Alonso on top in rain-affected second practice

Alonso on top in rain-affected second practice

22 May 2014 – Fernando Alonso came out on top in Thursday afternoon's rain-affected second practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. After the track had dried up, the Ferrari driver used a set of Super Soft tyres to record a 1:18.482, placing him comfortably clear of Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

With a massive hailstorm hitting the Principality after the morning session, a sodden track surface greeted the drivers for second practice.

But for one lap from Valtteri Bottas, there was no activity for half an hour, following which the drivers spent a lengthy phase on Intermediates.

When the switch to slick tyres finally arrived in the closing ten minutes, with most moving straight on to the Super Softs, Alonso made the most of the conditions, working his way down to a mid 1m18s effort with little drama.

Hamilton, who had set the standard in the dry morning session, finished just over four tenths of a second behind Alonso, with reigning quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel completing the top three positions.

Jean-Éric Vergne, the first to switch to slicks, placed his Toro Rosso machine just ahead of Bottas.

Force India drivers Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg followed in sixth and seventh, while the McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen – split by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo – broke into the top ten.

Nico Rosberg finished back in 20th position after failing to complete a representative time on slicks.

It was worse for Kimi Räikkönen, who finished at the bottom after a gearbox issue curtailed his running.

In the tail-end battle, Kamui Kobayashi ensured that Caterham finished in front of Marussia.

Saturday's final practice session in Monaco gets underway at 11am local time (GMT +2)

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