Vettel tops early practice at Monaco

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Sebastian Vettel was again fastest right out of the box and posted the fastest time of the first free practice for the Monaco GP. Fernando Alonso found his Ferrari working better today and is second fastest, ahead of Nico Rosberg and the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

Amidst fastest times coming from Rosberg, then Alonso and then Vettel, others struggled on track.

Vitantonio Liuzzi was the first to crash, losing control of his car out of the tunnel. He crashed into the barriers on the inside of the chicane, causing damage to the front of his Force India VJM04.

Rookie Jérôme D'Ambrosio also had some difficulties. After missing a corner, he had to be pulled back by the marshalls in order to rejoin track action. He nonetheless ended up being quicker than his teammate Timo Glock.

In the closing stages, right when Nico Rosberg improved his pace, Michael Schumacher missed Ste. Devote, locked both front wheels and ended up in the tyre barriers.

Results

Pos.CarDriverCarBest lapGapLaps
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’16.619-25
25Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’16.7320.11324
38Nico RosbergMercedes GP1’17.1390.52020
46Felipe MassaFerrari1’17.3160.69724
53Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1’17.3500.73123
64Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’17.5340.91524
712Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Cosworth1’18.5271.90830
815Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’18.5781.95924
910Vitaly PetrovRenault1’18.7332.11416
107Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1’18.8052.18614
119Nick HeidfeldRenault1’18.9282.30919
1218Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari1’19.2342.61524
1311Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1’19.3952.77624
1419Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’19.4632.84425
1516Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1’19.7683.14925
1617Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1’19.7923.17326
1720Heikki KovalainenLotus-Renault1’20.0833.46423
1821Jarno TrulliLotus-Renault1’21.1164.49727
1914Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’21.5484.92932
2025Jerome d’AmbrosioVirgin-Cosworth1’21.7585.13931
2124Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1’21.8155.19617
2223Vitantonio LiuzziHRT-Cosworth1’22.8406.2213
2322Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1’23.8857.26629
242Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault--3