Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest of the first day of practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, leading the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg.
Looking in command for most of the session, the Australian was six tenths faster than Lewis Hamilton, who was still the faster of the Mercedes driver – with all three of them setting their best times on the same tyre, the ultra soft. When Mercedes improved to a tenth behind the Red Bull driver, it was then extended again shortly after. The pace from Red Bull was backed up with Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen in fourth, but a second down on his team mate.
Not suffering so much with engine performance, Toro Rosso looked to be close to their big sister, following just behind. Interestingly Daniil Kvyat ahead of Carlos Sainz by just over a tenth. Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez slightly slower than the Toro Rosso’s.
It wasn’t a great session for Sebastian Vettel, hitting the wall at Mirabeau with his rear wing and then going on and picked up wheel rim damage at the exit of St Devote. The Ferrari driver wasn’t the only driver to hit problems in the session. Romain Grosjean lost the Haas on the exit of the tunnel, along with Rio Haryanto who did something very similar. Just as Renault had repaired Jolyon Palmer’s car after his hit in the first session then Kevin Magnussen crashed at the final corner.
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|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.607s||–||40|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m15.571s||0.964s||42|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.815s||1.208s||53|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.981s||1.374s||54|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.120s||1.513s||48|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.487s||1.880s||49|