Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella was the fastest man in the last practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix with a best time of 1:13.988. His teammate Fernando Alonso was second, just six hundredths behind, and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen was third....
Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella was the fastest man in the last practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix with a best time of 1:13.988. His teammate Fernando Alonso was second, just six hundredths behind, and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen was third. Juan Pablo Montoya was the fastest in the first session, the McLaren's best time a 1:16.094.
The Minardi duo of Patrick Friesacher and Christijan Albers led out in clear, sunny conditions, followed by the Jordans and McLarens. Red Bull's Tonio Liuzzi was first to set a time, 1:24.705, which he lowered on his next couple of laps to 1:21.486. Albers followed into second, over five seconds down, and Friesacher in third.
Karthikeyan joined in fourth but it was a very slow start to the session. After 20 minutes Raikkonen put his McLaren to the top, 1:19.620, with Ralf and Michael Schumacher slotting into second and third, followed by Montoya in fourth. Raikkonen dropped his time to 1:18.958 and the Williams of Nick Heidfeld joined in seventh.
Montoya was next to the top, 1:18.415, and Heidfeld improved to fifth. Teammate Mark Webber clocked seventh, followed by the Toyota of Jarno Trulli and the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello. David Coulthard put his Red Bull eighth on his first effort and Heidfeld climbed again to fourth. Raikkonen returned to the top with a 1:17.755, six tenths up on Montoya.
Coulthard improved to fifth and Montoya took the top spot from Raikkonen, 1:17.527. Heidfeld continued his steady progress, up to third, followed by Webber into fourth. Jacques Villeneuve's Sauber joined in 11th and Webber and Heidfeld traded the third spot. Micheal put his Ferrari eighth and Fisichella appeared in 10th. Teammate Alonso clocked 12th on his first effort.
Coulthard was next to the top, 1:17.180, and Alonso improved to ninth. The Spaniard then set fastest sectors across the board to take the top spot, 1:16.951, two tenths up on Coulthard. Liuzzi, who had been shuffled down the order, went up to eighth and Ralf improved to third. Michael managed eighth on his next effort and Friesacher did well to get his Minardi ahead of the Jordans for 14th.
Trulli clocked 12th and Fisichella, who had been fifth, went to the top of the times with a 1:16.706, a couple of tenths up on teammate Alonso. Friesacher climbed another place to 13th and Raikkonen improved to fourth after being moved down. Albers also went ahead of the Jordans and Montoya took the fourth spot off Raikkonen. Fisichella improved to 1:16.517 and Heidfeld took second but was immediately demoted by Raikkonen, the Finn three tenths off Fisichella.
Ralf made a move right at the end of the session, taking over the top of the times with a 1:16.508, and Alonso followed into second but both were demoted by Montoya going quicker still, 1:16.197. Fisichella returned to second and that was the end of the practice. Sauber's Felipe Massa did not set a time and the top three were Montoya, Fisichella, Ralf.
Alonso and Raikkonen were quickly out at the start of the second session, Raikkonen leading the way with a 1:16.015 and Alonso two tenths behind. Trulli slotted into third but was demoted by Massa, while Liuzzi took fifth and Villeneuve sixth. Coulthard appeared in fourth on his first effort and Fisichella took fifth.
Raikkonen improved his time to 1:15.685 and Coulthard and Liuzzi moved up to third and fourth, but were demoted by Heidfeld posting third. Michael took over at the top, 1:15.633, just fractionally faster than Raikkonen, and Barrichello took fourth. Webber appeared seemingly from nowhere at the top, 1:15.354 for nearly three tenths up on Michael. He bought it down to 1:15.235 on his next lap.
Raikkonen took over with a 1:1.258, followed by Montoya into second, three tenths down. Villeneuve moved up to eighth and Massa to seventh after being shuffled down, and Coulthard did likewise to fifth. Alonso was next to the top, 1:14.047, Barrichello improved to seventh and Ralf to fourth.
Liuzzi went up to seventh and Fisichella was next to the top, 1:13.988, but the session was bought to an abrupt end by Coulthard crashing. Montoya and Ralf appeared to suddenly slow and Coulthard pulled out to pass, apparently surprising Villeneuve whose Sauber hit the back of the Red Bull, which in turn hit the Toyota. There was no major damage done and the drivers were fine.
It's still McLaren and Renault that look fast on the street circuit, and Toyota showed well, Trulli putting in a late flyer to take fourth. Williams seemed much improved this morning, while Ferrari was a second or so off the pace of the front runners. Final top eight classification: Fisichella, Alonso, Raikkonen, Trulli, Webber, R. Schumacher, Montoya, Coulthard.