FP2: Leclerc tops surprising Ferrari 1-2
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.
|4||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:12.081||+0.397s||27|
|6||4||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes||1:12.379||+0.695s||24|
|7||10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri Honda||1:12.498||+0.814s||28|
|8||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:12.708||+1.024s||24|
|9||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:12.746||+1.062s||28|
|10||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:12.982||+1.298s||26|
|11||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:13.065||+1.381s||31|
|12||14||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:13.175||+1.491s||27|
|13||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:13.195||+1.511s||26|
|14||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:13.199||+1.515s||28|
|15||3||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes||1:13.257||+1.573s||26|
|16||63||George Russell||Williams Mercedes||1:13.509||+1.825s||32|
|17||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:13.593||+1.909s||31|
|18||9||Nikita Mazepin||Haas Ferrari||1:14.407||+2.723s||26|
|19||47||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:14.416||+2.732s||25|
|20||22||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda||1:14.829||+3.145s||11|