Max Verstappen was the fastest driver in the second practice session of the Monaco GP, as the Dutchman found his pace and moved to the top. He was followed by Leclerc, Sainz, while the Spaniard crashed.
The drivers and teams lined up on the circuit on the streets of Monaco, in excellent conditions with the sun and high temperatures in the air and road surface, entering the process of further simulation, with a view to qualifying tests and the big race on Sunday. Indicatively we saw the use of the soft Pirelli rubber (C5) which was not the case in FP1 earlier today and we were given a clearer picture of the dynamics of the participants.
In a clean race, Max Verstappen led the standings, with the world champion using a time of 1:12:462. The Dutchman seemed to overcome any concerns he had, in terms of finding the right setup, he was able to push harder and therefore move faster than anyone else.
However, the battle in the Greatness is expected to be close, if we consider the difference between the teams. Local hero Charles Leclerc followed in second place (+0.065), while his teammate Carlos Sainz was behind him in third place (+0.107).
The Spanish driver stole the show in a negative way during FP2, despite showing more comfort and confidence than Leclerc in the middle corners, when he landed on the inside edge at Pisina corner, damaging the suspension of his SF-23 and ending up out of control. at the barriers, with the process interrupted by red flags.
Sainz’s accident occurred in the last twenty minutes of the session, thus ending the competitive course of the drivers. This fact, however, does not change the overall speed of the Ferrari on the narrow streets of Monaco, which will be a direct competitor at the top.
Another driver who will appear to be in the game, is undoubtedly the fourth in the ranking, Fernando Alonso (+0.220), with Aston Martin who expects a lot from the three days we are going through. The Spaniard took the first sector of the circuit as his benchmark, where he was faster than the competition, losing time along the way, at the mercy of traffic on his two fastest laps.
Of course, this matter did not bother only the green Spaniard, but also many drivers and it is related to the nature of the circuit and the congestion that occurs as a result.
Lando Norris closed FP2 in fifth, less than half a second (+0.444) off the fastest time, as the British McLaren driver overcame car issues in the opening minutes to produce the best lap. on a track that is among his favorites and gives him the opportunity to overcome any lag in his car.
Sixth was Lewis Hamilton, with a completely updated W14, which however was not fast on soft rubber, unlike the other two available from Pirelli. For indications, all Mercedes drivers had handling problems, with George Russell in twelfth place overall slower than his teammates, all with the German’s new racing package in hand.
The top ten was completed by Sergio Perez (who, unlike his colleague, is looking for his RB19 arrangement), Valtteri Bottas and the Alpine duo, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.
Apart from Sainz’s accident, there were no major surprises, as despite being pushed to the limit by the side passes of the drivers from the barriers that were lurking from end to end, we saw that the participants had an uneventful process.
Continuity in Leadership will be released tomorrow at 13:30 at noon with a third free practice session.
In detail times and of FP2 Position:
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