FP2: Leclerc tops surprising Ferrari 1-2

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Known to be fast in slow corners with their SF21, Ferrari's drivers confirmed that Ferrari are in a good spot at Monaco as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz ended the second practice session ahead of the competition.

After a disappointing first session where Leclerc was halted with a gearbox problem just 4 laps in, the Monaco home driver set the timing screen alight. His Spanish team mate, Carlos Sainz wasn't far off either as the duo had a fair advantage over Championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen was fourth and close to Hamilton, but not happy at all. He complained of understeer throughout the session and went on record afterwards saying they "are just too slow, and not by a little bit". Perhaps he's trying to move the spotlight elsewhere, as being fourth in between both Mercedes doesn't seem like the end of the world after all.

So, with Bottas 5th, Lando Norris did well again to end up 6th, ahead Gasly. Sergio Pérez, the faster man of the first practice session was 8th, followed by Antonio Giovinazzi and Sebastian Vettel who just made it into the top 10.

Just out of it are Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso. The latter broke his front wing by hitting the wall at Anthony Noghes while both ended up going straight at Ste Devote, only to reverse back on the track moments later.

So far, the Alpine doesn't seem to work well around Monaco, and neither is Daniel Ricciardo, once again in 15th and again nearly a second slower than team mate Norris.

At Haas, Mazepin was again faster than his team mate, even if only by a whiff. Young Schumacher got completely out of shape at Massenet and ended up sliding into the barriers with a puncture. It marked an early end to the session, and the red flag prevented any on-track action in the final minutes.

By then, it was already long over for Yuki Tsunodo. The Japanese had hugged the barriers at the exit of the Swimming Pool and wasn't seen on track after that.

Results

Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps
116Charles LeclercFerrari1:11.684-30
255Carlos SainzFerrari1:11.796+0.112s32
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:12.074+0.390s28
433Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda1:12.081+0.397s27
577Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:12.107+0.423s32
64Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:12.379+0.695s24
710Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda1:12.498+0.814s28
811Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda1:12.708+1.024s24
999Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:12.746+1.062s28
105Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes1:12.982+1.298s26
117Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:13.065+1.381s31
1214Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault1:13.175+1.491s27
1318Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes1:13.195+1.511s26
1431Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:13.199+1.515s28
153Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes1:13.257+1.573s26
1663George RussellWilliams Mercedes1:13.509+1.825s32
176Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes1:13.593+1.909s31
189Nikita MazepinHaas Ferrari1:14.407+2.723s26
1947Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari1:14.416+2.732s25
2022Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri Honda1:14.829+3.145s11