While the other teams struggled with graining tires, Mercedes hinted at a possible tire-warming concern but were very hooked up for both practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

Mercedes certainly looks like the team to beat in the principality with Ferrari the closest but Max Verstappen’s Red Bull looking like a possible trouble-maker as well. Ferrari struggled with tires, grip and the issues that have plagued for the last five races.

Max was quick but sat out for a large chunk of the FP2 session with a damaged cooling system. His teammate, Pierre Gasly had a good run in FP2 up to 4th quickest while their sister car, the Toro Rosso, did a fantastic job in the hands of Alex Albon running 5th quickest in FP2.

Both Alfa Romeo’s ran in the top ten and Haas F1—having recovered from a complete IT crash that forced the team to ask the FIA to black-flag both their drivers as they lost all communication with them—managed to run 7th quickest in the hands of Kevin Magnussen.

FP1

POS DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.106s 47
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m12.165s 0.059s 35
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.178s 0.072s 43
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.467s 0.361s 25
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.823s 0.717s 36
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m13.170s 1.064s 41
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.227s 1.121s 45
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.232s 1.126s 24
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m13.363s 1.257s 39
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.379s 1.273s 23
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m13.413s 1.307s 41
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m13.437s 1.331s 39
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.731s 1.625s 40
14 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.827s 1.721s 45
15 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m14.278s 2.172s 39
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m14.566s 2.460s 40
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m15.115s 3.009s 40
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m15.514s 3.408s 24
19 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m16.135s 4.029s 37
20 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 2m00.670s 48.564s 4

 

FP2

POS DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.118s 41
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m11.199s 0.081s 48
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.881s 0.763s 42
4 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m11.938s 0.820s 39
5 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.031s 0.913s 51
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m12.052s 0.934s 17
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m12.174s 1.056s 54
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.239s 1.121s 51
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.342s 1.224s 51
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.350s 1.232s 42
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.392s 1.274s 51
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m12.393s 1.275s 27
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m12.419s 1.301s 47
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.577s 1.459s 39
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m12.752s 1.634s 44
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.872s 1.754s 49
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m12.888s 1.770s 53
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m14.558s 3.440s 40
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m15.052s 3.934s 37
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m15.146s 4.028s 45

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Really struggling to keep some sort of enthusiasm for this season. There better be some rain during Quali to mix things up or I might not even watch the race.