The first Free Practice session often gets off to a slow start, and Monaco was no different, despite the need to clean up the track. Esteban Gutiérrez was out and about first, and gradually others joined him to help the rubbering in effort.
Fernando Alonso set an early benchmark but was beaten by Nico Rosberg. Romain Grosjean put in a healthy third fastest time. Adrian Sutil suffered a spin that saw him just miss out on hitting the barriers, and he was able to continue.
Grosjean wasn't quite as lucky as Sutil in the second session, as he crashed his Lotus into the barriers at the first corner, causing a red flag. The stewards took the opportunity to patch up a kerb at the same time. Alonso was another that narrowly missed hitting the barriers after avoiding a Sauber at the pit entry, and he was forced to run wide at Rascasse, but the Spaniard still found himself third fastest.
It was all about Mercedes, though, as Rosberg topped the times again, with Lewis Hamilton just three tenths behind him. The two Ferraris followed, with Mark Webber the best placed Red Bull in fifth.