Hamilton tops opening practice in Monaco

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Lewis Hamilton started his Monaco Grand Prix weekend in fine fashion, with fastest in the opening practice session around the streets of Monte Carlo.

Hamilton, looking for a fifth consecutive race win this weekend, traded the top spot with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg throughout the session, ultimately going fastest of all by a mere three hundredths of a second, with a best lap of 1:18.271.

Daniel Ricciardo, as in Spain was the Mercedes duo’s closest challenger in third, a quarter of a second shy of Hamilton’s session topping time.

Fernando Alonso ended the morning fourth, the Spaniard the last man to slip into the 1m18s, surviving a late error at Mirabeau to keep the Ferrari out of the barriers.

Sebastian Vettel took some time to get up to speed around the Monte Carlo streets, but ended the session in fifth, three quarters of a second adrift of the two Mercedes cars.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari after a late flurry, one spot ahead of his Finnish compatriot Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.

Kevin Magnussen ended the morning ninth, sandwiched between the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Esteban Gutierrez showed signs of improvement in the Sauber with 12th fastest, but the Mexican’s session ams to a premature end after a heavy lock-up into the entry of Set Devote.

The two Lotus team-mates were 13th and 14th, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado separated by just four hundredths of a second, but the best part of two seconds down on the two Mercedes.

Felipe Massa had a low-key session, ending up 16th, over a second down on his Williams team-mate.

Adrian Sutil was the only man to crash out in the opening practice, the German losing the rear on the entry to Mirabeau and hitting the outside TecPro barrier late in the session.

Max Chilton lost the majority of the session after an early spin at Mirabeau, which brought out the double waved yellows.

Monaco Grand Prix – Free Practice One – Classification 

1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:18.271 – 32 laps

2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:18.303  +0.032 – 31 laps

3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault – 1:18.506  +0.235 – 37 laps

4. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:18.930  +0.659 – 31 laps

5. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:19.043  +0.772 – 33 laps

6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:19.467s  +1.196 – 31 laps

7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes – 1:19.494  +1.223 – 31 laps

8. Sergio Perez – Force India-Mercedes – 1:19.666  +1.395 – 29 laps

9. Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:19.789  +1.518 – 29 laps

10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:19.856  +1.585 – 38 laps

11. Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:20.033  +1.762 – 35 laps

12. Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:20.118  +1.847 – 33 laps

13. Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:20.207  +1.936 – 33 laps

14. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:20.241  +1.970 – 38 laps

15. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:20.260  +1.989 – 36 laps

16. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:20.517  +2.246 – 25 laps

17. Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:20.736  +2.465 – 18 laps

18. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:20.914  +2.643 – 37 laps

19. Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:21.310  +3.039 – 27 laps

20. Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault – 1:22.063  +3.792 – 40 laps

21. Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:22.492  +4.221 – 38 laps

22. Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:25.817  +7.546 – 7 laps

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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