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Rosberg quickest in first Monaco practice

Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus looked quick in FP1 for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix
Thursday, May 23, 2013

May 23rd, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - The first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix has been completed, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg emerging quickest in the 90-minute session. As expected the Mercedes is fast around the streets of Monaco, but it is not yet clear if tyre management issues will spoil their race weekend once again. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished the session second, ahead of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

FP1 at Monaco is all about getting used to the tight street circuit, where the barriers are always close, the road surface is bumpy and there is never time to relax. There are very few straight sections, which means the drivers are constantly working behind the steering wheel. That was particularly evident in the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who has a helmet camera for this weekend that provides viewers with a great view of the drivers' perspective.

Due to the need to get comfortable around the tight street circuit, all of the drivers completed a significant number of laps in the FP1 session - session leader Rosberg completed the most laps with 31, and all of the drivers completed at least 20 laps. Considering that the drivers used just one set of tyres each, tyre management does not yet appear to be a major problem this weekend.

Adrian Sutil was the only spinner of the session, losing the back-end of his Force India into turn 1. He was fortunate to escape without any damage to the car, despite brushing the barrier with the left end-place of his rear wing. A few drivers skipped the harbour chicane after locking their brakes out of the tunnel, and there was the occasional bit of overseteer after cars bounced over the kerbs out of the swimming pool, but overall the session was without drama.

Full results from FP1:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.195 31
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.282 0.087 27
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.380 0.185 21
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.394 0.199 23
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.469 0.274 28
6 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.993 0.798 27
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.020 0.825 27
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.129 0.934 29
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.378 1.183 25
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.380 1.185 23
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:17.509 1.314 26
12 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:17.548 1.353 27
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:17.625 1.430 20
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.193 1.998 26
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:18.454 2.259 25
16 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.754 2.559 28
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:18.830 2.635 28
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:19.067 2.872 25
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:19.203 3.008 21
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:19.438 3.243 28
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.773 3.578 20
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.225 4.030 21

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