6. Sergio Perez Force India 1:19.668 + 1.186 9
7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:19.712 + 1.230 10
8. Jenson Button McLaren 1:19.721 + 1.239 16
9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:19.779 + 1.297 11
10. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:20.230 + 1.748 16
11. Felipe Massa Williams 1:20.394 + 1.912 8
12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:20.622 + 2.140 13
13. Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:20.811 + 2.329 8
14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:20.977 + 2.495 7
15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:21.467 + 2.985 8
16. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:21.700 + 3.218 6
17. Kamui Kobatashi Caterham 1:21.924 + 3.442 6
18. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:21.937 + 3.455 13
19. Max Chilton Marussia 1:22.683 + 4.201 13
20. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1:22.862 + 4.380 11
21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:23.164 + 4.682 6
22. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:45.509 + 27.027 4