For the first time this season, Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Pérez topped a session. He was fastest in the first session of the day as drivers got acquainted with the Monaco circuit after not driving there in 2020.
Just like in Spain two weeks ago, a limited number of fans were again present to add to the buzz that defined the Monaco Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez emerged fastest late in the session but needed soft tyres to do so. Carlons Sainz' run on medium tyres therefore seemed all the more impressive as he ended just 0.119s off of the Red Bull. Max Verstappen in third was close behind, also on the medium compound.
Pierre Gasly ended up a respectable fourth for AlphaTauri, topping the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas who both used the medium compound Pirelli tyres, contrary to Gasly's softs.
Lando Norris positioned the Gulf-liveried McLaren MCL35M in 7th place, contrasting to a disappointing 15th for Monaco specialist Daniel Ricciardo.
Sebastian Vettel, Yuki Tsunoda and Kimi Räikkönen completed the top ten.
Home hero Charles Leclerc, who is hoping to end his string of DNFs area Monaco this weekend encountered more misfortune as on only his fourth lap a gearbox issue forced him to return to the pits. The Monegasque wasn't seen on track anymore as mechanics were busy sorting out the problem.
|1||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:12.487||-||36|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:12.648||+0.161s||39|
|4||10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri Honda||1:12.929||+0.442s||37|
|7||4||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes||1:13.236||+0.749s||31|
|8||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:13.732||+1.245s||33|
|9||22||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda||1:13.746||+1.259s||39|
|10||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:14.081||+1.594s||31|
|11||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:14.090||+1.603s||33|
|12||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:14.106||+1.619s||27|
|13||14||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:14.205||+1.718s||37|
|14||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:14.268||+1.781s||41|
|15||3||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes||1:14.281||+1.794s||36|
|16||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:14.320||+1.833s||37|
|17||9||Nikita Mazepin||Haas Ferrari||1:14.616||+2.129s||33|
|18||47||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:14.801||+2.314s||35|
|19||63||George Russell||Williams Mercedes||1:14.840||+2.353s||35|