Hamilton dominant, Gasly in the garage

Hamilton dominant, Gasly in the garage

Under a few drops of rain, Lewis Hamilton won the first free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, which was generally successful for Mercedes and McLaren. Pierre Gasly, victim of a hydraulic problem on his Alpine, only completed ten laps.

The sun was not out this Friday in Monaco for the first free practice session. A few drops of rain even fell and this could be the case throughout the weekend. This did not prevent Lewis Hamilton from setting the best time of this session, in 1’12″169, on soft tires. There were more than twenty changes of leaders during these first tests, whether on hard, medium or soft tires, and in the last ten minutes, the Mercedes driver placed his name at the top of the leaderboard. timesheet, and no one was able to dislodge him.

Author of 35 laps, the Briton was ahead of Oscar Piastri (McLaren) by 29 thousandths, his teammate and compatriot George Russell by 126, and the third Briton in the paddock, Lando Norris (McLaren) by 227. The McLarens, who gave up their blue and orange colors for green, yellow and blue in homage to Ayrton Senna, and the Mercedes, started in the best way this weekend, to see if this is confirmed.

Zhou causes red flag

The man with seven pole positions in seven Grands Prix, Max Verstappen, was content with eleventh place, 815 thousandths behind Lewis Hamilton, while the regional of the stage Charles Leclerc, often cursed in the Principality (two retirements, a withdrawal, no podium), set the fifth time on his Ferrari. As is often the case in Monaco where the track is narrow and the drivers brush against the rails, a red flag had to be displayed during the session. In his Sauber, Guanyu Zhou hit the barriers in turn 1, leaving debris on the track.

Charles Leclerc, who arrived just behind, drove over, and the marshals stopped this session for five minutes, the time to clean the track. No other major incident was reported. But it was still grimacing on the Alpine side, where Pierre Gasly was only able to complete ten laps before returning to the pits, due to a hydraulic problem. His friend Esteban Ocon was able to drive 33 laps, but did not do much better, finishing 18th, almost two seconds behind Hamilton. The second session will begin at 5:00 p.m.

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