Daniel Ricciardo headed Max Verstappen during the second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix with the fastest ever lap around the streets of Monte Carlo, as Ferrari and Mercedes couldn’t come within striking distance of the Red Bull’s.
Ricciardo’s record-breaking lap crossed the 1minute-11second barrier with a 1.11.841s, which put him 0.194s clear of his team-mate. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was Red Bull’s nearest competition, but the Ferrari driver was over half a second adrift.
Despite arriving to Monaco at a high, Mercedes couldn’t get on grips with the pace of Red Bull at the principality. Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton was 0.695s adrift, and just a fraction clear of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Story of the session
As the session got underway, Charles Leclerc was first to take to circuit on the streets of his home. The home hero soon went to the the top of the time-sheets with a 1.15.995, relegating Grosjean to second. However, upon second runs, both Grosjean and Perez were able to pip the Sauber driver.
As the front-runners took to circuit, Sebastian Vettel went straight to the top of the time-sheets with a 1.14.413s on the ultra-soft tyres, and was 0.5s clear of Grosjean.
The Toro Rosso’s played key during the opening stages at the top of the time-sheets. Gasly managed to initially pip Vettel to top spot, but the German eventually set a 1.13.180s to go fastets, with Gasly being just 0.230s adrift – abeit on the softest compound tyres. As the track rubbered in, Hartley pipped his team-mate to go second fastest.
As the front-runner drivers on ultra-softs took to track, Verstappen pulled 0.9s to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with a 1.12.267.
Whilst front-runners took to circuit for their hyper-soft tyre runs, a drain cover problem at Casino Square caused a red-flag situation in Monaco, which was hugely frustrating to teams and drivers at a key moment.
As the session restarted, many drivers laps were compromised by traffic at La Rascasse, which saw fastest first and second sectors, but massive time loss in the final sector.