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2014-05-22 16:08

QUICKEST IN THE WET: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso topped the time sheets during the second practice ahead of the 2014 Monaco GP. Image: AP/Luca Bruno

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was quickest during a second practice session delayed by rain ahead of the 2014 Monaco GP.

Alonso clocked a lap time of 1min 18.482sec ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (1min18.901), who was quickest in the first session, and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (1min19.017).


Spectators waited for nearly 40 minutes as drivers stayed in their garages as the damp track dried after some rain showers.

When a few drivers led the way only a handful followed and with 20 of the 90 minutes remaining.

Hamilton delayed his participation until 15 minutes from the end when he went out on intermediate tyres. At that stage, the track was still damp and potentially treacherous.

Lotus' Pastor Maldonado commented: "It's been a bit boring, but we're just waiting for the track to dry. We want the best conditions.

"It's quite risky and, in my opinion, it's not important to be out on track on the intermediate or full wet tyres."

His views appeared to represent the majority of teams that saw little point in taking risks in tricky conditions when dry weather has been forecast for Saturday's (May 24) critical qualifying session.

With ten minutes remaining, only nine of the 22 drivers had set a time, but in a final flurry of action - as the track dried in warm sunshine - all of the remaining drivers went out on the 'supersoft' tyres to gain experience and data ahead of May 24.

The third practice session and qualifying will be held on Saturday (May 24).

Hamilton, who has won 26 races, has never started from pole in Monaco.

2014 Monaco GP:
Second practice

1 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1min 18.482sec
2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1min18.901
3 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1min19.017
4 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 1min19.351
5 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams 1min19.421
6 Sergio Perez (MEX) Force India 1min19.668
7 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India 1min19.712
8 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren 1min19.721
9 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1min19.779
10 Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren 1min20.230
11 Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams 1min20.394
12 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso 1min20.622
13 Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber 1min20.811
14 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus 1min20.977
15 Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber 1min21.467
16 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1min21.700
17 Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham 1min21.924
18 Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia 1min21.937
19 Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia 1min22.683
20 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1min22.862
21 Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Caterham 1min23.164
22 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari 1min45.509

First practice

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