Max Verstappen clocked the second time on Thursday during the first free practice for the Monaco Grand Prix. With 1.12.165, the Red Bull Racing driver only had to pass Lewis Hamilton.
The training did not go smoothly for Verstappen, because halfway through he was preoccupied before entering a bend and had to be pushed backwards by stewards because it was too narrow to turn around. Then the Limburger managed to do some quick laps.
World champion and leader in the World Cup stand Hamilton scored 1.12.106 the fastest lap on the narrow street circuit. His teammate Valtteri Bottas was a fraction slower than Verstappen with 1.12.178.
Ferrari took fourth and fifth place. The Monegask Charles Leclerc drove 1.12.467 on his home track and Sebastian Vettel clocked 1.12.823.
Pierre Gasly got no further than the sixth fastest time in the Red Bull. The Frenchman was more than a second slower than Verstappen.
Black flag for the Haas duo
At the start of the training, a striking moment occurred when both Haas cars were given a black flag, indicating that they had to go into the pits immediately. It turned out to be a safety measure, because the communication via the on-board radio with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean did not work.
It took a long time before the defect on both cars could be repaired, only in the last fifteen minutes did the Dane and Frenchman return to the circuit. Magnussen did come to the eighth time and Grosjean rode the tenth time.
McLaren driver Carlos Sainz was also plagued by a technical problem. The Spaniard did not set any time. Robert Kubica caused excitement by spinning halfway through the session. The Pole succeeded cleverly in keeping his car out of the guardrails.
From 3 p.m. on Thursday the drivers will be back on track for the second training. The third session will start on Saturday at noon, followed by the qualification at 3 p.m. The sixth race of the season starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.
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