Button fastest at moist Monaco

By on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jenson Button set the fastest time in second practice ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

The 2009 world champion set his time of 1.15.746 on option tyres early on in the session.

A brief shower after fifteen minutes left the circuit damp, although a couple of drivers ventured out on dry tyres. The rain intensified and the drivers were forced to switch to the Intermediate tyres.

On an unusually error free practice day around the streets of Monte Carlo, most of the action came at the Mirabeau Haute corner. Bruno Senna, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa and Heikki Kovalainen all slid wide under braking. While the first four recovered, Kovalainen could not select reverse gear and had to abandon his Caterham with six minutes left of the session.

P    Name           Best        Gap Sec 1 Sec 2 Sec 3 Laps
1  3 J. BUTTON      1:15.746         30.0               17
2 10 R. GROSJEAN    1:16.138  0.392  26.6               19
3  6 F. MASSA       1:16.602  0.856  28.1               21
4  5 F. ALONSO      1:16.661  0.915  27.9  46.5         23
5 18 P. MALDONADO   1:16.820  1.074  30.0               20
6  8 N. ROSBERG     1:17.021  1.275                     15
7  2 M. WEBBER      1:17.148  1.402  28.6  47.1         23
8 14 K. KOBAYASHI   1:17.153  1.407  28.7  51.4         22
9  7 M. SCHUMACHER  1:17.293  1.547  20.0  35.8  21.0   11
10  1 S. VETTEL      1:17.303  1.557                     21
11  4 L. HAMILTON    1:17.375  1.629  27.8  51.1         19
12 11 P. DI RESTA    1:17.395  1.649  29.0  47.2         21
13 19 B. SENNA       1:17.655  1.909  20.1  36.0  21.3   18
14 12 N. HULKENBERG  1:17.800  2.054  27.4               25
15 15 S. PEREZ       1:18.251  2.505                     24
16 21 V. PETROV      1:18.440  2.694  32.9  53.5  80.3   25
17 17 J. VERGNE      1:18.522  2.776  27.1  47.0         22
18 16 D. RICCIARDO   1:18.808  3.062  26.4  48.3         26
19  9 K. RAIKKONEN   1:19.267  3.521  31.0               25
20 24 T. GLOCK       1:19.309  3.563  26.2               29
21 20 H. KOVALAINEN  1:20.029  4.283  23.1  STOP         13
22 25 C. PIC         1:20.240  4.494  28.6  52.3  64.1   21
23 22 P. DE LA ROSA  1:20.631  4.885  21.1  37.1  22.2   12
24 23 N. KARTHIKEYAN 1:20.886  5.140  21.2  37.1  22.2   10       


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