Leclerc quickest in Monaco as Ricciardo crashes

Might 27, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in motion throughout apply REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

MONACO: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc set the tempo in apply for his dwelling Monaco Grand Prix on Friday whereas former winner Daniel Ricciardo crashed his McLaren in a nightmare begin to the Australian’s weekend.

Leclerc led workforce mate Carlos Sainz in a one-two within the second session, lapping the unforgiving avenue circuit with a quickest lap of 1 minute 12.656 seconds on a scorching and sunny afternoon.

He was 0.044 faster than the Spaniard, with the native favorite additionally quickest in a crash-free first apply with a time of 1:14.531.

Crimson Bull’s System One championship chief Max Verstappen was fourth in each classes, with workforce mate Sergio Perez second and third.

Leclerc, 24, took pole place for the race final yr however was unable to begin because of a driveshaft drawback, with Verstappen occurring to win.

The Monegasque is six factors behind Verstappen after retiring from final weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix however hoping to take again the lead on Sunday and change into the primary driver from the principality to attain factors at dwelling since Louis Chiron completed third in 1950.

Lando Norris was fifth in each classes for McLaren, after resting this week to recuperate from tonsillitis.

Crimson Flags

Ricciardo, winner with Crimson Bull in 2018, did not set a time within the second after crashing into the obstacles on the Swimming Pool chicane and bringing out the purple flags with 45 minutes remaining.

He was already underneath stress after McLaren boss Zak Brown mentioned the Australian, who gained at Monza final yr, was not usually assembly the workforce’s expectations.

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George Russell was the quickest Mercedes driver in sixth place within the second session, with seven occasions world champion Lewis Hamilton tenth and twelfth and testing a spread of settings to tame his bouncing automotive.

“It is so bouncy out right here, man I’m dropping my thoughts,” mentioned the Briton in the course of the opening stint.

“I would like elbow pads on this cockpit it is bouncing a lot.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had warned earlier within the week that the seventh race of the 22-round season may very well be a tough one for his workforce.

“Monaco hasn’t all the time been our happiest monitor, and slow-speed corners have not been our power this season as we noticed in Barcelona,” he mentioned, referring to the earlier race in Spain final weekend.

Mick Schumacher stopped his Haas on monitor with a gearbox drawback within the first session however returned for the second as did Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, who failed to finish a lap earlier because of technical issues.