Leclerc bounces back to put Ferrari fastest in Monaco

Charles Leclerc. Picture: Scuderia Ferrari Twitter

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have topped the second Free Practice session for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.

The Ferrari duo were the only two to dip into the 1:11s bracket to end the opening day’s running in the Principality at the top of the timesheets.

They headed Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in a session that was called five minutes early after Mick Schumacher found the wall at Massenet.

Leclerc was fastest with a 1:11.684s, his time coming later in the session after many had switched focus to race runs.

The local lad headed team-mate Sainz by 0.1s, and was 0.390s faster than Hamilton, who was in turn just 0.007s faster than Verstappen in fourth.

Schumacher was not the only driver to come a cropper.

The German lost the back end of his Haas turning into Massenet in the closing stages, clouting the wall with his right-rear tyre.

He then limped around to the escape road at the Nouvelle Chicane where he stopped, triggering the red flag and ultimately ending the session.

Yuki Tsunoda also struck trouble, finding the wall with just 11 laps under his belt to end the session slowest of all.

A slide exiting the Swimming Pool saw the AlphaTauri driver brush the wall with the right-rear wheel, limping the car back to the garage where his session ended.

Leclerc’s session-topping performance came after he was forced to sit out much of the opening practice session with gearbox issues.

His fastest lap proved 0.8s quicker than the morning session, which was topped by Sergio Perez.

The Mexican found himself eighth best in FP2, slipping behind Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) in fifth, Lando Norris (McLaren) in sixth, and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri).

Rounding out the Top 10 was Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin).

Traffic proved a major influence around the short, narrow circuit, with free track at a premium.

A final 60-minute practice session remains on Saturday ahead of qualifying which gets underway at 23:00 AEST.

Results: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, Free Practice 2

Pos Num Driver Team Time Diff Laps
1 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:11.684 30
2 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:11.796 +0.112s 32
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:12.074 +0.390s 28
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:12.081 +0.397s 27
5 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:12.107 +0.423s 32
6 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:12.379 +0.695s 24
7 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:12.498 +0.814s 28
8 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:12.708 +1.024s 24
9 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:12.746 +1.062s 28
10 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:12.982 +1.298s 26
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:13.065 +1.381s 31
12 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:13.175 +1.491s 27
13 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:13.195 +1.511s 26
14 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:13.199 +1.515s 28
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:13.257 +1.573s 26
16 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:13.509 +1.825s 32
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:13.593 +1.909s 31
18 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:14.407 +2.723s 26
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:14.416 +2.732s 25
20 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:14.829 +3.145s 11

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