It was as everyone expected today in Monaco with the local hero (resident) Nico Rosberg on top at the end of the first practice.

Nico_Rosberg_Monaco_Practice_1Rosberg ruled Thursday morning’s free practice session on the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, pipping Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by just 0.087s while only one second covered the first eight cars.

The German driver lapped his Mercedes in 1:16.195s, and resisted the Spaniard’s best effort of 1m 16.282s. Right at the end Romain Grosjean pushed himself up to third on 1m 16.380s for Lotus, forcing Felipe Massa into4th while Lewis Hamilton had to settle for fifth.

Massa caused a minor stir when he cut into the pits across the bows of Marussia’s Max Chilton, while Hamilton had a moment when he ran wide at Ste Devote.¬† Adrian Sutil, had the biggest moment when he spun his Force India through 270 degrees at the same corner and his rear wing brushed a barrier. Luckily, for him he was able to limp back to the pits for a complete rear checkup of the car.

01.Deutschland Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas1:16.19531
02.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:16.28227
03.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:16.38021
04.Brazil Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:16.39423
05.United Kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas1:16.46928
06.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:16.99327
07.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:17.02027
08.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:17.12929
09.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:17.37825
10.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:17.38023
11.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:17.50926
12.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:17.54827
13.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:17.62520
14.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:18.19326
15.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:18.45425
16.Mexico Esteban GutiérrezSauber F11:18.75428
17.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:18.83028
18.Australia Daniel RicciardoMarussia F11:19.06725
19.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:19.20321
20.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:19.43828
21.France Jules BianchiMarussia F11:19.77320
22.United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F11:20.22521