Pla Fastest in Monaco Practice

Olivier Pla set a scorching pace in free practice to set a time of 1:27.552, just 0.003 ahead of Scott Speed

Pla Fastest in Monaco Practice

Pla set the fastest time late in the session, with the early running led by Nelson Piquet and Giorgio Pantano.

The session was almost entirely without incident - the only man to run off track was Xandi Negrao, who slid backwards into the wall in the run-off area at St. Devote, damaging his rear wing in the process.

He will be able to have repairs affected within the thirty minutes remaining before qualifying.

Hiroki Yoshimoto was unable to go out on track due to acute engine problems - his BCN team were working long into the night trying to find a solution ahead of the session, to no avail.

His frustration would have been compounded by teammate Ernesto Viso setting the third fastest time, just one tenth off Pla's best time. The team continue to work, in order to try and allow Yoshimoto, who has never driven in Monaco, to get out on track in qualifying.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Pla DPR 1:27.552 17 2. Speed iSport International 1:27.555 + 0.003 16 3. Viso BCN Competicion 1:27.704 + 0.152 16 4. Pantano Super Nova International 1:28.058 + 0.506 16 5. Sharp DPR 1:28.372 + 0.820 17 6. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports 1:28.462 + 0.910 18 7. Kovalainen Arden International 1:28.476 + 0.924 13 8. Jani Racing Engineering 1:28.485 + 0.933 16 9. Bruni Coloni Motorsport 1:28.762 + 1.210 14 10. Monfardini Durango 1:28.837 + 1.285 14 11. Lapierre Arden International 1:28.845 + 1.293 14 12. Rosberg ART Grand Prix 1:29.125 + 1.573 16 13. Piccione Durango 1:29.225 + 1.673 15 14. Garcia Racing Engineering 1:29.270 + 1.718 15 15. Lopez DAMS 1:29.342 + 1.790 10 16. Alvarez Campos Racing 1:29.734 + 2.182 14 17. Carroll Super Nova International 1:29.916 + 2.364 16 18. Premat ART Grand Prix 1:30.051 + 2.499 8 19. Lauda Coloni Motorsport 1:31.206 + 3.654 15 20. Hernandez Campos Racing 1:31.444 + 3.892 14 21. Artam iSport International 1:31.972 + 4.420 14 22. Fauzy DAMS 1:32.448 + 4.896 14 23. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports 1:33.998 + 6.446 6 24. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion No Time 1 
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