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Rosberg tops second practice in Monaco

Nico Rosberg once again emerged at the head of the pack after the second free practice session for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

The Williams driver, who has topped numerous free practice sessions already this season, posted a quickest time of 1min 15.243secs during the closing stages of the session to put himself ahead of Lewis Hamilton on the time sheets – with Rosberg's time being the quickest of the weekend to date on the streets of the principality.

The German driver may have managed to lap even quicker had he not got out of shape on the run to Mirabeau in the final minute, although his time was ultimately quick enough to edge out Hamilton's McLaren by just over two-tenths of a second.

Rubens Barrichello, pace-setter during the morning for Brawn GP, slotted into third place ahead of team-mate Jenson Button, while Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel. Both Barrichello and Massa had taken turns at the head of the times during the 90 minutes of running, while Vettel was able to post a solid time for Red Bull having run into engine issues during the morning.

Heikki Kovalainen was seventh in the second McLaren ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Kazuki Nakajima, while Nelson Piquet Jr outpaced team-mate Fernando Alonso to secure the final slot inside the top ten.

After his issues during the morning, Mark Webber was able to post the twelfth fastest time despite missing the opening stages of the session as Red Bull continued work on his car, but it turned out to be a session to forget for BMW Sauber, with Nick Heidfeld languishing down in 17th place and team-mate Robert Kubica failing to post a time after his engine let go in a cloud of smoke on the run out of St Devote on what would have been his first flying lap.

Toyota also endured a somewhat below par session, with Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock down in 14th and 18th place on the timesheets.

To view times from second practice, Click Here.

To view combined Thursday times, Click Here.


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Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW31, Spanish F1 Grand Prix, Catalunya, 8th-10th, May, 2009
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24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
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24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Atmosphere
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24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17

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