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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of FP2 for the 2014 F1 Monaco Grand Prix as a heavy rainstorm led to little running.
In the hour before the session, heavy precipitation and hail soaked the track, and largely overcast conditions ensured it stayed that way for most of second practice. Only one lap – an installation from Valtteri Bottas – was completed in the opening half an hour as teams deemed it too much of a risk to run on the street circuit in such conditions.
While a dry line emerged in many places, there were still too many damp areas to allow drivers to switch to slick tyres before the final ten minutes. After that, times plummeted as the teams ran the supersoft tyre for the first time this weekend and Alonso ended the session on top on a 1:18.482 set on his final lap.
That left Alonso just over 0.4s clear of FP1 pacesetter Lewis Hamilton, who saw what was likely to be his best lap near the end of the session affected by Marcus Ericsson who had stopped at Portier. Sebastian Vettel was third quickest for Red Bull, half a second off the pace set by Alonso.
While Alonso was fastest it was a bittersweet session for Ferrari as Kimi Raikkonen propped up the timesheets. Raikkonen was seen to slow on the pit straight and limped back to the pits in the Ferrari, with his session coming to an end after just four laps. The team later confirmed he had a gearbox problem.
Fourth was Jean-Eric Vergne after both Toro Rossos hit double figures in terms of lap numbers having ventured out on intermediate tyres earlier than most, and Vergne ended up less than 0.1s clear of Valtteri Bottas in fifth. The conditions led to a big spread of times, with almost two seconds covering the top ten.
It was halfway through the session before a time was posted, with Daniil Kvyat the first to do so as he looked to learn the Monte Carlo circuit for the first time in his career. Despite the conditions, there were few incidents as Kvyat and Ericsson both only needed to reverse their cars after running wide before being able to continue without damage.
Jenson Button was the quickest on intermediates, but slipped back to eighth once runners switch to the dry tyres. Nico Rosberg wound up down in 20th unable to find space to set a good time.