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Monaco: Alonso tops final practice
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso, fastest on Thursday, again set the pace with a lap of 1m14.433s in the final free practice session ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix today.

The Ferrari driver was more than half a second quicker than Jenson Button's McLaren.

Felipe Massa was third and championship leader Sebastian Vettel fourth but was known to be saving his sets of super soft tires.

Michael Schumacher was fastest for the first half of the session, but dropped to fifth by the end ahead of Lewis Hamilton's McLaren and Mark Webber.

Nico Rosberg was unharmed after crashing heavily, clambering out of his battered Mercedes and walking away without assistance.

Saturday's third practice ahead of the afternoon qualifying session had just begun, with most drivers on their first few installation laps, when Rosberg raced out of the tunnel, swerved to the right into a barrier and over the chicane.

The crash was spectacular but the 25-year-old German walked away from the wreckage.

The session was suspended while debris was cleared and then resumed as normal.

Rosberg must wait to see if his Mercedes can be repaired in time for qualifying.



Driver Team/Car Time Behind Laps
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m14.433s +0.000s 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

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