Lewis Hamilton was fastest again in second practice as Mercedes AMG PETRONAS set the pace before the rain began to fall around the streets of Monaco on Thursday.
Hamilton set a best time of 1m17.192s early in the session, 0.740s clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg, who was the only driver to get within a second of the quickest time.
Roberto Merhi caused an early red flag, when the Manor F1 Team driver hit the barrier exiting the tunnel, although the young Spaniard, who has stepped out of his Formula Renault 3.5 Series drive this weekend with Pons Racing to focus on Formula 1, was able get out of the car unharmed.
Just as the session resumed, rain began to fall, with drivers reluctant to leave the pit lane until the final ten minutes, when some drivers ventured out on either the full wet or intermediate Pirelli tyres.
The two Scuderia Ferrari drivers were third and fourth fastest, with Sebastian Vettel ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, while Daniil Kvyat was the only Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver inside the top ten; the Russian driver setting the fifth fastest time while Daniel Ricciardo struggled to sixteenth, although just 1.091s separated the team-mates.
Both Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers finished inside the top seven, with Carlos Sainz Jr ahead of Max Verstappen this time, with the Dutchman unable to match his excellent second place he managed in FP1.
Fernando Alonso finished an encouraging eighth quickest for the McLaren-Honda team, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Sahara Force India, while Romain Grosjean completed the top ten for Lotus, just ahead of the second Force India of Sergio Perez.
The Williams Martini Racing team had a disappointed afternoon session, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas a lowly twelfth and thirteenth quickest, just 0.006s apart but over 2.3s off the pace.
Pastor Maldonado ended fourteenth in the second Lotus ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren, while Felipe Nasr was seventeenth for Sauber behind Ricciardo. Despite ending his session in the barrier, Merhi ended up quicker than Manor F1 Team team-mate Will Stevens, while Marcus Ericsson did not participate in the session as his Sauber developed an ERS failure.
Monaco Grand Prix Practice 2 Times
|5||26||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||Red Bull-Renault||1m18.548s|
|6||55||Carlos Sainz Jr||ESP||Toro Rosso-Renault||1m18.659s|
|7||33||Max Verstappen||NED||Toro Rosso-Renault||1m18.782s|
|9||27||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||Force India-Mercedes||1m19.151s|
|11||11||Sergio Perez||MEX||Force India-Mercedes||1m19.300s|
|16||3||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Red Bull-Renault||1m19.639s|
|20||9||Marcus Ericsson||SWE||Sauber-Ferrari||No Time|