Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso got his Monaco Grand Prix weekend off to the perfect start by topping the times again this afternoon in the second free practice session.

Alonso, who had been the only driver to duck under the 1min 16sec barrier this morning, improved to post a 1 minute 14.904 seconds in FP2, and this time he was the only man to get below the 1min 15sec marker. His best time left him 0.109 seconds up on Nico Rosberg's Mercedes, while Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel dropped to third, just 0.086 seconds further adrift.

Hispania's Bruno Senna was the first man out in the second session and initially Nico Hulkenberg set the pace for Williams, before Lewis Hamilton, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Mark Webber and Robert Kubica took turns at the top of the times.

Alonso then set the marker for the day around 35 minutes in, and no one was able to better it, as cloud moved in and light drizzle left the track rather greasy.

There were no accidents however, although a couple of drivers had a few moments, including Alonso's team-mate, Felipe Massa, who was fourth on the timesheets and who locked up coming into Sainte Devote, the first corner.

Michael Schumacher completed the top five for Mercedes, followed by Renault's Kubica, Hamilton and Adrian Sutil, the latter just 0.556 seconds off P1, as Force India again maintained the kind of form that has seen them score points in four out of the fives race to date.

Reigning F1 world champion Jenson Button and Spanish GP winner Webber rounded out the top ten, the latter a tenth or so up on F1 2010 rookie Vitaly Petrov. Petrov was the last of the runners in the 1min 15secs, half a second separating him and Sebastien Buemi.

Buemi's Toro Rosso headed the two Williams' of Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello followed by Liuzzi and then the Sauber's of Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi. Jaime Alguersuari was 18th in the second Toro Rosso, more than seventh tenths slower.

Heikki Kovalainen was the best of the new team cars, a second further back - and 3.280 seconds off the ultimate pace in his Lotus. Virgin's Lucas di Grassi managed to split the Lotus' and was ahead of Jarno Trulli, while Timo Glock and unsurprisingly, the Hispania cars brought up the rear. Karun Chandhok was almost 2 seconds up on Bruno Senna, who according to the BBC is carrying some sort of car problem.

FP3 and qualifying now takes place as normal on Saturday, with Friday the usual pre-Monaco GP 'rest day'.