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.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:16.195 31
02. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:16.282 27
03. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:16.380 21
04. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:16.394 23
05. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:16.469 28
06. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:16.993 27
07. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:17.020 27
08. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:17.129 29
09. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:17.378 25
10. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:17.380 23
11. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:17.509 26
12. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:17.548 27
13. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:17.625 20
14. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:18.193 26
15. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:18.454 25
16. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:18.754 28
17. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:18.830 28
18. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Marussia F1 1:19.067 25
19. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:19.203 21
20. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:19.438 28
21. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 1:19.773 20
22. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 1:20.225 21