Charles Leclerc set the fastest time during the second practice session for the Monaco GP. Teammate Carlos Sainz was second fastest and made sure it was ‘Ferrari up’. Mick Schumacher hit the guardrails in the final stages of the practice session and caused a red flag.
On Monaco’s very narrow street circuit, it is a matter for drivers to gradually increase the pace and push the limits of both the car and the circuit. Right from the start of the session we saw a lot of cars on the track.
Considering it was two years ago that there was another ride in Monaco and since the practice sessions last only an hour this year, it is a matter of using every minute that is available. Looking up limits in Monaco can be taken literally, namely up to the crash barriers.
And sometimes the limit is crossed and things go wrong …
After home driver Charles Leclerc saw his first practice session drastically shortened due to a technical problem, the second practice session was clearly a lot better for the Monegask. Leclerc even managed to set the fastest time. Teammate Carlos Sainz made it complete for Ferrari with a second fastest time.
Things went less well for Mick Schumacher. Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner had warned his drivers to stay clear of the crash barriers, but Michael Schumacher’s son hit the crash barriers and caused a red flag in the closing minutes of the session.
As a result, the times were no longer improved and so Ferrari was at the top with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz recording the two fastest times. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were respectively third and fourth fastest and also seem very well matched in Monaco.
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 11.684s 30
2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 11.796s + 0.112s 32
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.074s + 0.390s 28
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.081s + 0.397s 27
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 12.107s + 0.423s 32
6 Lando Norris McLaren 1:12.379s + 0.695s 24
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:12.498s + 0.814s 28
8 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 12.708s + 1.024s 24
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 12.746s + 1.062s 28
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:12.982s + 1.298s 26
11 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 13.065s + 1.381s 31
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:13.175s + 1.491s 27
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:13.195s + 1.511s 26
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:13.199s + 1.515s 28
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:13.257s + 1.573s 26
16 George Russell Williams 1:13.509s + 1.825s 32
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:13.593s + 1.909s 31
18 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:14.407s + 2.723s 26
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:14.416s + 2.732s 25
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 14.829s + 3.145s 11
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