MONACO: Ferrari got off to a spectacular start for the Monaco Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso dominating the first two practice sessions.
Formula One celebrated its 60th birthday on Thursday with the double world champion lapping in one minute 15.927 seconds in the morning and then carved more than a second off after lunch with a best time of 1:14.904. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was second quickest in the first session but Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg pushed him into third place in the afternoon.
Michael Schumacher ended the day fifth fastest for Mercedes. Australian Mark Webber was fourth fastest in the first session but dropped back to 10th in the second. Meanwhile, a frustrated Hamilton plans to use a specially- painted helmet to change his luck this season and bring him his first win at Sunday’s Grand Prix. Hamilton’s affinity with the special challenges of Monaco’s twisting circuit is certain to lift his commitment to beat the series’ current leader Jenson Button.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 14th, 2010