Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel led Free Practice 2 in Monaco ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix and he did so with very little threat from Mercedes as it turns out.
The Silver Arrows were working on nose changes and ran harder compounds after making no dent at the top on Ultra Soft tires leaving many scratching their heads as to what might be the issue.
Some suggested the long wheel-base around the tight streets of Monaco and a weight disadvantage but I tend to think, after leading FP1, that Mercedes may be struggling for pace but only in the sense that they may have been trying out multiple aero trim settings. While usually done in FP1, it is odd, however, to see them swapping aero bits a lot during FP2. I may be wrong here because Mercedes needs to break the 1:12s barrier to have a go at Ferrari. I still think it is in the car, they just need to find the right balance.
Red Bull also ran a T-Wing for the first time this year in FP1 and McLaren’s stand-in for Alonso, Jenson Button managed a respectable 12th.
Results of FP2:
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.207s||0.487s||35|
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.331s||0.611s||41|
|5||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m13.400s||0.680s||43|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.486s||0.766s||36|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.799s||1.079s||45|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.093s||1.373s||47|