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:
|7||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:17.020||0.825||27|
|10||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:17.380||1.185||23|
|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|
|19||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:19.203||3.008||21|