Free Practice 2 Monaco GP

Scintillating pace by Ricciardo to lead FP2

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
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.213s 0.606s 36
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.506s 0.899s 48
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
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.040s 1.433s 38
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.120s 1.513s 48
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.269s 1.662s 40
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m16.325s 1.718s 46
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.487s 1.880s 49
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.723s 2.116s 43
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m16.782s 2.175s 40
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m16.849s 2.242s 47
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.874s 2.267s 23
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.286s 2.679s 42
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m17.530s 2.923s 29
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.562s 2.955s 39
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m17.761s 3.154s 24
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.999s 3.392s 49
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.647s 4.040s 10
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m18.814s 4.207s 46

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