German Nico Rosberg (Williams) clocked the best time on Thursday's free practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix. In an interview he talks about Sunday's unique race, which he is eagerly awaiting.
AFP - Nico Rosberg maintained this season's record of regularly topping the times on the opening day of free practice in Thursday's preparation for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old German, son of former champion Keke Rosberg, clocked a best time of one minute and 15.243 seconds around the famous harbour circuit in his Williams.
This was two-tenths of a second quicker than last year's race winner and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren Mercedes.
Veteran Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, who had been quickest in the morning's opening free practice session, was third fastest for the Brawn GP team ahead of his team-mate and championship leading Briton Jenson Button.
Brazilian Felipe Massa was fifth for Ferrari ahead of much-fancied German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, Finns Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.
Rosberg's Williams team-mate Kazuki Nakajima was ninth and Brazilian Nelson Piquet 11th, one place ahead of his Renault team-mate two times champion Fernando Alonso, twice a Monaco winner.
Barrichello had topped the times in the morning session, but it was the vastly-improved McLarens, enjoying a much slower circuit on which there are no high-speed corners to undermine their performance, who shone in the afternoon.
Kovalainen was soon on top and he was outpaced by his team-mate Hamilton before Massa, Barrichello and then Rosberg and Hamilton swept to the top in the final minutes. Button left his fastest lap until late in the session to jump up to fourth.
Unhappy Pole Robert Kubica of BMW Sauber took no real part in the session after his engine failed in a cloud of smoke on his first flying lap. He was left stranded out on the uphill run to Casino Square.
Date created : 2009-05-21