Monaco Grand Prix: Free practice on Friday

First part of free practice

Carlos Sainz

Sunny. Dry. Air +26C, highway +47C

By the beginning of the European part of the season, the teams prepared a lot of new products, but only after the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna due to flooding, it began in Monaco, where working with new products is completely inconvenient. However, many of them put them on, devoting the first training session to collecting information in order to have some experience next week in Barcelona.

In particular, a seriously updated car was brought to Mercedes – with much larger side pontoons and seriously redesigned aerodynamics. But other teams also used the opportunity to work with new products in the hope of getting more downforce, which is so important in Monaco.

After the sessions of support races, the track was already in good condition in the first session, and the recently laid new asphalt warmed up to almost 50 degrees under a cloudless sky.

Racers gradually added to the speed, but not without problems. Verstappen complained about clutch problems and poor handling, Russell about clutch settings – both returned to the pits, handing over the cars to mechanics.

Traffic interfered great, although the riders tried to let those who were on a fast lap pass. Sainz hit the barrier without visible consequences in the 15th turn, Stroll in the last, Bottas showed the speed of reaction in the Rascasse, avoiding a collision with Perez.

In the middle of the session, the power plant on Sargent’s car lost power, the car seriously slowed down in the tunnel – he slowly returned to the pits, then left again.

In the 36th minute, Hulkenberg returned to the pits with a rear left tire dismantled after contact with a barrier in the chicane and a turn around – and the session was stopped for five minutes by red flags to clean up the debris.

The second time the red flags appeared in the last minutes after Elbon’s crash at St.Devote. The blow was strong, the rider was not injured, but the Williams mechanics will have to work. The session was decided not to continue.

The best time was shown by Carlos Sainz with a lap time of 1:13.372.

Results of the first session

Pilot Team Time Difference Circles
1. K. Sainz Ferrari 1:13.372 26
2. F. Alonso Aston Martin 1:13.710 +0.338 28
3. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:14.035 +0.663 27
4. C.Perez Red Bull 1:14.038 +0.666 27
5. Sh. Leclair Ferrari 1:14.093 +0.721 24
6. M. Verstappen Red Bull 1:14.244 +0.872 26
7. L. Norris McLaren 1:14.467 +1.095 25
8. E. Okon Alpine 1:14.585 +1.213 29
9. L. Stroll Aston Martin 1:14.653 +1.281 28
10. A. Albon Williams 1:14.666 +1.294 32
11. V. Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:14.718 +1.346 29
12. K. Magnussen Haas 1:14.725 +1.353 29
13. Y. Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:14.820 +1.448 29
14. P. Gasli Alpine 1:14.866 +1.494 30
15. D. Russell Mercedes 1:15.066 +1.694 24
16. N. de Vryz AlphaTauri 1:15.083 +1.711 33
17. O. Piastri McLaren 1:15.192 +1.820 32
18. L. Sargent Williams 1:15.557 +2.185 30
19. G. Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:15.684 +2.312 25
20. N. Hulkenberg Haas 1:15.785 +2.413 17

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