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Hamilton maintains Mercedes supremacy in Monaco practice

The German team keeps holding off its competitors. Ricciardo clocked third best time.
Thursday, May 22, 2014

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, May 22, 2014 (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton, aiming for a fifth straight win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix, edged his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Thursday's opening free practice session.

The 29-year-old Briton clocked a best lap of one minute 18.271 seconds around the tight and unforgiving barrier-lined Mediterranean street circuit, with his friend and closest rival just 0.032 seconds behind.

They each topped the times in the contest before Hamilton, the 2008 champion and championship leader, asserted his position with the best lap midway through the 90-minute session.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull broke into their personal scrap when he briefly went fastest early on and he was one of only two other drivers to break the 1:19 barrier.

The other was fourth-placed Fernando Alonso for Ferrari.

This left defending four-time drivers' world champion Sebastian Vettel down in fifth on a blustery, shower-strewn and cool day in the Principality.

Like Vettel, Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, improved in the final minuters to take sixth ahead of compatriot Valtteri Bottas, in the leading Williams.

The times for the session (FP1):

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.271 32
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:18.303 0.032 31
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.506 0.235 37
4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:18.930 0.659 31
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:19.043 0.772 33
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:19.467 1.196 31
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:19.494 1.223 31
8 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:19.666 1.395 29
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.789 1.518 29
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:19.856 1.585 38
11 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.033 1.762 35
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.118 1.847 33
13 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:20.207 1.936 33
14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:20.241 1.970 38
15 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:20.260 1.989 36
16 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:20.517 2.246 25
17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.736 2.465 18
18 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:20.914 2.643 37
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:21.310 3.039 27
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:22.063 3.792 40
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:22.492 4.221 38
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:25.817 7.546 7

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