Vettel on the streets

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the first practice session in Monaco, beating Fernando Alonso at the last minute by a tenth of a second. Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes, ahead of Felipe Massa and the two McLarens, with Lewis Hamilton ahead of Jenson Button. Pastor Maldonado was seventh in the Williams, ahead of Adrian Sutil’s Force India, Vitaly Petrov’s Renault and Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes, although the veteran ended his session by crashing sideways into the barriers at Ste Devote.

Nick Heidfeld was 11th in his Renault, ahead of Sebastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso, Rubens Barrichello in the second Williams. Then came Daniel Ricciardo in the second Toro Rosso and the two Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez. Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli were 17th and 18th for Lotus, ahead of Paul di Resta, the two Virgins of Jerome d’Ambrosio and Timo Glock, the two HRTs of Tonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan and Mark Webber who did just a couple of laps because of technical troubles with his Red Bull.

8 thoughts on “Vettel on the streets

  1. I’m hoping that the soft and very soft tyres suit the Ferrari’s this weekend, it’s about time we saw Alonso fighting for a win again.

  2. Joe,

    Know you are sick to death of the subject and that you believe everything is set in stone, but any chance of an update on the “will they/won’t they” engine reg changes for 2013?


    1. Richard K,

      As far as I can tell the rules are set and that is that. If there are companies that do not like them, then they will have to go off and race Le Mans cars instead… which they will not do because of the promotional value of F1.

  3. I was most impressed at Schumacher’s rookie mistake! Something he would probably have sneered at if a rookie had actually made the same basic error. The old Schumi would have spun the back round and been out on the track again instead of a late correction into the barrier. In fact the more I think about it the old one would never have gone off in the first place, his magic car control has gone!

    Yesterday I watched the Senna Pole lap video posted on Sidepodcast. and was interested to see how the times would compare with his of 1:21.315 back in 1990.

    Note: Always worth a look at Sidepodcast for many reasons, especially including the “Aside with Joe” audio sessions.

    Well Senna’s era time was well destroyed by everyone down to and including Trulli in 18th place.

    I was intrigued to know if the stopcock the water board officials turned off to stop the water oozing up through the tarmac, also had the effect of cutting off the water supply to the pits. (Also surprised that the stopcock was down an open hole in the road)

  4. thanks for the update Joe, I’ve enjoyed your posts en route to Monaco.

    MS crashing into the barriers? What, did he think that it was the dying minutes of final qualifying or something?

  5. Richard K
    No doubt Joe will be digging this weekend, but I saw elsewhere that Bernie, Martin Whitmarsh and Luca di Montezemolo had arranged a meeting with Jean Todt to continue a previous discussion centered around allowing the V8 to continue alongside the new compound turbo spec engines.

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