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2013 Monaco GP: Practice 1

2013-05-23 13:09

THIRD POLE IN SIGHT: Nico Rosberg will chase his third successive pole position during qualifying ahead of the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix. Image: AFP

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a quick start to its Monaco GP challenge by setting the fastest lap during first practice.

Rosberg lapped the famous waterfront circuit in 1min16.195. The Mercedes driver is chasing his third successive pole position of 2013.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second-fastest, 0.087sec slower.


Alonso, winner of the 2013 Spanish GP, is hoping to become Ferrari's first Monaco winner since 2001 and the first F1 driver to win the race for three different teams.

Romain Grosjean was third-fastest for Lotus as he limbered up for his closest thing to a home race in the continuing absence of a French GP.

Rosberg's team mate Lewis Hamilton was fifth-quickest, followed by Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Hamilton was 0.274 slower than Rosberg around the historic circuit that threads its way up to Casino Square and past the yacht basin.

Pastor Maldonado provided the incident-free session's main surprise, planting his Williams in sixth place after 90 minutes on one of the most unforgiving circuits in F1.


Williams have not scored a point yet in 2013, comprising of a total of six races in a row including the 2012 finale. The team is in danger of chalking up its worst start to a F1 championship.

Maldonado has form in Monaco, however, winning junior series races there on his way to F1 and loving the challenge of keeping out of the barriers.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who has a four-point lead in the standings over Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, was only 10th-quickest;h team mate Mark Webber, 2012 Monaco GP winner, was seventh.

The McLarens of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were eighth and ninth respectively ahead of what could be another difficult weekend for a team struggling to catch up in 2013.

2013 Monaco Grand Prix first practice
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min16.195
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min16.282
3 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min16.380
4 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min16.394
5 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min16.469
6 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1min16.993
7 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1min17.020
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min17.129
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1min17.378
10 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1min17.380
11 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1min17.509
12 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min17.548
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1min17.625
14 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 1min18.193
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min18.454
16 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 1min18.754
17 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min18.830
18 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min19.067
19 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 1min19.203
20 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 1min19.438
21 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 1min19.773
22 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 1min20.225

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