Monaco GP: Leclerc, at home

Monaco GP: Leclerc, at home

Charles Leclerc, on his home turf, was the fastest during the 2nd free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix. The Monegasque beat Lewis Hamilton, best time earlier in the day in the first free practice session. Max Verstappen ranks 4th, the Alpine of Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly finish far from the best (14th and 17th).

Charles Leclerc at home. At home, the Monegasque driver from the Ferrari team set the best lap in the 2nd free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Very comfortable – very good news for Leclerc and the Scuderia in view of Sunday’s race – Leclerc outstripped eight-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who had dominated a little more early in the day the first free practice session.

With an excellent time of 1’11”278, better than the one which allowed Verstappen to take pole last year, the local of the stage on the occasion of this 8th round of the season beat Hamilton by a little less than two tenths, while the experienced Fernando Alonso, at the wheel of his Aston Martin, completes the podium of these EL2 almost five tenths from Leclerc. Having already missed the first time taken, Max Verstappen had to settle for 4th place (more than half a second) ahead of Lando Norris (McLaren), who had played a nasty trick on him in Miami and was all close to depriving the three-time Dutch world champion of another victory, last weekend at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Alpines at the bottom of the rankings

Carlos Sainz, Leclerc’s teammate within the Scuderia, ranks at the foot of the Top 5 (6th), just ahead of Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Sergio Perez (8th), who confirmed Red Bull’s difficulties during this first day, Alexander Albon (Williams) and the Mercedes of George Russell. Oscar Piastri (McLaren), one of the men in form in recent weeks, finished two places lower (12th). As for the Alpine, they finished far from the best. Esteban Ocon, the highest ranked of the two French people in the team, set the 14th time, while Pierre Gasly ranked 17th. Only Logan Sergeant (Williams), Valtteri Bottas (Kick Sauber) and Guanyu Zhou (Kick Sauber) lapped slower on Friday during this second free practice session. The third will take place on Saturday morning, before qualifying, scheduled for the afternoon.

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