MONACO (AP) — Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time in the rain-disrupted second practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday. Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton was second.
Alonso, third overall in the championship, clocked 1 minute, 18.482 seconds. Hamilton was .419 seconds behind, and Sebastian Vettel .535 behind for Red Bull. Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth best for Toro Rosso.
Spectators waited for nearly 40 minutes as drivers stayed in their garages until the track dried after some showers.
Hamilton was fastest in the morning session ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo.
There is a final practice session on Saturday morning before qualifying in the afternoon.
Hamilton, who has won 26 races, has never started from the pole in Monaco despite securing 35 career poles elsewhere.
"It felt really good out there today. I had a good first session and was then really pleased to get those last few laps in the dry this afternoon," Hamilton said. "I'm feeling pretty set for Saturday. There is still some work to do, but we have tomorrow to look into that."
The British driver is confident he can end his barren run in Monaco, where he has not won since 2008, the year he won the F1 title.
"This track is one of the coolest ever," Hamilton said. "It's such a classic race, and I've been trying to win here again since 2008, so I'm hoping this is the year as we have such a great car."
Hamilton has four poles this season, with Rosberg clinching the other, meaning Mercedes have swept all five races and all five poles.
Hamilton has won the previous four and Rosberg took the opening GP in Australia, where Hamilton retired with engine failure.
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