MONACO (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso 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.
Fernando Alonso caused something of a stir yesterday when asked about a recent comment from Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche to the effect that the Spaniard was the best driver in the world.
Alonso responded by saying that it was always good to hear such comments from outsiders –and pointed out, somewhat enigmatically, that he didn’t always feel such support from closer to home.
Sebastian Vettel is known for having a greater appreciation of F1 history than many of his colleagues, and today the German demonstrated that when he paid tribute to the late Sir Jack Brabham.
He acknowledged that the Australian’s feat of winning the World Championship in his own car (the 1966 Brabham BT19) was a special one.
History will be set at the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans when 16-year-old Matt McMurry becomes the youngest driver ever to participate in motorsports’ most famous endurance race.
The culmination of a long-held childhood dream, McMurry will beat the 55-year-old record held by Ricardo Rodriguez, who was 17 years and four months when he drove an OSCA S750 in 1959 at Le Mans.
Nico Rosberg says he’s not worried about Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton seizing the initiative with his run of four wins over the past four races.
“I’m not too focused on that,” he said of losing the championship lead in Spain. “Of course I would prefer to be ahead than behind but it’s very, very close and there still a long way to go.