2014 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix - Second free practice

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix!
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We've had torrential rain and a hailstorm since the opening session
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The rainfall has now eased, but the track is still extremely wet
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Lewis Hamilton was the man in charge this morning
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He edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg
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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was 'best of the rest'
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Now the drivers have another 90 minutes of practice, albeit in tough conditions
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Air and track temperatures are sitting at 19°C and 24°C respectively
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There is currently a 40 per cent risk of further rainfall
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and FP2 is underway
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Unsurprisingly, nobody is in a rush to leave the pit lane
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Bottas is the first driver out to sample the conditions
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He's on the Intermediate tyres
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Bottas returns to the pits after that exploratory lap
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"It looked very slippery out there, Valtteri. Any comments?" Bottas is asked
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"Yeah, obviously very slippery," is the response
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Most drivers are out of their cars as they wait for the track to improve
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Vettel and Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko are talking in the Red Bull garage
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Meanwhile, Alonso is in discussion with Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci
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Alonso was in the headlines between sessions, with the Spaniard being described as the 'best driver in the world' by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo
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His comments come after Alonso questioned the support of those "close" to him
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The full story is available to read on the main page of the website
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Some engines are being fired up in the pit lane...
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Still no more track action as we approach the half-hour mark
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It's certainly getting brighter, with the track surface gradually drying up
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Having some cars on track would certainly help the situation, though...
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Sutil is getting strapped into his car, with a view to heading out
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His mechanics had some work to do after his FP1 crash
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Sutil breaks the silence by leaving the pits
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He's joined by Toro Rosso rookie Kvyat
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Vergne is the next to take to the track
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All three drivers are on Intermediates
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Sutil brings his Sauber back to the pits
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The sun has now broken through the clouds...
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Kvyat posts the first time of the session, lapping in 1:44.982
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Vergne briefly moves ahead, before Kvyat improves and retakes the position
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Kvyat lowers the benchmark to 1:37.645
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Alonso and Raikkonen join the timesheets
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With lots of cars lapping, a dry line is beginning to appear
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Alonso moves to the front on 1:36.038
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Raikkonen is running very slowly along the main straight
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Replays show Kvyat running straight on at Ste Devote
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He was the cause of yellow flags for a brief moment
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Raikkonen still crawling in his Ferrari. Will he be able to make it back to the pits?
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Vettel goes quickest with a 1:35.896
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Magnussen now edges clear, lapping in 1:35.805
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Button briefly tops the session, before Vettel returns to the front
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It's a 1:33.780 from the Red Bull driver
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Raikkonen has returned to the pits and is now out of his car
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Ferrari mechanics set about a fix...
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Vettel improves to 1:32.588 on his latest lap
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Alonso up to second, just over a tenth adrift of Vettel
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Button pips Vettel with a 1:32.423
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We should see the switch to slicks shortly
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Nine times on the board so far, with just over half an hour remaining
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Vettel, Bianchi and Chilton the only drivers lapping at the moment
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All 22 drivers are in the pits and a spell of silence is cast over the circuit
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We should see plenty of cars heading out on slicks in the closing stages
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Ferrari has confirmed that Raikkonen's session is over
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Mechanics are carrying out plenty of work on the Finn's car
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Button is back out in the McLaren, still on Intermediates
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With the track to himself, Button improves to 1:31.594
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As Button pits, Magnussen heads back out
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Hamilton is told that his run plan will include one lap on the Intermediate tyres, a switch to Primes and finally a move to the Option rubber
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Magnussen moves up to second, six tenths down on team-mate Button
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Replays show the Dane getting it wrong at the Turn 15/16 chicane
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Hamilton makes his way out of the pits
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Rosberg joins his team-mate on the circuit
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Hamilton comes in, but heads straight back out on the Intermediates
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He clearly feels it is still too wet for slicks...
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Rosberg does the same in the second Mercedes
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The Mercedes duo continue to complete out-in laps, without putting on slicks
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Vergne has now taken to the circuit on dry tyres
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The Frenchman is running with Softs
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Vergne duly goes fastest on 1:26.002
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Rosberg told to get more heat into his front brakes
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Hulkenberg is lapping on the Super Softs
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Plenty of other drivers, including Vettel, taking the same approach
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Hulkenberg up to second with his first attempt
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Pretty much everyone on Super Softs now
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Hulkenberg goes quickest on 1:22.699
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Kvyat is second, from Perez and Ricciardo
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Times coming thick and fast now...
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Alonso jumps clear with a 1:22.047
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Perez goes second, just ahead of team-mate Hulkenberg
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Vettel up to third in his Red Bull
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Massa slots into second, one hundredth adrift of former team-mate Alonso
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Alonso lowers the benchmark to 1:19.498
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Hamilton goes second, half a second down
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Personal best and fastest sector times all over the timing screens...
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Vettel up to second, joining Alonso in the 1m19s
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Hamilton had gone fastest of all through the first sector, but he backs off
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Ericsson appears to have hit the barriers Portier
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The Caterham driver has reversed out and is back underway
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That scuppered a few potential lap time improvements
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Ricciardo moves up to second, edging out team-mate Vettel
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Bottas and Button now move ahead of Riccardo
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Alonso still leading as the chequered flag comes out
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Alonso finds more time, clocking a 1:18.482
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Hamilton goes second, ahead of fellow improvers Vettel and Vergne
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That's it. All drivers have completed their laps
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Alonso finishes on top, with Hamilton and Vergne completing the top three
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We will be back for final practice at 11am local time (GMT +2) on Saturday