Ferrari quickest in Monaco Practice

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CIRCUIT DE MONACO, MONACO - MAY 20: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21 during the Monaco GP at Circuit de Monaco on Thursday May 20, 2021 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Zak Mauger / LAT Images)

Ferrari offered a bit of a surprise by topping the time sheet on Thursday’s Free Practice sessions.

Red Bull entered the weekend feeling good about their prospects in Monaco but Mercedes and Ferrari both seemed to have very good pace leaving Max Verstappen down in 4th.

The bigger question is if Ferrari is legit in their pace or was there some disparity, such as fuel loads, that found them out front? At first blush one might say that they were on softer tires but the Ferrari’s were setting top times on the harder compounds as well as softs.

  • Ferrari was the team to beat in free practice, with Charles Leclerc edging out his team mate Carlos Sainz in the afternoon FP2 session – the only drivers dipping below the 1m12s barrier ­– while Red Bull’s Sergio Perez topped the time sheets in FP1. They all used the Red soft tire to set their best times, with the softest compound in the range (called ‘C5’) making its 2021 debut at Monaco this weekend.
  • Temperatures were warm and dry all day with track temperatures peaking at 45 degrees centigrade during the afternoon FP2 session. This helped the drivers to maintain tire temperature, although as usual finding a gap in the Monaco traffic was a challenge.
  • The performance gap between the tire compounds is as expected so far: with around 0.8 seconds between the hard and the medium, and a similar gap between the medium and soft.

FP2 Results:

PosNameCarBest TimeGap Leader
1Charles LeclercFerrari1m11.684s
2Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m11.796s+0.112s
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m12.074s+0.39s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1m12.081s+0.397s
5Valtteri BottasMercedes1m12.107s+0.423s
6Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m12.379s+0.695s
7Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1m12.498s+0.814s
8Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda1m12.708s+1.024s
9Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m12.746s+1.062s
10Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m12.982s+1.298s
11Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m13.065s+1.381s
12Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m13.175s+1.491s
13Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m13.195s+1.511s
14Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m13.199s+1.515s
15Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m13.257s+1.573s
16George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1m13.509s+1.825s
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m13.593s+1.909s
18Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1m14.407s+2.723s
19Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m14.416s+2.732s
20Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1m14.829s+3.145s
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