Alonso tops Monaco FP1

Fernando Alonso topped the first practice session on a sunbaked Monte Carlo circuit.

The Ferrari driver driver edged out the Red Bull of Sebastien Vettel, in a session which saw the top ten covered by less than a second.

Alonso did not set his fastest lap until twenty minutes before the end of the session and instead the majority of the session saw his team-mate, Felipe Massa trade places with the two McLaren drivers.

Robert Kubica was also briefly at the top of the times, but he was forced to settle for third in his Renault R30.

The Polish driver was followed by Red Bull’s Mark Webber who might have gone ever faster had it not been for him catching traffic on several occasions.

Although the drivers had worried that the slower cars would increase the number of accidents around the tight and twisty street circuit, the session actually featured little drama. The only major incidents saw Hispania’s Karun Chandhok spin his car and brush the barriers at Massenet, while Sauber Kamui Kobayashi ran over the kerbs at the Swimming Pool and was thrown into the armco barrier.

Pos  Driver         Team         Time              Laps
1.   Alonso         Ferrari      1:15.927            31
2.   Vettel         Red Bull     1:16.000  + 0.073   26
3.   Kubica         Renault      1:16.016  + 0.089   28
4.   Webber         Red Bull     1:16.382  + 0.455   24
5.   Massa          Ferrari      1:16.517  + 0.590   29
6.   Schumacher     Mercedes     1:16.589  + 0.662   21
7.   Hamilton       McLaren      1:16.647  + 0.720   32
8.   Button         McLaren      1:16.692  + 0.765   29
9.   Sutil          Force India  1:16.805  + 0.878   23
10.  Buemi          Toro Rosso   1:16.857  + 0.930   30
11.  Rosberg        Mercedes     1:17.149  + 1.222   14
12.  Barrichello    Williams     1:17.331  + 1.404   28
13.  Liuzzi         Force India  1:17.704  + 1.777   26
14.  Petrov         Renault      1:17.718  + 1.791   38
15.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso   1:17.991  + 2.064   36
16.  Hulkenberg     Williams     1:18.397  + 2.470   39
17.  de la Rosa     Sauber       1:18.434  + 2.507   37
18.  Kobayashi      Sauber       1:18.547  + 2.620   32
19.  Glock          Virgin       1:19.527  + 3.600   23
20.  Kovalainen     Lotus        1:19.606  + 3.679   31
21.  Trulli         Lotus        1:19.902  + 3.975   30
22.  di Grassi      Virgin       1:20.566  + 4.639   18
23.  Senna          HRT          1:21.688  + 5.761   27
24.  Chandhok       HRT          1:21.853  + 5.926    6