Ricciardo fastest in opening practice sessions

By on Thursday, May 24, 2018

The sixth round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Thursday at Circuit de Monaco as teams prepared for the 76th Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – on the 3.337-kilometer track allowed drivers to methodically build speed and lower their lap times on a circuit that has remained relatively unchanged since it first saw racecars in 1929.

The Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen led the way in FP1, with Ricciardo’s quick time of 1:12.126 besting his teammate by .154 of a second and easily eclipsing the previous track record of 1:12.178 set by Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen in qualifying for last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

FP1 results

1. D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:12.126 36
2. M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:12.280 25
3. L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:12.480 34
4. S. Vettel Ferrari 01:13.041 40
5. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 01:13.066 38
6. C. Sainz Jr. Renault 01:13.456 40
7. V. Bottas Mercedes 01:13.502 39
8. S. Pérez Force India 01:13.717 39
9. R. Grosjean Haas 01:13.943 24
10. S. Sirotkin Williams 01:13.962 40
11. E. Ocon Force India 01:14.000 39
12. B. Hartley Toro Rosso 01:14.034 46
13. N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:14.134 38
14. P. Gasly Toro Rosso 01:14.240 38
15. S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:14.291 37
16. C. Leclerc Sauber 01:14.521 39
17. F. Alonso McLaren 01:14.637 16
18. L. Stroll Williams 01:14.782 43
19. M. Ericsson Sauber 01:15.206 39
20. K. Magnussen Haas 01:18.801 7

Ricciardo and Verstappen remained the front runners in FP2. Ricciardo’s lap of 1:11.841 set a new benchmark, with Verstappen .194 of a second behind.

FP2 results

1. D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:11.841 33
2. M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:12.035 41
3. S. Vettel Ferrari 01:12.413 42
4. L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:12.536 34
5. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 01:12.543 36
6. V. Bottas Mercedes 01:12.642 38
7. N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:13.047 30
8. S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:13.077 40
9. F. Alonso McLaren 01:13.115 42
10. C. Sainz Jr. Renault 01:13.200 34
11. B. Hartley Toro Rosso 01:13.222 47
12. S. Pérez Force India 01:13.370 39
13. E. Ocon Force India 01:13.382 47
14. P. Gasly Toro Rosso 01:13.410 32
15. S. Sirotkin Williams 01:13.547 44
16. K. Magnussen Haas 01:13.572 41
17. C. Leclerc Sauber 01:13.575 45
18. R. Grosjean Haas 01:13.763 37
19. L. Stroll Williams 01:14.011 34
20. M. Ericsson Sauber 01:14.173 46

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