Vettel heads Ricciardo in Monaco Practice

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in Thursday practice ahead of this weekend’s Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel clocked the fastest ever lap in Monte Carlo with a 1:12.720s to finish 0.487s clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Red Bull displayed a visible upgrade to its RB13 with the addition of the T-wing on the engine cover of both its cars.

Ricciardo managed to split the Ferraris with Kimi Raikkonen third fastest, just over half-a-second off the pace, with Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat half a tenth further back in fourth.

Team-mate Carlos Sainz ended up fifth while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was sixth, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) on combined times.

Hamilton and Bottas had clocked times for first and fourth respectively in the opening 90 minute practice session, before a set-up change saw the pair unable to match their earlier pace.

The top 10 was rounded out by Force India’s Sergio Perez, Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren).

Second practice was red-flagged with 36 minutes remaining when Lance Stroll crashed at Casino Square.

The Williams driver, who was 16th fastest, lost the rear at the top of the hill before sliding into the barrier.

Second practice was a scrappier session than the morning overall, with Esteban Ocon hitting the barrier at the downhill right-hander before Portier.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who failed to complete a lap time in first practice because of a gearbox problem, nudged the barrier at Casino Square, forcing him to pit.

McLaren returnee Jenson Button had another solid session, the Briton clocking the 12th quickest time in second practice  to finish just 0.035s adrift of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

There was more frustration for Renault, with Nico Hulkenberg ending the session 17th quickest, having failed to set a time at all due to mechanical problems in the morning.

His team-mate Jolyon Palmer pulled off track at Portier early in the session with smoke pouring from the rear of his Renault. He completed just eight laps.

Result: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Practice 2

Positon Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.720s 38
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:13.207s 0.487s 35
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:13.283s 0.563s 46
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1:13.331s 0.611s 41
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:13.400s 0.680s 43
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:13.486s 0.766s 36
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:13.799s 1.079s 45
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.873s 1.153s 31
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:13.890s 1.170s 46
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.902s 1.182s 39
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1:13.946s 1.226s 42
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:13.981s 1.261s 37
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:14.003s 1.283s 46
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:14.022s 1.302s 44
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1:14.093s 1.373s 47
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1:14.474s 1.754s 27
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:14.870s 2.150s 41
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:15.616s 2.896s 8
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:15.691s 2.971s 32
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1:15.695s 2.975s 37

Result: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1;13.425s 40
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1;13.621s 0.196s 34
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1;13.771s 0.346s 32
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1;13.791s 0.366s 40
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1;13.854s 0.429s 45
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1;14.111s 0.686s 42
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1;14.164s 0.739s 37
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1;14.201s 0.776s 32
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1;14.333s 0.908s 39
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1;14.425s 1.000s 39
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1;14.617s 1.192s 37
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1;14.813s 1.388s 38
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1;14.870s 1.445s 34
14 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1;14.954s 1.529s 35
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1;15.321s 1.896s 33
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1;15.595s 2.170s 44
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1;15.949s 2.524s 42
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1;16.258s 2.833s 33
19 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 3
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3

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