Rosberg stays on top in second practice

By on Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Nico Rosberg continued his fine form by setting the fastest time during second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The German had set the quickest time in first practice and he followed that up with a 1:14.759.

Lewis Hamilton made it a Mercedes 1-2, setting a time three tenths slower than Rosberg.

Ferrari also demonstrated strong pace. Both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were committed as they finished in third and fourth place.

Alonso was caught out by the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg on his quick run and narrowly missed the barrier at Rascasse. The Spaniard also brushed the wall at the final corner.

Mark Webber was fifth, while Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean, who crashed out of the session.

The Frenchman was starting his qualifying simulation when he locked up into Sainte Devote and crashed into the barriers. The front left corner of his Lotus E21 was damaged, forcing him out of the session with 50 minutes remaining.

While the marshals were able to recover Grosjean's stricken car swiftly, the session was briefly red flagged due to loose kerbing at the Swimming Pool chicane.

Jenson Button set the eighth fastest time, while reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel spent the opening part of the session in the garage before eventually setting the ninth quickest lap time.

Paul di Resta rounded out the top 10, ahead of Adrian Sutil, the second McLaren of Sergio Perez, Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado.

Esteban Gutierrez finished with the fifteenth fastest time, edging out the Toro Rosso duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Valtteri Bottas was eighteenth on his first day of running in Monaco; the Finn is the only driver in the field never to have raced around the Principality.

At the back, Jules Bianchi beat compatriot Charles Pic by three tenths of a second, while Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde round out the field.

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