Reigning double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso re-asserted his dominance during free practice for this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, ending both sessions comfortably atop the timesheets.

Indeed, the Spaniard was a massive six tenths of a second clear of anyone else in the morning, and while his rivals would later close that gap he remains in confident mood, and optimistic he can repeat his dream victory in the event of a year ago.

Alonso currently sits second in the drivers' standings heading into the weekend, two points adrift of rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton and eager to turn the tables on the young Brit.

"As always free practice was focussed on testing the different tyre compounds made available to us by Bridgestone as well as finding the right balance with the set-up," the McLaren ace explained. "We made good progress and the car feels good.

"Monaco is a unique circuit with the close barriers and also traffic; it's very easy to get a flying lap ruined, but that is the challenge for everybody. I think we are in good shape, and with some more fine-tuning during Saturday morning practice we are definitely looking forward to a competitive weekend."



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