Alonso fastest in practice 2 - Monaco

Fernando Alonso remained on top after the second practice session in Monaco, while his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton had to sit out the final half-hour after crashing at Sainte Devote

Alonso fastest in practice 2 - Monaco

Hamilton had been extremely fast in the first part of the session, producing a string of consistent mid-1:16 laps after usurping early pacesetter Robert Kubica with an hour to go.

The Briton lost the lead to Alonso 20 minutes later, as the Spaniard set a 1:16.211 - 0.085 seconds quicker than his teammate.

Hamilton returned to the track shortly afterwards, only to lose control under braking for Sainte Devote as he started his flying lap. The McLaren slewed into the outside barrier, causing significant front end damage.

The incident was one of several crashes during an eventful afternoon.

Five minutes before Hamilton hit the Sainte Devote wall, Super Aguri's Anthony Davidson had suffered a very similar accident, bringing his session to end.

Heikki Kovalainen was more fortunate when he carried too much speed into the same corner early on - diverting his Renault into the escape road and rejoining with minimal drama.

David Coulthard spun his Red Bull on the approach to the Grand Hotel hairpin, making light contact with the barriers. He was able to bring the slightly damaged car back to the pits for repairs.

Then in the final seconds of the session, Ralf Schumacher put his Toyota into the wall at the second part of the Swimming Pool, leaving him 20th on the timesheets at the end of the day.

The only incident that required a red flag was Adrian Sutil's late crash at Portier. The German made heavy contact with the wall on the entry to the corner with 20 minutes to go, but the debris was quickly cleared and the session resumed just four minutes later.

Alonso improved his time to a 1:15.940 towards the end of practice, putting him 0.275 seconds clear of second-placed Kimi Raikkonen at the chequered flag.

Hamilton's early lap was sufficient for third despite his accident, while late improvements from long-time Monaco specialists Jarno Trulli and Giancarlo Fisichella put the two Italians fourth and fifth, ahead of Felipe Massa.

Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg, and the two Red Bulls completed the top ten.

Nick Heidfeld was only 14th after fuel pressure problems, while the two Toro Rossos again produced top six times early on, but faded to 16th and 18th by the end of the session.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:15.940 40 2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:16.215 + 0.275 43 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:16.296 + 0.356 19 4. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:16.354 + 0.414 39 5. Fisichella Renault (B) 1:16.753 + 0.813 41 6. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:16.784 + 0.844 37 7. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:16.848 + 0.908 48 8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:16.852 + 0.912 34 9. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:17.292 + 1.352 16 10. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:17.414 + 1.474 16 11. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:17.449 + 1.509 40 12. Button Honda (B) 1:17.457 + 1.517 45 13. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:17.459 + 1.519 47 14. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:17.486 + 1.546 43 15. Wurz Williams-Toyota (B) 1:17.516 + 1.576 34 16. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:17.898 + 1.958 42 17. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:18.086 + 2.146 41 18. Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:18.233 + 2.293 40 19. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:18.328 + 2.388 25 20. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 1:18.662 + 2.722 38 21. Albers Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:18.820 + 2.880 35 22. Sutil Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:19.358 + 3.418 29 
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