Lewis Hamilton is up for Monaco. The world champion put in a storming, sliding run to record the second-fastest time in second practice on the narrow street circuit this afternoon, 0.2 seconds behind Nico Rosberg in the Williams. Rosberg loves practice.
Hamilton, don’t forget, won this race last year – albeit in a much more sorted McLaren than this year’s car – and, provided he can string together a tidy qualifying lap on Saturday, will be aiming for the podium again this year.
He’ll have to contend with the almighty Brawns, of course: Rubens Barichello finished second practice in third spot, just ahead of championship leader Jenson Button.
Ferrari showed further signs of improvement, with Tiny Felipe Massa going fifth fastest and Completely Disinterested Kimi managing eighth.
The Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber managed sixth and twelfth respectively, but expect them to be right in the mix come quali on Saturday.
As you might have clocked from his gentle crowing in the first practice blog, Sunday Afternoon Club regular Jamie Hibbard is winging his way to Monaco as we speak. Not that we’re jealous or anything, but we accidentally seem to have set his desk on fire in his absence.
Anyhow, he’ll be posting updates from the Monegasque (just wanted an excuse to use that word, really) harbour so drop him a comment below with your tips for the race.
Or, more entertainingly, what you’d like him to steal from the pitlane. We’re hoping for Sebastien Bourdais’ glasses and Jenson Button’s buttons.
Oh, and Anthony Hamilton’s silly sunglasses. Anyone else spot them on the telly?