MONACO – Nico Rosberg was the fastest in both Formula One World Championship practice sessions at Circuit de Monaco Thursday.
The German driver who also topped the time sheet in the morning session with a lap of 1:16.195. He backed that up by leading the second session with an even better lap of 1:14.759.
His teammate Lewis Hamilton’s 1:15.077 just pipped Fernando Alonso’s 1:15.196s for Ferrari, with Felipe Massa making it a good day for the Scuderia by claiming fourth with 1:15.278s.
Red Bull’s best was Mark Webber’s 1:15.404 as Sebastian Vettel – whose car was worked on during the session – continued to languish at the bottom half of the top 10 with a ninth-best 1:16.014. It remains to be seen whether the Milton Keynes team have been sandbagging.
In between the two RB9s were two Lotuses and Jenson Button’s McLaren. Kimi Raikkonen was sixth with 1:15.511, while Romain Grosjean did 1:15.718 before getting caught out at Ste Devote and clattering his E21 into the wall. The car sustained damaged to its left-hand side, in particular to the front suspension.