McLaren’s Jenson Button tops 2012 Monaco Grand Prix practice

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.

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Practice 2

1Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:15.746
2Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:16.138
3Felipe MassaFerrari1:16.602
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:16.661
5Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:16.820
6Nico RosbergMercedes1:17.021
7Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:17.148
8Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:17.153
9Michael SchumacherMercedes1:17.293
10Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:17.303
11Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:17.375
12Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:17.395
13Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault1:17.655
14Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:17.800
15Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari1:18.251
16Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault1:18.440
17Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari1:18.522
18Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari1:18.808
19Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:19.267
20Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth1:19.309
21Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:20.029
22Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth1:20.240
23Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth1:20.631
24Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:20.886

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