Monaco

Last Race: 24th May Monaco

Monaco GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Sebastian Vettel
3 Lewis Hamilton
Canada

Next Race: 07th June Canada

Vergne leads as Alonso lurks

2012-03-02 12:30:00

 RSS

Share:

Vergne leads as Alonso lurks

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne led the way in the morning session in Barcelona on Friday with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso not far behind...

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne led the way in the morning session in Barcelona on Friday with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso not far behind.


After a 30 minute delayed start due to foggy conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya and an early red flag because of the stationary Williams from Pastor Maldonado, Alonso was the first driver to post a competitive 1:25.324 on soft tyres.

Another red flag followed shortly, this time Michael Schumacher's Mercedes stopped at Turn 7, but Alonso was clearly not bothered by the stop-start morning session as he soon posted a 1:23.447 on the hard rubber.

Schumacher, meanwhile, was soon in the wars again as his W03 ended in the gravel. He was able to return to the track later as the team reported "no damage to the car after his trip over the gravel". The seven-time World Champion posted the eighth fastest time of the morning.

French rookie Vergne went 0.321 faster than Alonso on a set of super soft tyres to snatch the fastest lap. Vergne, though, did have some problems shortly before the end of the morning session after his STR7 stopped at Turn 8 with smoke coming from the rear of the car.

Romain Grosjean, who topped the timesheets on day one for Lotus, was third fastest, but it was very close between himself, Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Frenchman Grosjean's E20 was just 0.081 off the pace of the Ferrari driver while World Champion Vettel was a further 0.008 behind in his Red Bull RB8.

Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen, who was replaced by team-mate Vitaly Petrov at the last minute on day one after falling ill, was fifth fastest.

McLaren focused on pit-stop practice early morning and Lewis Hamilton's 1:24.111 was only good enough for P7.

Unofficial times1. J Vergne Toro Rosso 1:23.126 31 laps
2. F Alonso Ferrari 1:23.447 +0.321 35
3. R Grosjean Lotus 1:23.528 +0.402 34
4. S Vettel Red Bull 1:23.536 +0.410 38
5. H Kovalainen Caterham 1:23.828 +0.702 34
6. N Hulkenberg Force India 1:23.893 +0.767 33
7. L Hamilton McLaren 1:24.111 +0.985 30
8. M Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.663 +1.537 19
9. P Maldonado Williams 1:25.801 +2.675 20
10. K Kobayashi Sauber 1:26.111 +2.985 35

Related link
Pictures: Day two from Barcelona

Model Cara Delevingne meets football star Cristiano Ronaldo

Editor's Picks

Good Race, Bad Race: Monaco

Good Race, Bad Race: Monaco

How fortune can turn on a dime...

PF1's Monaco Conclusions

PF1's Monaco Conclusions

Mercedes gave a lesson on how to screw up a race while Max Verstappen learnt how not to overtake...

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Nico Rosberg laughed off number two claims; the Forum laughed at him laughing it off...

F1 Could Learn From FIFA

F1 Could Learn From FIFA

The F1 Strategy Group's latest vision for the sport falls well short of the existential threat to F1: sustainability...

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...