during practice ahead of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 22, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

has the fastest time of the weekend so far at a 1:18.271 (Photo: Getty images)

(AP) — Ferrari driver posted the fastest time in the rain-disrupted second practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday, with Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton second. Yet Hamilton’s FP1 time remained the fastest time of the day.


Alonso, who is third overall in the F1 championship, clocked a time of 1:18.482 in FP2. Hamilton was .419 seconds behind and four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel was .535 behind for Red Bull. Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth best for Toro Rosso.

Spectators waited for nearly 40 minutes as drivers stayed in their garages as the damp track dried after some rain showers during FP2.

Hamilton was fastest in the first morning session ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo. The British driver, who is aiming for his fifth straight win, clocked a time of 1:18.271. Rosberg finished .032 seconds behind.

There is a final practice session Saturday morning before qualifying in the afternoon.

Hamilton, who has won 26 races, has never started from pole in Monaco despite securing 35 career poles elsewhere.

Vettel was fifth fastest in the first practice behind Alonso. Neither has won a race this season, with Hamilton winning the previous four and Rosberg clinching the season’s opener in Australia, where Hamilton retired with engine failure. Rosberg, who secured his maiden Monaco GP win last year, trails Hamilton by three points overall.

In the morning’s run in overcast, chilly conditions, British driver Max Chilton spun off in his Marussia car, while struggling German driver Adrian Sutil stalled his Sauber.

Hamilton headed out late in the final session on intermediate tires, while Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson slammed his Caterham into the barriers with a minute remaining.

Practice 2 results:

  1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:18.482
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:18.901
  3. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:19.017
  4. Jean-Eric Vergne (STR-Renault) 1:19.351
  5. Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) 1:19.421
  6. Sergio Perez (Force India-Mercedes) 1:19.668
  7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) 1:19.712
  8. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.721
  9. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:19.779
  10. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:20.230
  11. Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) 1:20.394
  12. Daniil Kvyat (STR-Renault) 1:20.622
  13. Adrian Sutil (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:20.811
  14. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Renault) 1:20.977
  15. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:21.467
  16. Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault) 1:21.700
  17. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham-Renault) 1:21.924
  18. Jules Bianchi (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:21.937
  19. Max Chilton (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:22.683
  20. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:22.862
  21. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham-Renault) 1:23.164
  22. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) 1:45.509

Practice 1 results:

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:18.271
  2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:18.303
  3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:18.506
  4. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:18.930
  5. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:19.043
  6. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) 1:19.467
  7. Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) 1:19.494
  8. Sergio Perez (Force India-Mercedes) 1:19.666
  9. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:19.789
  10. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) 1:19.856
  11. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:20.033
  12. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:20.118
  13. Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault) 1:20.207
  14. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Renault) 1:20.241
  15. Jean-Eric Vergne (STR-Renault) 1:20.260
  16. Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) 1:20.517
  17. Adrian Sutil (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:20.736
  18. Daniil Kvyat (STR-Renault) 1:20.914
  19. Jules Bianchi (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:21.310
  20. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham-Renault) 1:22.063
  21. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham-Renault) 1:22.492
  22. Max Chilton (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:25.817
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