Ricciardo streets field in Monaco practice

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo proved Red Bull’s Monaco credentials by storming to the fastest time on the opening day of practice.

Debuting Renault’s latest engine, the Australian recorded a best lap of 1:14.61s around the tight street circuit.

The time was a full 0.6s clear of second placed man Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was a further 0.3s adrift in third.

Max Verstappen was the only other driver to lap within a second of Ricciardo, while Toro Rosso pair Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz impressed with fifth and sixth respectively.

The times left Ricciardo highly optimistic for qualifying, which looms as a showdown between Red Bull and Mercedes.

“The engine is a little bit (of performance), but obviously we’ve got a good car around here as well,” he said.

“Let’s see how we go in qualifying, but today I’m happy.

“This track is certainly one where you can find a little bit more if you’re willing to push it on the limit.

“I’ve always enjoyed it around here and I felt comfortable this afternoon with the balance.

“If the track doesn’t change much I don’t think we’ll be changing much with the car.”

It was a tough day for Ferrari, whose drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel ended up seventh and ninth respectively.

Vettel’s afternoon included a spin into the barriers at Mirabeau, which required a trip to the garage for a new rear wing.

The day’s opening session was topped by Hamilton and included two sizeable incidents.

Felipe Massa stuck his Williams into the barriers at Ste. Devote, while Jolyon Palmer suffered heavy contact with the wall at Tabac.

Palmer’s fellow rookie Ryo Haryanto joined in during the second session, clouting the fence at the exit of the tunnel.

All three drivers walked away unscathed.

Jenson Button was meanwhile lucky to escape a bizarre incident in the first session that saw a loose drain cover break his McLaren’s front wing.

As is tradition in Monaco, teams will have a full day to prepare ahead of Saturday’s final practice and qualifying.

Result: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.537s 31
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.638s +0.101s 39
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:15.956s +0.419s 26
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:16.308s +0.771s 29
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:16.371s +0.834s 30
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:16.426s +0.889s 37
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:16.560s +1.023s 34
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:16.697s +1.160s 28
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.912s +1.375s 24
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:17.130s +1.593s 39
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:17.562s +2.025s 44
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:17.599s +2.062s 33
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:17.838s +2.301s 27
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1:17.909s +2.372s 25
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:17.920s +2.383s 26
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:18.187s +2.650s 29
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:18.274s +2.737s 34
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:18.301s +2.764s 33
19 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:18.746s +3.209s 10
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:18.871s +3.334s 22
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1:20.528s +4.991s 28
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1:20.868s +5.331s 25

Result: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:14.607s 40
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.213s +0.606s 36
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.506s +0.899s 48
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:15.571s +0.964s 42
5 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:15.815s +1.208s 53
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:15.981s +1.374s 54
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.040s +1.433s 38
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:16.120s +1.513s 48
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.269s +1.662s 40
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:16.325s +1.718s 46
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:16.487s +1.880s 49
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:16.723s +2.116s 43
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1:16.782s +2.175s 40
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:16.849s +2.242s 47
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:16.874s +2.267s 23
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:17.286s +2.679s 42
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:17.530s +2.923s 29
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:17.562s +2.955s 39
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:17.761s +3.154s 24
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:17.999s +3.392s 49
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1:18.647s +4.040s 10
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1:18.814s +4.207s 46

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