Few surprises after the first practice session in Monaco. Hamilton just 3/100th ahead of Rosberg with Daniel Ricciardo in third by 2/10th, encouraging for Red Bull.
Alonso is ahead of Vettel, both are within 7/10th of the Mercedes which is what passes for good these days.
There has been a bit of a dustup with Alonso. Some corners of the racing media interpreted his stated frustration with a "lack of support from some friends" as referring to Ferrari and foreshadowing a move to Mercedes. Others say what he was referring to were some in the Spanish press who had been critical of him. For their part Ferrari felt the need to put out a statement from Luca di Montezemolo praising Alonso more than Mercedes bosses have in recent weeks.
Alonso has a contract with Ferrari though 2016 but it's not known if it includes any performance clauses. Mind games.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.271s 32 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m18.303s +0.032s 31 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.506s +0.235s 37 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m18.930s +0.659s 31 5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.043s +0.772s 33 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.467s +1.196s 31 7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m19.494s +1.223s 31 8. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.666s +1.395s 29 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.789s +1.518s 29 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.856s +1.585s 38 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.033s +1.762s 35 12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.118s +1.847s 33 13. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.207s +1.936s 33 14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.241s +1.970s 38 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.260s +1.989s 36 16. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m20.517s +2.246s 25 17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.736s +2.465s 18 18. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.914s +2.643s 37 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.310s +3.039s 27 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m22.063s +3.792s 40 21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m22.492s +4.221s 38 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m25.817s +7.546s 7