2018 Monaco Grand Prix: Red Bulls fastest in FP1


Red Bull takes 1-2 in FP1 as hypersofts make their F1 debut

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the first practice session of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix ahead of his team-mate Max Verstappen.

Ricciardo set the fastest time of 1min 12.126sec, beating team-mate Verstappen as the two traded places at the top of the leaderboard throughout the session.

The Dutchman was investigated for incorrectly rejoining the track after locking up into Turn 1, the stewards unhappy at his use of reverse gear.

Lewis Hamilton was third fastest ahead of the Ferrari pair led by Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes Valtteri Bottas finished seventh – behind Renault’s Carlos Sainz – as he focussed on long runs.

Sergio Pérez finished eighth ahead of Romain Grosjean, who made a late charge to take ninth place at the expense of Sergey Sirotkin. Williams team-mate Lance Stroll took 17th.

Esteban Ocon took 11th, ahead of Brendon Hartley who pipped Nico Hülkenberg to 12th late in the session.

Pierre Gasly finished ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, whose team-mate Fernando Alonso (17th) was resigned to the pits for most of the session as his return to Monaco was soured by what McLaren cited as a ‘sensor issue’. Alonso returned to the track with 10 minutes remaining.

Kevin Magnussen also had a mechanical issue and finished last, behind Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson.

With the hypersofts in use for the first time this season, Kimi Räikkönen’s 2017 pole lap of 1min 12.178sec has already been beaten.

Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix FP1 results

1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1min 12.126sec  
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1min 12.280sec +0.154sec
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min 12.480sec +0.354sec
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1min 13.041sec +0.915sec
5 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1min 13.066sec +0.940sec
6 Carlos Sainz Renault 1min 13.456sec +1.330sec
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1min 13.502sec +1.376sec
8 Sergio Pérez Force India 1min 13.717sec +1.591sec
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 1min 13.943sec +1.817sec
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1min 13.962sec +1.836sec
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1min 14.000sec +1.874sec
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1min 14.034sec +1.908sec
13 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1min 14.134sec +2.008sec
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1min 14.240sec +2.114sec
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1min 14.291sec +2.165sec
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1min 14.521sec +2.395sec
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1min 14.637sec +2.511sec
18 Lance Stroll Williams 1min 14.782sec +2.656sec
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1min 15.206sec +3.080sec
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1min 18.801sec +6.675sec


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