Rosberg powers ahead at Monaco in FP1

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Nico Rosberg fastest in FP1 (Image courtesy Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team)

Rosberg powers ahead at Monaco in FP1

Nico Rosberg was the fastest man around the streets of Monte Carlo in today’s opening practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Rosberg outpaced second placed Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari F138 by the slim margin of 0.087s. Romain Grosjean was third fastest and found himself in a Ferrari sandwich as Felipe Massa set the fourth fastest time in the fairly uneventful session. Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top six fastest.

Mercedes have been tipped to perform strongly at Monaco and certainly so far their qualifying pace has been impressive but tyre problems have prevented them from capitalising on their fron row performances. At Monaco however it could be a different story as the street circuit is notoriously difficult to overtake on. The one thing that could break this pattern is pit stop strategy and the number of pit stops required.

Times from the opening session are listed below:

F1 2013 Monaco Grand Prix - Free Practice 1 Result
Driver
Team
Car
Pos
Lap Time
Speed Kph
Diff
Total Diff
Laps
Nico RosbergMercedesF1W0411m 16.195s157.8060.0000.00031
Fernando AlonsoFerrariF13821m 16.282s157.6260.0870.08727
Romain GrosjeanLotusE2131m 16.380s157.4230.0980.18521
Felipe MassaFerrariF13841m 16.394s157.3950.0140.19923
Lewis HamiltonMercedesF1W0451m 16.469s157.2400.0750.27428
Pastor MaldonadoWilliamsFW3561m 16.993s156.1700.5240.79827
Mark WebberRed BullRB971m 17.020s156.1150.0270.82527
Jenson ButtonMcLarenMP4-2881m 17.129s155.8950.1090.93429
Sergio PerezMcLarenMP4-2891m 17.378s155.3930.2491.18325
Sebastian VettelRed BullRB9101m 17.380s155.3890.0021.18523
Kimi RaikkonenLotusE21111m 17.509s155.1300.1291.31426
Paul Di-RestaForce IndiaVJM06121m 17.548s155.0520.0391.35327
Adrian SutilForce IndiaVJM06131m 17.625s154.8990.0771.43020
Nico HulkenbergSauberC32141m 18.193s153.7730.5681.99826
Jean-Eric VergneToro RossoSTR8151m 18.454s153.2620.2612.25925
Esteban GutierrezSauberC32161m 18.754s152.6780.3002.55928
Valtteri BottasWilliamsFW35171m 18.830s152.5310.0762.63528
Daniel RicciardoToro RossoSTR8181m 19.067s152.0740.2372.87225
Giedo Van Der GardeCaterhamCT03191m 19.203s151.8120.1363.00821
Charles PicCaterhamCT03201m 19.438s151.3630.2353.24328
Jules BianchiMarussiaMR02211m 19.773s150.7280.3353.57820
Max ChiltonMarussiaMR02221m 20.225s149.8780.4524.03021
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