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Summary

  1. Hamilton fastest in rain-hit second practice
  2. Merhi crashes at tunnel exit, several cars off track
  3. Get involved #bbcf1: how would you make F1 more exciting?
  4. Hamilton fastest in first practice, Verstappen second

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Once again, thanks for all your suggestions on how to make F1 more entertaining. We'll have more on that on Saturday, as well. Plus, we'll be putting together the best of yours, BBC F1's and the drivers' views on how to improve the show later today.

That's all from us for today so I'll point you in the direction of

Andrew Benson's report on a rain-affected second practice, also tune into BBC Radio 5 live at 21:30 BST for the Monaco GP preview show. Until Saturday, goodbye.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Monaco

"It is between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for the front row for me but I am particularly interested in the two Toro Rossos, they are up there in reality."

No action tomorrow, of course, so third practice will be on Saturday at 10:00 BST before qualifying in the afternoon. As Tom Clarkson says a couple of entries earlier, experience to be key?

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Monaco

"Fastest times on inters: KVY 1:33.3; ALO 34.5; RIC 34.7; MAS 36.3; VET 36.9; BUT 38.6; RAI 38.8; BOT 39.8."

Four Monaco GPs - at the same time

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Before I forget, this is brilliant.

How would you fancy watching the final laps of the Monaco Grands Prix of 1981, 1988, 1996 and 2012 all at the same time?

Well,

you can in our handy little video, which shows how the Monte Carlo track has barely changed over the years.

How to make F1 more entertaining?

Get involved #bbcf1

Ryan Blythe Unlimited fuel so cars can go flat-out for the entire race would be my main change. Far too much fuel saving & tyre management in my opinion.

Ipkw Well ...how about we clone @LewisHamilton then there will be more interesting and capable drivers on the track.

Max Baggins-Craig After so many laps, drivers have to pull into pits & spin a hoola-hoop & they've to reach a target before going back out.

Graham Brand Winner of previous race has to tow a 4-berth caravan at next race. 2nd place a 2-berth and 3rd place a trailer tent.

That is pretty much that for today. Thanks for all your suggestions on how Formula 1 can be made more entertaining. Here are a few more...

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter in Monaco

"I am not sure how much the teams were able to learn today. The track was constantly evolving in FP1 and then of course there was the rain in FP2. Experience will count on Saturday, so if Max Verstappen can produce on Saturday, it will really show off his talent."

FP2 RESULT

1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Kimi Raikkonen 5) Daniil Kvyat 6) Carlos Sainz 7) Max Verstappen 8) Fernando Alonso 9) Nico Hulkenberg 10) Romain Grosjean

11) Sergio Perez 12) Felipe Massa 13) Valtteri Bottas 14) Maldonado 15) Jenson Button 16) Daniel Ricciardo 17) Felipe Nasr 18) Roberto Merhi 19) Will Stevens 20) Marcus Ericsson

Not the most thrilling of practice sessions, and not really worthy of capital letters in the previous entry, but there you go. Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets in both sessions today.

Chequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON FINISHES FASTEST IN SECOND PRACTICE FOR THE MONACO GRAND PRIX.

Under one minute left of the session then and a reminder of the order. It is Lewis Hamilton fastest with that 1:17.192 before the rain came, ahead of Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Monaco

"First flying laps in the wet: ALO 1:40.401; RIC 40.585; KVY 40.683. Amazing they're all so close when just out to feel the grip."

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"Very low grip on this tyre. Very low grip," says Jenson Button, who is on the intermediate tyre.

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter in Monaco

"Interestingly, Nico Rosberg has just gone out on the full wet tyre with everyone else on the inters. Mercedes are going to send Lewis Hamilton out on inter tyres and are going to get data on the full wets and the inters."

Memorable Monaco moments

When the rain comes...

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Olivier Panis holds the record for winning from the lowest grid slot, winning from 14th on the grid in 1996.

That rain-affected race also featured the lowest number of cars getting across the finish line, with just four making it to the end.

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Fernando Alonso is out with inters bolted on. Plenty of spray kicking up from behind his McLaren as he gingerly makes his way around the circuit, getting a feel for the conditions.

Alonso is asked over team radio: "Are you happy to continue?" "Yes" is the reply.

Hooray! With 10 minutes left, we have some activity as Fernando Alonso heads back out. A few others are climbing into their cars and look set to join him.

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Williams: Neither Felipe Massa or Jennie Gow are wearing the appropriate footwear for this weather.

Jennie Gow has just spotted a very bored-looking Carlos Sainz and asks if he is planning to go back out.

"I don't think so," he says. "The forecast is for dry and it is not worth going out because you crash and run out of spare parts."

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Sauber: No more rain, but still an empty track. 20 minutes remaining in #FP2.

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See? This is what happens when we are all left to entertain ourselves for so long...

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Nigel MacGeorge: If there's no overtaking, there's no excitement, and if there's no excitement, people won't watch. Just making the caravan of cars go faster but still with no overtaking is just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. When results are no longer uncertain, it's a turn off. How to get more overtaking? Change the aero regs so cars can more easily follow each other through corners and get close enough to have a chance to overtake.

Ben Wallcroft: All cars the same! Simple. May the best driver win. OR, each race, a driver has a different car, so every driver gets the chance to drive in the top cars etc. This will prove the best driver and also the best car. If the top drivers are good, they should be able to score points with the less performing cars.

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The sun is shining once again and the blowers are out in force to dry the pitlane.

It has also been well over 10 minutes since I last saw a slow motion replay of a seagull flying on the television feed too, track action incoming?

Gearbox woe for Grosjean?

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Speaking of Romain Grosjean, there's potentially some bad news for the Frenchman, who is set to incur a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's race after Lotus changed his gearbox,

reports Autosport.

It will mean he will have it all to do before we've even got to qualifying, with this circuit notoriously difficult to overtake on.

How do the drivers pass the time?

Wondering what the drivers are up to as they wait for the rain to pass?

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Romain Grosjean is being interviewed...

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...Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa are chit chatting...

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...and Sebastian Vettel is staying focused.

Hopefully some action (and an end to my ramblings) will happen before the timer hits zero. Thirty minutes to go...

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Andrew is not wrong, with the rain having got heavier in the last few minutes. No need for any fancy weather-predicting gadgetry, a shot of an umbrella covered in big rain droplets tells us all we need to know.

Forty minutes remaining...

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Monaco

"Properly belting it down here in Monaco now. Not looking great for any more running."

Memorable Monaco moments

The craziest race ever?

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Speaking of rain in Monaco, remember the 1982 Monaco Grand Prix?? Labelled "the craziest race ever" by legendary commentator Murray Walker, it was quite something.

Renault's Rene Arnoux led before spinning and stalling his engine after 14 laps, putting Alain Prost into the lead. He looked certain to seal a brilliant win but, as rain fell with two laps to go, he lost control coming out of the harbour-front chicane and slammed into the barrier.

That put Riccardo Patrese out in front in his Brabham before he too, incredibly, spun and then Didier Pironi's Ferrari ran out of fuel and came to a halt. That was not the end of the madness as Alfa Romeo's Andrea de Cesaris also ran out of petrol and then Williams's Derek Daly stopped with a broken gearbox.

"It is ridiculous. We are sitting by the start-finish line waiting for a winner to come past and we don't seem to be getting one," said BBC commentator James Hunt at the time.

Finally, Patrese managed to get his Brabham over the line to win an unbelievable race. The above grainy picture doesn't really do it justice, so

I urge you to watch the highlights of it.

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Davie Miller Manual shift gear boxes would soon sort the men from the boys.

Key Make the wet tyres better, so we can get some action during times like these!

Martin Collins Twin turbo could be an idea also. Equally distribute the profits amongst the teams. More teams so a 26 car grid again.

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Sorry, I do Lotus a disservice. They did tweet a more informative picture with that tweet...

Lotus: It's raining.

Want a weather update? Lotus have been kind enough to provide us with one...

Jennie Gow manages to grab Max Verstappen for a quick word as the wait for the rain to stop goes on, and the Toro Rosso man says: "There is no point to drive now in these conditions because the next few days I think will be dry.

"It has already been a good practice for me. I just built it up slowly, I felt good on the track. I like street circuits."

Asked if he was running on low fuel, he adds: "Not really. Everyone is for sure but it [my FP1 time] was not because I was massively down. We just have a good car on this track I think."

Verstappen adds that he has completed 200-300 laps of this circuit in the simulator. Practice to pay off?

The circuit is empty again as Pastor Maldonado heads in after a pretty cautious venture round the increasingly wet circuit. "It is raining too much," he says.

How to make F1 more entertaining?

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David Parsons Make crews do stops standing on one leg?! Make cars harder to handle=more driver mistakes=more action, best drivers not best car win!

Paul Beverley F1 teams should be made to drop their lowest scoring driver each season, you'd be guaranteed a fight between team mates then.

Derek Martin Make them reverse the whole race.

Ben Harvey Sporle Need to make sure the 'lesser' teams are getting a fair deal financially. Teams like Minardi were crucial in developing talent.

During the lull in activity, Tom Clarkson caught a word with former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger.

"I always go to practice to see who is quick," he says. "If Ferrari are quick I put on a Ferrari jacket, Max Verstappen is quick so it will be a Toro Rosso jacket.

"Max and Carlos Sainz are showing the potential of the car and it is fantastic to see those young boys being competitive on a difficult circuit like this."

No surprises as no-one is rushing back out on to the circuit because of that bit of rain. Eventually, Pastor Maldonado opts to be the one to break the silence and out he goes on to the empty, but damp, circuit.

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Williams: The fans on the grandstand opposite aid the decision as they head for cover. It's raining!

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live analyst in Monaco

"The track is open but there is a big black cloud coming across the border from Italy. A few drops will make the circuit pretty tricky but I believe we are going to see some more dry running later on."