Alonso leads the way

Fernando Alonso led the way in the second practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix, beating Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Jenson Button was fourth ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher. Mark Webber was eighth with Adrian Sutil ninth and Nick Heidfeld 10th.

Vitaly Petrov was next but damaged his car at the chicane, breaking the nose of his Renault. Sergio Perez was next, ahead of Rubens Barrichello, Sebastien Buemi and Pastor Maldonado.

Kamui Kobayashi was 16th ahead of Jaime Alguersuari, Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Paul di Resta and Jerome d’Ambrosio.

Timo Glock was next ahead of Narain Karthikeyan, while Tonio Liuzzi was last, his car being repaired after an incident in the morning.

11 thoughts on “Alonso leads the way

  1. ferrari looked to be using more tyre than RB /McL to achieve the same time

    may even see a one stopper from button !

  2. Although I am not an Alonso fan, I have to say he was on top form today, his in car video showing an impressive amount of commitment. The Ferrari really seems to be working at Monte Carlo and the car sticking to the track, and hardly any corrections needed, making it look very relaxed.

    Mr Webber may be better of just with a block of lead in place of his KERS which failed yet again. At least the block of lead would give a consistent brake bias.

  3. Joe:

    I know it’s completely out of subject, but while reading an article in a magazine it dawned on me that I have no idea what the origin of national racing colors was (as in british racing green, red for Italy etc). I can imagine that part of the reason must have been for ease of identification in an era without large screens at the tracks (or roads) and it might have made it slightly easier to separate them in black and white film, but that is just speculation on my behalf and I suppose there is a lot more to it than that, like who chose them and so on.

    Since you are not only a motorsport writer but a history buff as well, I would imagine you would know the subject inside and out. Could you enlighten me a little bit or point me in the right direction as to where I can do a little reading on the subject.


    1. mr_ten,

      National colours were designed long before TV existed to help spectators at races identify the cars. The predecessor of the FIA designated the colours. In some cases they were created by the drivers, for example, I believe that Thailand’s racing colours were created by Prince Bira. I am sure that if you look around on the Internet you will find some answers.

  4. BRG (from Wiki):
    In the days of the Gordon Bennett Cup, Count Eliot Zborowski, father of inter-war racing legend Louis Zborowski, suggested that each national entrant be allotted a different colour. Every component of a car had to be produced in the competing country, as well as the driver being of that nationality. The races were hosted in the country of the previous year’s winner. Britain had to choose a different colour to its usual national colours, red, white and blue, because those colours had already been taken by Italy, Germany and France respectively.

    When Selwyn Edge won the 1902 race for Britain in a Napier it was decided that the 1903 race would be held in Ireland, at that time a part of the United Kingdom, as motor racing at the time was illegal in Great Britain, and the opening of Brooklands still four years in the future. As a mark of respect for their Irish hosts[1] the British Napier cars were painted shamrock green. As Napier had already used olive green during the 1902 event, and had adopted the colour as its corporate livery,[2] they supported this choice wholeheartedly. Initially the colour distinction only applied to the grands épreuves, but was later codified in the Code Sportif International (CSI) of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

  5. Alonso looked strong but Massa was more spectacular (if not as quick).
    It seems Pirrelli have brought some very durable tyres this week, making 2 stops likely and even 1 stop possible. I have to say I was looking forward to another slightly chaotic race, I suppose I will have to make do with the spectacle of F1 cars driving round a town centre instead.

  6. I think this is likely to be the first race this year where we don’t have a Red Bull on Pole. Hamilton and Alonso both looking very impressive. Rosberg and Button showing good pace too.

    I’m expecting real drama during qualifying. Probably a red flag in Q1 causing some unexpected drivers to drop out in Q1 and reckon that one of the top 8 may well bin it in Q3 trying to get on the front row (Vettels already touched the wall, Schumi crashed and Massa has been looking like a drift racer in practice sessions so far).

    Cannot wait for Quali.

  7. Joe,

    Thanks for the info, and sorry for distracting you from what surely is a busy weekend for you.

  8. Joe, also not on topic but the Judge has ruled in the Lotus case. This is copied from the Eastern Daily Press website…..
    “Group Lotus claims the judgment summary from Mr Justice Peter Smith following a 10-day trial in March means:
    • Group Lotus can use the name “Lotus” on its own within Formula One,
    • Group Lotus is entitled to race in its current black and gold livery, which has links to Lotus’ F1 history,
    • That Tony Fernandes’ Hingham team was in breach of breaking its licence to race as Lotus Racing last season, with Group Lotus awarded damages,
    • Team Lotus Ventures Limited, bought by Fernandes last year to allow his constructor to race as Team Lotus, has had its trademarks revoked for non-use.
    However, Group Lotus is seeking leave to appeal the fact Team Lotus will be allowed to continue racing under their current name in Formula One.
    “Group Lotus is concerned that this aspect of the judgment will cause confusion in the eyes of spectators and the wider public,” said the statement from Hethel. “Accordingly, Group Lotus is seeking leave to appeal so that the right to use the Lotus brand in Formula One is clarified once and for all in the interests of the sport and the fans.
    “Group Lotus and its shareholder Proton Holding Bhd are confident of success on appeal.”
    Hingham’s Team Lotus have been locked in a dispute for nearly a year with Group Lotus, who currently sponsor the Renault F1 team to the tune of £100m.
    The situation of two Lotus teams on the grid this season has already caused plenty of confusion, and it had been expected Mr Justice Peter Smith’s verdict would rule out one side from retaining the name.
    It remains to be seen whether Fernandes will use his recent purchase of the small British sports car manufacturer Caterham to rebrand his current racing operation”

    I hope you start a topic on this and will be interested in your view on it


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