F1 2011 Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton only fifth quickest in practice

PUBLISHED: 10:51 26 May 2011 | UPDATED: 10:56 26 May 2011

Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren garage [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren garage [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / www.mclaren.com]


FORMULA 1 star Lewis Hamilton was only fifth fastest in today’s (Thursday’s) first practice for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts set the pace early on around the barrier-lined streets of Monte Carlo.

He topped the timesheets around the famous Circuit de Monaco at one point with a lap of 1m 17.350s on a sweltering morning in the Principality.

However, in the closing minutes of P1, Red Bull’s reigning F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel moved the goalposts on his final run with a 1m 16.619s to set the morning’s fastest lap on a blisteringly hot day in the south of France.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso went second quickest with a 1m 16.732s, ahead of Nico Rosberg for Mercedes.

Felipe Massa was fourth in the other Ferrari with a 1m 17.316s and then came the McLaren pairing of Hamilton and Jenson Button in fifth and sixth respectively.

For this weekend’s race, the DRS zone is banned in the tunnel but is activated just before Rascasse and deployed along the pits straight.

Apart from the tunnel, its use is still unrestricted in qualifying, so will prove quite beneficial up the hill towards Casino.

Qualifying for the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix starts at 1pm BST on Saturday.

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