McLaren’s Jenson Button tops 2012 Monaco Grand Prix practice

Josh Barnett

McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button has set the fastest time in a rain-affected Friday practice for the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, taking place this weekend.

Button set his time early in the second of two sessions before showers ensured no other car would beat his benchmark of 1:15.746.

Lotus-Renault driver Romain Grosjean was the second fastest across the two sessions while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa looked promising in third and fourth respectively.

Australian Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber was down in seventh, but still pipped his world champion teammate across the two sessions.
Fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo was 15th and 18th in his first practice sessions at the famous Monte Carlo circuit as an F1 driver.

Qualifying commences at 7pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Practice 2

1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.746
2 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.138
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.602
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.661
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.820
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.021
7 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.148
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.153
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:17.293
10 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.303
11 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.375
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:17.395
13 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:17.655
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:17.800
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.251
16 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:18.440
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:18.522
18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:18.808
19 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:19.267
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.309
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:20.029
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.240
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:20.631
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:20.886
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