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Alonso and Button lead, as Kovalainen's engine gives up // Free Practice in Monaco threw some challenges in the way

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Free Practice day in Monaco was as chaotic as you would expect from the principality, with Fernando Alonso leading the morning session. The skies were clear and bright, as the session got underway, a slow start as gradually the drivers headed out onto the dirty track.

Alonso led with Romain Grosjean behind him, whilst at the rear of the grid, Kimi Räikkönen completed one lap without setting a time, then opted to remain in the garage while the team tweaked the steering. No one got a chance to beat Alonso’s time as Heikki Kovalainen’s engine gave up midway through the tunnel, filling the streets with smoke and bringing the session to a close ten minutes early.

Free Practice 2 started out dry, with a half hour of running allowing Jenson Button to post the fastest time. Grosjean was once again in second, whilst Räikkönen improved to 19th with 23 laps this time. The heavens opened and rain came pouring down which turned the session into a wet tyre data gathering exercise and the times could not be improved upon.