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Alonso bids for home win as Mercedes

bring revised car (Spanish GP preview) - F1 Fanatic - The Formula 1 Blog

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Fernando

Alonso last won his home race four years ago

Spanish F1 fans

will have three home drivers to cheer on for the first time ever this

weekend.

Fernando Alonso is out to repeat his home victory

of 2006 while Jaime Alguersuari and Pedro de la Rosa will be eyeing top

ten finishes.

Following a three-week break a raft of technical

updates could change the running order this weekend, with Mercedes and

especially Michael Schumacher pinning their hopes on a

significantly revised W01.

Upgrades

Teams

will bring their biggest technical updates of the year so far to

Barcelona in a bid to get ahead of their rivals.

Mercedes are introducing a longer version of their

W01 in an attempt to improve its weight distribution and use its tyres

more effectively.

This is a significant change to the car

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Prac One: Lewis quickest, Schumi third

 

Times
01. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.134 21 laps
02. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.672 + 0.538 14 laps
03. Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.716 + 0.582 12 laps
04. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:22.011 + 0.877 27 laps
05. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:22.026 + 0.892 22 laps
06. Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.070 + 0.936 19 laps
07. Kubica Renault 1:22.202 + 1.068 22 laps
08. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.258 + 1.124 19 laps
09. Petrov Renault 1:22.397 + 1.263 23 laps
10. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.492 + 1.358 26 laps
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.588 + 1.454 24 laps
12. Massa Ferrari 1:22.975 + 1.841 22 laps
13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:23.030 + 1.896 21 laps
14. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.110 + 1.976 31 laps
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:23.284 + 2.150 19 laps
16. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:23.312 + 2.178 22 laps
17. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:23.471 + 2.337 20 laps
18. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:25.329 + 4.195 17 laps
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:26.244 + 5.110 20 laps
20. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.340 + 5.206 23 laps
21. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.694 + 5.560 24 laps
22. Klien HRT-Cosworth 1:27.250 + 6.116 26 laps
23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:27.752 + 6.618 27 laps
24. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari No time 3 laps

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Prac Two: Red Bull top Schumacher Settles In

 

Red Bull Racing came to the fore in Friday's second practice session as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber set the pace at the Barcelona circuit.

Vettel, using the softer option Bridgestone rubber, put in a blinder, clocking a 1:19.965 to edge his Red Bull team-mate by 0.210s.

As for third place, that again went to Michael Schumacher with the German's lap time hinting that he's a lot happier with the updated Merc GP than he was with its predecessor.

Home-town favourite Fernando Alonso was fourth ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa.

Report: Installation laps got underway under dark clouds and with the track temperature sitting at 26'C. Immediately Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa continued on with the Japanese driver posting a 1:23.385 while de la Rosa, who did not set a time in Practice One due to a gearbox issue, took second place.

Robert Kubica dethroned the Sauber drivers before Vitaly Petrov moved ahead of his Renault team-mate with a 1:22.531. However, his reign was short-lived as Kubica went quicker still with a 1:21.937, Adrian Sutil improved to second and Kobayashi to third.

Michael Schumacher was the first of the big names out on track, hoping for a much better showing in his revised Merc GP. The German, though, lost time in the final sector and had to settle for second place behind Kubica, 0.025s down. Schumacher made amends on the following lap, taking first place by 6/10ths. Jenson Button slotted in to second place with Nico Rosberg third quickest, 0.364s behind his team-mate.

Felipe Massa claimed sixth place for Ferrari, behind Kubica and Sutil. Massa improved to fifth, Mark Webber took seventh before claiming the P1 slot, 0.050s up on Schumacher's best. Problems for Fernando Alonso as he loses a piece of bodywork on his way to 16th place. Lewis Hamilton went second.

The session, though, was red flagged as Nico Hulkenberg smashed into the barriers at Campsa corner. The rookie racer ran wide coming round Turn Nine but instead of letting up continued full throttle into the barriers on the opposite side of the track, causing major damage to his Williams. The session was stopped for 14 minutes due to the massive damage to the tyre barrier, which took the marshals some time to fix.

With practice green-flagged all the drivers, excluding Hulkenberg and Bruno Senna, ventured out, putting in the mileage as they chased that perfect set-up, evaluated the different compounds and tried to work their way up the timesheets - and all this before the rain comes down.

Massa climbed to seventh place before being dropped one as Alonso took fifth, Kubica went ninth and Hulkenberg's car was delivered back to the team covered from prying eyes. Massa continued lapping, taking second place, 0.239s behind Webber, who himself found some added pace and shaved 0.888s off his P1 time.

Schumacher was the next to climb the timesheets, taking second off his former Ferrari team-mate before Alonso followed suit and relegated Massa to fourth place only for the Brazilian to then lose out to Rosberg. Kubica improved to fourth place.

With the softer option rubber, Vettel crossed the line with a 1:19.965, taking the P1 slot by 0.210s ahead of his team-mate Webber. At the back of the pack, Jarno Trulli led Heikki Kovalainen, Karun Chandhok, Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna and Glock.

Three minutes remaining and Jaime Alguersuari put paid to many final runs for the chequered flag as he brought out the yellows when he stopped on the circuit with smoke and a few flames coming from the back of his Toro Rosso.

The chequered flag was waved with Vettel ahead of team-mate Webber and, for the second successive session, Schumacher was third.

Times
01. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:19.965 24 laps
02. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:20.175 + 0.210 35 laps
03. Schumacher Mercedes 1:20.757 + 0.792 28 laps
04. Alonso Ferrari 1:20.819 + 0.854 30 laps
05. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.191 + 1.226 23 laps
06. Kubica Renault 1:21.202 + 1.237 36 laps
07. Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.271 + 1.306 27 laps
08. Massa Ferrari 1:21.302 + 1.337 25 laps
09. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.364 + 1.399 26 laps
10. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:21.518 + 1.553 32 laps
11. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.672 + 1.707 37 laps
12. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:21.904 + 1.939 32 laps
13. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.931 + 1.966 29 laps
14. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.184 + 2.219 37 laps
15. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:22.192 + 2.227 33 laps
16. Petrov Renault 1:22.435 + 2.470 35 laps
17. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.449 + 2.484 34 laps
18. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:23.765 + 3.800 7 laps
19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.209 + 4.244 26 laps
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.894 + 4.929 22 laps
21. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.066 + 5.101 30 laps
22. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:25.972 + 6.007 23 laps
23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.152 + 6.187 25 laps
24. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:26.596 + 6.631 21 laps

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Final practice - Vettel in a class of his own

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Red Bull retained their grip on the Spanish Grand Prix weekend in

Saturday morning's final practice session in Barcelona, with Sebastian

Vettel beating team mate Mark Webber by well over half a second, the

German and the Australian lapping in 1m 20.528s and 1m 21.232

respectively to head the McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The

2008 champion took his MP4-25 round in 1m 21.348s; his 2009 successor

lapped in 1m 21.376s. Michael Schumacher was again in the fight in fifth

place, with 1m 21.583s for Mercedes, with Felipe Massa completing those

below 1m 22s with 1m 21.749s for Ferrari.

In a fine and dry

session Nico Rosberg struggled again with his MGP W01, and was seventh

on 1m 22.013s, followed closely by local hero Fernando Alonso on 1m

22.091s in the second Ferrari.

Behind them, Robert Kubica's

excellent form continued for Renault with ninth place on 1m 22.242s,

with Adrian Sutil completing the top 10 for Force India on 1m 22.377s,

despite coming to a halt near the end of the session with technical

problems.

The times were very close in the midfield, with Toro

Rosso's Sebastien Buemi on 1m 22.400s, BMW Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi on

1m 22.412s, his team mate Pedro de la Rosa on 1m 22.527s, Williams' Nico

Hulkenberg on 1m 22.634s, Toro Rosso's Jamie Alguersuari on 1m 22.926s

and Rubens Barrichello in 1m 22.953s in the second Williams.

Tonio

Liuzzi struggled to 17th in his Force India with 1m 23.597s ahead of

Vitaly Petrov's Renault on 1m 23.896s, then came Lotus duo Jarno Trulli

and Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 24.610s and 1m 24.745s apiece. Timo Glock

was back in front of the Virgin train, on 1m 25.722s compared to team

mate Lucas di Grassis 1m 25.855s, and behind them Karun Chandhok was

HRTs lead runner on 1m 26.611s with Bruno Senna at the back on 1m

30.246s.

The session was red flagged with 23 minutes gone after

Kobayashi and Petrov went off the road in separate incidents in Turn 4.

The BMW Sauber was merely beached in the gravel, but the Renault

sustained damage to its front and rear wings and rear suspension. Water

on the kerb, from early morning rain, was to blame.

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

Laps

1

5

Sebastian

Vettel

RBR-Renault

1:20.528

15

2

6

Mark Webber

RBR-Renault

1:21.232

0.704

11

3

2

Lewis

Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1:21.348

0.820

14

4

1

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1:21.376

0.848

16

5

3

Michael

Schumacher

Mercedes GP

1:21.583

1.055

14

6

7

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1:21.749

1.221

16

7

4

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes GP

1:22.013

1.485

14

8

8

Fernando

Alonso

Ferrari

1:22.091

1.563

15

9

11

Robert

Kubica

Renault

1:22.242

1.714

20

10

14

Adrian Sutil

Force

India-Mercedes

1:22.377

1.849

12

11

16

Sebastien

Buemi

STR-Ferrari

1:22.400

1.872

18

12

23

Kamui

Kobayashi

BMW

Sauber-Ferrari

1:22.412

1.884

11

13

22

Pedro de la

Rosa

BMW

Sauber-Ferrari

1:22.527

1.999

20

14

10

Nico

Hulkenberg

Williams-Cosworth

1:22.634

2.106

16

15

17

Jaime

Alguersuari

STR-Ferrari

1:22.926

2.398

20

16

9

Rubens

Barrichello

Williams-Cosworth

1:22.953

2.425

16

17

15

Vitantonio

Liuzzi

Force

India-Mercedes

1:23.597

3.069

12

18

12

Vitaly

Petrov

Renault

1:23.896

3.368

5

19

18

Jarno Trulli

Lotus-Cosworth

1:24.610

4.082

14

20

19

Heikki

Kovalainen

Lotus-Cosworth

1:24.745

4.217

11

21

24

Timo Glock

Virgin-Cosworth

1:25.722

5.194

15

22

25

Lucas di

Grassi

Virgin-Cosworth

1:25.855

5.327

14

23

20

Karun

Chandhok

HRT-Cosworth

1:26.611

6.083

18

24

21

Bruno Senna

HRT-Cosworth

1:30.246

9.718

6

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Webber beats Vettel to pole as Red Bull dominate

Spanish GP qualifying

 
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Mark Webber won the battle of the Red Bulls at

Barcelona

Mark

Webber claimed pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix, beating

team mate Sebastian Vettel by one tenth of a second at the Circuit de

Catalunya.

Red Bull enjoyed a huge margin of superiority over

their rivals with Lewis Hamilton

three-quarters of a second behind the RB6 drivers.

Q1

The

session began on a dry track with temperatures around 20 degrees

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FORMULA

1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPANA TELEFONICA 2010

Provisional Results

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

6

Mark Webber

RBR-Renault

66

Winner

1

25

2

8

Fernando

Alonso

Ferrari

66

+24.0 secs

4

18

3

5

Sebastian

Vettel

RBR-Renault

66

+51.3 secs

2

15

4

3

Michael

Schumacher

Mercedes GP

66

+62.1 secs

6

12

5

1

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

66

+63.7 secs

5

10

6

7

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

66

+65.7 secs

9

8

7

14

Adrian Sutil

Force

India-Mercedes

66

+72.9 secs

11

6

8

11

Robert

Kubica

Renault

66

+73.6 secs

7

4

9

9

Rubens

Barrichello

Williams-Cosworth

65

+1 Lap

17

2

10

17

Jaime

Alguersuari

STR-Ferrari

65

+1 Lap

15

1

11

12

Vitaly

Petrov

Renault

65

+1 Lap

19

12

23

Kamui

Kobayashi

BMW

Sauber-Ferrari

65

+1 Lap

10

13

4

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes GP

65

+1 Lap

8

14

2

Lewis

Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

64

+2 Laps

3

15

15

Vitantonio

Liuzzi

Force

India-Mercedes

64

+2 Laps

16

16

10

Nico

Hulkenberg

Williams-Cosworth

64

+2 Laps

13

17

18

Jarno Trulli

Lotus-Cosworth

63

+3 Laps

18

18

24

Timo Glock

Virgin-Cosworth

63

+3 Laps

22

19

25

Lucas di

Grassi

Virgin-Cosworth

62

+4 Laps

23

Ret

16

Sebastien

Buemi

STR-Ferrari

42

+24 Laps

14

Ret

20

Karun

Chandhok

HRT-Cosworth

27

+39 Laps

24

Ret

22

Pedro de la

Rosa

BMW

Sauber-Ferrari

18

+48 Laps

12

Ret

21

Bruno Senna

HRT-Cosworth

0

+66 Laps

21

Ret

19

Heikki

Kovalainen

Lotus-Cosworth

0

+66 Laps

20

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Webber dominates Spanish Grand Prix

as Hamilton crashes out of second place

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Mark Webber was untouchable in the Spanish Grand

Prix and claimed his first win of the season from pole position.

But

Lewis Hamilton suffered cruel disappointment as a

failure on his front-left wheel caused him to crash out of the race on

the penultimate lap.

That elevated Fernando Alonso to second place in front of his

home crowd with Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull.

Vettel

fell behind Hamilton at the first round of pit stops. He lost time

being held in his pit box and when Hamilton came out the McLaren driver

threaded between Vettel and Lucas di Grassi

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FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2010

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Monte Carlo

The Monaco Grand Prix is the one race of the year that every

driver dreams of winning. Like the Indy 500 or Le Mans, it stands alone,

almost distinct from the sport from which it was born. A combination of

precision driving, technical excellence and sheer bravery is required

to win in Monte Carlo, facets which highlight the differences between

the great and the good in Formula One.

The Armco barrier-lined

circuit leaves no margin for error, demanding more concentration that

any other Formula One track. Cars run with maximum downforce and brakes

are worked hard. Overtaking is next to impossible so qualifying in

Monaco is more critical than at any other Grand Prix.

The Portier

corner is key to achieving a good lap time around Monaco. It is

preceded by the Loews hairpin, the slowest corner in Formula One, and

followed by the tunnel, one of the few flat-out sections of the track.

Some great names have ended their races in the barriers here, most

notably Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

To win in Monaco

places a driver's name on a list that includes many of history's

all-time greats. Both Graham Hill, the man nicknamed 'Mr Monaco', and

Schumacher have won it five times, Alain Prost took four victories,

whilst Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart each won here three times. But

the record of wins in the Principality resides with the Senna, who won

in Monte Carlo six times.

The race has been a regular fixture of

the world championship since 1955, but in that time the circuit has

changed remarkably little. Slight alterations were made for the 2003

event, in particular a new, gentler entry to the Rascasse corner, with

even bigger changes in 2004, with a new pit complex and increased

spectator capacity.

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Oh yes! My favourite track of them all. I expect Rosberg to atleast get a podium finish this time.

 

Also, hoping Senna(maybe his team mate toosmiley36.gif) can atleast finish the race and not disappoint his uncle too much.

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Fears over possible Monaco gridlock grow

Wednesday 12th May 2010

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There are growing concerns over Saturday's initial qualifying session in Monaco with team bosses and drivers all warning it could be a chaotic affair.

The FIA has been asked to split the 20-minute session as 24 cars making their way around the narrow streets of Monaco could be difficult but teams admit they are not hopeful that motor sport's governing body will agree to the request.

If the FIA do stick to their guns, then Q1 will be interesting, to say the least.

Lewis Hamilton has warned that "it could be a disaster".

"I lapped (Virgin's Lucas) di Grassi four times yesterday [in Spain]. That's one of the biggest gaps I've had in Formula One," the McLaren driver said.

His team boss Martin Whitmarsh has echoed his comments and says the stewards could be in for a busy time after qualifying.

"I think Q1 in Monaco will be very, very difficult and it's difficult for all of the cars," he said during a Vodafone teleconference.

"At the moment we have to accept that there are six cars that are very difficult to avoid. They have been in the order of six-seven seconds slower and when you're trying to open a gap you have cars behind you so you can't back off, and it's a circuit where you're going to catch cars and a circuit at which it's very difficult for those cars to get out of the way, even if they want to.

"The slowest cars will do the lap, presumably staring in their mirrors, which I'm sure is distracting for them. Even if they see something, trying to respond to it is going to be very difficult, even if they're on a slow lap, let alone a fast one.

"I think it's very difficult. By choice, I'd advocate that we divided it up somehow, either by splitting the field in half so you reduce the number of cars and don't have to manage the space quite so on such a small track, or you have a session if you thought perhaps unkindly that the six slower cars were going to fight it out among themselves, that they have the first five minutes to themselves, decided on order of merit, before the rest of the cars get onto the track.

"It's always been difficult, but with more cars and a greater performance differential, there will be controversy. There are some, and I'm not one of them, who think that controversy and stewards' hearings after the event are entertaining. I don't share that view, but it's what some people believe."

Ferrari's Felipe Massa says qualifying will become a bit of a lottery on Saturday.

"Getting the car to work as well as possible on Saturday afternoon will be even more important than usual, because if traffic has always been a problem at this race, with four more cars out on track at the same time this year, and without wishing to be too critical, I would say six rather slow cars out on track, Q1 can become a lottery," he said on the Ferrari website.

"No doubt we will use a different strategic approach to qualifying, maybe fuelling the car to do a few more laps than usual, to have a safety margin, so that you are not left without a competitive time in Q1."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says it's "the most worrying aspect" of the weekend.

"It's about getting a lap that is sufficiently clear to post a time to get through. Unfortunately, in terms of statistics, there will be a car every 140 metres if they all run, and there's obviously a big difference in pace between the cars.

"The worst thing will be when you come round into Rascasse every lap and there is a queue of five cars. One way of looking at it is maybe you run for the full 20 minutes in the hope of getting a clear run."

Renault's team manager Steve Nielsen says some of the big names could miss out on Q2.

"I think it's first qualifying that everybody is dreading, with 24 cars out on track and some big performance differentials between the fastest and slowest. The challenge will just be to get a clear lap. But it will be a real lottery, and some big names could easily go out in Q1."

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Prac One: Alonso pips Vettel in Monaco

Thursday 13th May 2010

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Fernando Alonso set the pace in Thursday's opening practice for the Monaco GP, beating Sebastian Vettel by a mere 0.073s.

For much of the session the battle was between Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton. However, with less than 30 minutes left on the clock they lost out to Alonso, who went quickest with a 1:15.927.

Vettel, who did not venture out until late in practice, was second ahead of Robert Kubica, Mark Webber, Massa, Michael Schumacher and Hamilton.

It was a rather low-key start to the weekend with few signs of the traffic that many had been complaining about ahead of the weekend. But then again, practice is 90 minutes compared to Q1's 20 minutes...

Report: It's a beautiful morning in Monte Carlo with a track temperature of 28'C and ambient of 20'C as the drivers put in their first laps around the street circuit, noting the changes. One such change is that the chicanes have been raised at the Chicane and the exit of the Swimming Pool. Within ten minutes everyone had completed their installation laps and now we await the beginning of the action.

Jaime Alguersuari set the first time of the morning, a 1:21.675. Jenson Button, who had to clear the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi at the Chicane, slotted in to second place behind the Toro Rosso driver before taking the P1 slot on his next lap. Felipe Massa took third place, 2.003s down on the McLaren driver, while Sebastien Buemi, Kobayashi, Nico Hulkenberg, Pedro de la Rosa and Vitaly Petrov completed the top eight after the first half an hour.

Button improved to a 1:17.618 with Massa taking second, 0.974s adrift while Lewis Hamilton went third quickest on his first attempt. Michael Schumacher claimed eighth place in his short wheelbased Merc GP. His team-mate Nico Rosberg slotted into third place, ahead of Buemi, Robert Kubica, Fenrando Alonso and Kobayashi.

Hamilton was the next to lead the way, taking first place with a 1:17.423. Schumacher moved up to sixth but was still over a second off the pace of the McLarens. Massa momentarily overhauled Hamilton only to lose out seconds later to the McLaren driver. A 1:16.963 for the 2008 World Champ. Kubica claimed to third ahead of Alonso, Button and Schumacher.

Massa returned to the front with a 1:16.765, Rosberg claimed to fourth ahead of Alonso, Buemi, Schumacher and Button. A close one for Alonso, who slid right out to the barrier at the final corner, leaving lovely black tyre marks on the barriers. A slow start for Mark Webber, who ventured out late and was down in 16th place.

But not as slow as his team-mate Sebastian Vettel's. The German driver finally came out with 36 minutes on the clock and went P15, 1.872s off the pace. Shortly after the yellow flags were waved as Karun Chandhok lost the back end of his Hispania on the dustier side of the track, and by some miracle only nudged the barrier with the rear at the very end of what looked as if it could've been a car-destroying accident.

With 30 minutes remaining, Timo Glock, Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Lucas di Grassi, Chandhok and Bruno Senna made up the final six positions on the timesheets with Glock 3.601s off the pace. However, Senna was 6.399s down on Hamilton's P1 time.

Massa retook the P1 slot from Hamilton as the duo continued their own private battle for supremacy. Their battle, though, was interrupted as Alonso, Kubica and Vettel all slotted in ahead of them, Alonso quickest with a 1:16.325. Schumacher improved to fifth place, 0.300s off the pace.

Alonso lowered the benchmark time to a 1:15.927, putting over half a second between himself and second placed Kubica. At the back, Senna has improved to take 23rd place off his stricken team-mate, who is out of practice. Webber's slow run continued, he improved but only to 13th place. However, a few minutes later the Aussie was fighting at the front, P2, 0.455s behind Alonso.

The final few minutes saw Vettel climb to second, Button balk Webber, who was not impressed and in the process of complaining did the same to Buemi, Kobayashi lost his front wing at the exit of the Swimming Pool when he slapped the barriers and brought out the yellow flags. So Alonso stayed quickest.

Times
01. Alonso Ferrari 1:15.927 31 laps
02. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:16.000 + 0.073 26 laps
03. Kubica Renault 1:16.016 + 0.089 28 laps
04. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:16.382 + 0.455 24 laps
05. Massa Ferrari 1:16.517 + 0.590 29 laps
06. Schumacher Mercedes 1:16.589 + 0.662 21 laps
07. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.647 + 0.720 32 laps
08. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.692 + 0.765 29 laps
09. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.805 + 0.878 23 laps
10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.857 + 0.930 30 laps
11. Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.149 + 1.222 14 laps
12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:17.331 + 1.404 28 laps
13. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:17.704 + 1.777 26 laps
14. Petrov Renault 1:17.718 + 1.791 38 laps
15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.991 + 2.064 36 laps
16. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:18.397 + 2.470 39 laps
17. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.434 + 2.507 37 laps
18. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.547 + 2.620 32 laps
19. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:19.527 + 3.600 23 laps
20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:19.606 + 3.679 31 laps
21. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:19.902 + 3.975 30 laps
22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:20.566 + 4.639 18 laps
23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:21.688 + 5.761 27 laps
24. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:21.853 + 5.926 6 laps

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Lets see how the disaster strikes in Monaco . I think its high time either they increase the circuit length or remove the circuit altogether because its will lead to fatal calamity in one race were all the Ferrari , Mclaren and Red Bulls may burst .

I know this track has history but what the hell . The pole driver always wins.

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@rssh

Its not only about the winner that makes this track amazing. This test the Drivers skill to the prime. The race always has incidents and is always close since its impossible to run away.

Such is the excitement, that 2 years ago Force India almost scored some points with 5 position but Kimi crashed into them in dying laps. First climax and then anti climax!

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Crash puts Fernando Alonso out of Monaco qualifying
















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Alonso topped Thursday's two practice sessions in
Monaco











Fernando Alonso's hopes of winning the
Monaco Grand Prix were dashed when he crashed in practice and was unable
to take part in qualifying.

The Spaniard smashed into the
barriers at Massenet 20 minutes into the final session and wrecked his
car's chassis.

The damage could not be repaired in time for the
two-times Monaco winner to make qualifying and Ferrari did not have
enough time to prepare a spare.

Alonso will now start Sunday's
race from the pit lane in the spare car.

Alonso, who
admitted the crash had been his own fault, said he still hoped he could
salvage a points finish.

"These things happen and you can't do
anything about it," Alonso said. "It's difficult to start from last
place in Monaco but it's a long race and in 2006 (Michael) Schumacher
started last and finished in fifth so the goal is to score some points.
We'll see if we are that lucky."

The double world champion, who
set the pace in both of Thursday's practice sessions, was top of the
timesheets in final practice on Saturday when he lost control at the
tricky 100mph corner Massenet and scraped the right hand side of his car
along the barriers.









"I lost the car. It was driver error," admitted the 28-year-old.

Alonso
came to Monaco second in the drivers' championship, three points behind
leader Jenson Button of McLaren but he will have his work cut out to
significantly add to that tally on Sunday.

Overtaking is
notoriously difficult on the tight twists and turns of Monaco's famous
street circuit, where the man on pole position has won the race for five
out of the last six years.


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Monaco Grand Prix

result

16 May

2010 by Keith Collantine

Pos. # Driver Team
1 6 Mark

Webber

Red Bull
2 5 Sebastian

Vettel

Red Bull
3 11 Robert

Kubica

Renault
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari
5 2 Lewis

Hamilton

McLaren
6 3 Michael

Schumacher

Mercedes
7 8 Fernando

Alonso

Ferrari
8 4 Nico

Rosberg

Mercedes
9 14 Adrian

Sutil

Force India
10 15 Vitantonio

Liuzzi

Force India
11 16 Sebastien

Buemi

Toro Rosso
12 17 Jaime

Alguersuari

Toro Rosso
13 12 Vitaly

Petrov

Renault

Not classified: Nico

Hulkenberg, Jenson Button, Pedro de la Rosa, Timo Glock, Lucas di

Grassi, Kamui Kobayashi, Rubens Barrichello, Bruno Senna, Heikki

Kovalainen, Karun Chandhok, Jarno Trulli

Drivers championship

Position Driver Points
1 Mark

Webber

78
2 Sebastian Vettel 78
3 Fernando

Alonso

73
4 Jenson Button 70
5 Felipe

Massa

61
6 Robert Kubica 59
7 Lewis

Hamilton

59
8 Nico Rosberg 54
9 Michael

Schumacher

30
10 Adrian Sutil 18
11 Vitantonio

Liuzzi

9
12 Rubens Barrichello 7
13 Vitaly

Petrov

6
14 Jaime Alguersuari 3
15 Nico

Hulkenberg

1
=16 Timo Glock 0
=16 Sebastien

Buemi

0
=16 Pedro de la Rosa 0
=16 Lucas

di Grassi

0
=16 Karun Chandhok 0
=16 Kamui

Kobyashi

0
=16 Jarno Trulli 0
=16 Heikki

Kovalainen

0
=16 Bruno Senna 0

Constructors

championship

Position Team Points
1 Red

Bull

156
2 Ferrari 134
3 McLaren 129
4 Mercedes 84
5 Renault 65
6 Force

India

27
7 Williams 8
8 Toro

Rosso

3
=9 HRT 0
=9 Lotus 0
=9 Sauber 0
=9 Virgin 0

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