Ricciardo tops FP2 in Monaco

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While Ferrari seemed to struggle with the rear end of their car on the Ultra-Soft tires and Sebastian Vettel cozied up to a couple of Armco barriers at Mirabeau and Ste Devote.

This is the first race that features the Ultra-soft tire and Ricciardo set a blistering pace followed by Lewis Hamilton who seemed to be on top of his game in both practice session today.

Perhaps it is worth noting that the self-professed 3rd best chassis on the grid didn’t manage better than 10th place for McLaren.

PosDriverCarTimeGapLaps
1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m14.607s40
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m15.213s0.606s36
3Nico RosbergMercedes1m15.506s0.899s48
4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m15.571s0.964s42
5Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari1m15.815s1.208s53
6Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m15.981s1.374s54
7Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m16.040s1.433s38
8Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m16.120s1.513s48
9Sebastian VettelFerrari1m16.269s1.662s40
10Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m16.325s1.718s46
11Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m16.487s1.880s49
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m16.723s2.116s43
13Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m16.782s2.175s40
14Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m16.849s2.242s47
15Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m16.874s2.267s23
16Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m17.286s2.679s42
17Kevin MagnussenRenault1m17.530s2.923s29
18Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m17.562s2.955s39
19Jolyon PalmerRenault1m17.761s3.154s24
20Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m17.999s3.392s49
21Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1m18.647s4.040s10
22Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m18.814s4.207s46

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Dr T

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!

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Dr T

Post of the week right there Todd…

Negative Camber
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LOL…so, kind of like those Aussies huh? Me too and I’m not even Australian mate.

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Dr T

Not that I’m a proud Australian… from Perth…

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jiji the cat

Oi Oi Oi !

mini696
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Yeah buddy!!

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jakobusvdl

He’s obviously fired up, must be feeling bitter about the way the team robbed him of a win in Barcelona in favour of tempestuous teen Max Points.

MIE
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Ricciardo set his time on the fifth lap of a ten lap run, the two Mercedes drivers set theirs on the fourth or fifth laps, but of shorter runs. So it isn’t like he was going for a low fuel glory time.
If these tyres take several laps to bring in, then qualifying could be very busy.

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Hmm, good point about the tyres. I imagine there’ll be many sub-optimal runs due to traffic.

I really doubt though that we’ve seen the true speed of the Mercedes yet. In a season where the pole times from previous years are being smashed due to car development and especially the availability of softer compounds, Merc still hasn’t put in a lap quicker than 2015. It should be different once they ditch the sandbags.

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Well … not bad for a number one driver :)

jakobusvdl
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You called that right Dave, getting the tyres in their operating window (and keeping them there) proved to be very important to the outcomes of qualifying.
But not for the Honey Badger, they lad is on fire!