Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in the second practice session for this weekend Monaco Grand Prix. The Australian set his fastest time on the hypersoft tyres to go nearly two tenths faster than his teammate Max Verstappen.
Red Bull was expected to be really strong this weekend around Monte Carlo, looking good on both single lap and long run pace. Ricciardo was over half a second faster than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Verstappen set his time while the drivers struggled to find space, following a fifteen red flag because of a loose drain cover. Verstappen was first back out on the hypersofts when he set his fastest lap.
Sebastian Vettel was third fastest with the Ferrari driver being half a second off his former teammates time. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for fifth, following a big slide on the exit of the Swimming Pool.
Vettel’s main championship rival Lewis Hamilton was a further tenth behind in fourth place. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas was sixth, nine hundredths off Raikkonen, but he appeared to have aborted his fastest lap.
On his long runs, Hamilton appeared to struggle with his tyres as he reached the end of the long run. The four times champion complaining of both understeer and oversteer.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest after he set his fastest time on the hypersofts. That put the German three hundredths faster than the Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso. The McLaren duo setting there fastest times later than most.
Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten, with the Spaniard being one second off the pace and narrowly ahead of Brendon Hartley. The New Zealander was just two thousandths off the Renault, after surviving a brush with the wall on his long run.
Hartley’s time was the first to be set on the hypersofts, putting him ahead of both the Force India’s. His teammate Pierre Gasly splitting both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.
Williams’s dismal season continued as Sergey Sirotkin only managed fifteenth and his teammate Lance Stroll was nineteenth. Charles Leclerc was seventeenth in the Sauber.