MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS ON TOP OF THE TIME SHEETS AS EXPECTED WHILST RED BULL STRUGGLES…
• Nico´s fastest time in the afternoon session was one second quicker than the fastest lap in P2 last year –
• The drivers completed a total of 154 laps today, equivalent to almost two race distances –
• The focus of the sessions was on basic set-up work, circuit familiarisation and tyre evaluations –
• During P2, Nico and Lewis both completed runs of over 20 laps on the super soft compound –
A very productive day for us. We completed a lot of laps and I feel comfortable in the car. It seems that we are quick again on one lap but we have been working hard again to make improvements to our race pace. It will be interesting to see where we are compared to the others over the weekend as it´s not really representative today. It feels great to be back here driving around the streets of my home city here again and I´m very much looking forward to the weekend.
It´s been a positive start for us today and I´m pleased with what we have achieved here in Monaco. We did some good long run work this afternoon and the supersoft tyres seem to be performing well. I need to improve my one lap pace however, partly with the balance of the car and partly from me. The car is almost there and the pace looks good so we´ll look at the data tonight and work on those areas which can still be improved before the weekend.
Today was a pretty good day for us and it´s always nice to come through the first day of the Monaco weekend cleanly. The true test will come on Sunday but I´m pleased with the technical work that we covered in the two practice sessions today. Both Nico and Lewis, along with our engineers, did a very good job working together through the programme. A pleasing start to the weekend and now we have to make the right decisions for Saturday and Sunday
It was a good solid first day for us: lots of laps, no incidents and good lap times. Nico and Lewis both looked quick and comfortable and we seemed able to keep the tyres in good condition on our long runs this afternoon. Our rivals will be very strong on both Saturday and Sunday, so we will get our heads down and keep working to build on this good start.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.759s 45 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.077s + 0.318s 50 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m15.196s + 0.437s 37 4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m15.278s + 0.519s 38 5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m15.404s + 0.645s 41 6. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m15.511s + 0.752s 38 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m15.718s + 0.959s 10 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m15.959s + 1.200s 39 9. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m16.014s + 1.255s 32 10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m16.046s + 1.287s 42 11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m16.349s + 1.590s 43 12. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.434s + 1.675s 40 13. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m16.823s + 2.064s 42 14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m16.857s + 2.098s 40 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m16.935s + 2.176s 44 16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m17.145s + 2.386s 37 17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m17.184s + 2.425s 42 18. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m17.264s + 2.505s 46 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m17.892s + 3.133s 40 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m18.212s + 3.453s 43 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m18.784s + 4.025s 40 22. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m19.031s + 4.272s 30