Jenson Button managed to set the fastest time in second practice for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, before rain made the track too precarious for any faster times. The Brit edged out Romain Grosjean, who had also finished second in the morning session, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado.

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With the damp weather making the track too slippery for slicks, many cars got some intermediate tyre data in the second half of the session. Several drivers had issues; both the Williams of Maldonado and Bruno Senna made hasty exits down sliproads, as well as Massa and the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen. The Finn hasn’t had the best of weekends so far – his engine blew in the morning session, bringing it to a premature end.

Monaco Grand Prix – Second Practice

1. Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes – 1m15.746

2. Romain Grosjean, Lotus-Renault  +0.392

3. Felipe Massa, Ferrari  +0.856

4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari  +0.915

5. Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Renault  +1.074

6. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes  +1.275

7. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault +1.402

8. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari +1.407

9. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes +1.547

10. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault +1.557

11. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes +1.629

12. Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes +1.649 

13. Bruno Senna, Williams-Renault  +1.909 

14. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India-Mercedes  +2.054

15. Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari  +2.505

16. Vitaly Petrov, Caterham-Renault  +2.694

17. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso-Ferrari  +2.776

18. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso-Ferrari  +3.062

19. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus-Renault  +3.521

20. Timo Glock, Marussia-Cosworth  +3.563

21. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham-Renault +4.283

22. Charles Pic, Marussia-Cosworth  +4.494

23. Pedro de la Rosa,HRT-Cosworth  +4.885

24. Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth  +5.140