Alonso tops final practice in Monaco

Fernando Alonso set the pace in the final free practice session ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday morning

Alonso tops final practice in Monaco
Fernando Alonso set the pace in the final free practice session ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday morning.

The Ferrari driver's 1m14.433s lap was more than half a second quicker than he managed on his way to the best time on Thursday and put him ahead of Jenson Button's McLaren by 0.563s.

Felipe Massa made it two Ferraris in the top three, despite the Brazilian going straight down the escape road at Ste Devote with 10 minutes remaining, his best time almost identical to Button's.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was fourth quickest, but, like his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, used his DRS only sparingly on his best lap and barely turned a lap on super soft tyres, unlike those ahead of him.

Michael Schumacher sat at the top of the timesheets for the first half of the session, but faded to fifth by the end. The Mercedes driver still managed to outpace Lewis Hamilton's McLaren and Webber, though.

Jaime Alguersuari's session ended early after his Toro Rosso sustained a right rear puncture with 20 minutes remaining, but his best time was still good enough for eighth, ahead of his team-mate Sebastien Buemi and Sergio Perez's Sauber.

Nico Rosberg was the only driver not to set a time. The German lost control of his Mercedes under braking for the chicane after just eight minutes, his car hitting the barrier hard and bringing out the red flags.

The session was red-flagged again with just five minutes to go when Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed at the exit of Ste Devote after losing control mid-corner and sliding on to the dirty part of the track.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m14.433s 18 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m14.996s + 0.563s 17 3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m15.024s + 0.591s 19 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m15.245s + 0.812s 19 5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m15.310s + 0.877s 21 6. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m15.386s + 0.953s 14 7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m15.529s + 1.096s 19 8. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m16.617s + 2.184s 13 9. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m16.736s + 2.303s 15 10. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m16.821s + 2.388s 19 11. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m16.990s + 2.557s 20 12. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m17.196s + 2.763s 13 13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m17.333s + 2.900s 17 14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.403s + 2.970s 18 15. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m17.779s + 3.346s 17 16. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m17.880s + 3.447s 17 17. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m18.069s + 3.636s 17 18. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m18.115s + 3.682s 20 19. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m18.580s + 4.147s 21 20. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m18.808s + 4.375s 21 21. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m19.259s + 4.826s 19 22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m20.115s + 5.682s 15 23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m20.278s + 5.845s 16 24. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 3 All timing unofficial 
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