MONACO GP

 

Qualifying     Grid      Race    

 

Round 6 – Monte Carlo, 24 to 27 May

 

All times UKÖ

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Thu 24th

FP1

1000 to 1130

0945 to 1150

0955 to 1145

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1550

1355 to 1600

Sat 26th

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1215

1055 to 1225

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1540

1255 to 1545

Sun 27th

Race

1310 to 1440-ish

1230 to 1730

1300 to 1730

 

Tyre Allocation for this race:

 

Supersoft / Ultrasoft / Hypersoft

 

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Individual driverís tyre choices:

 

SuperSoft

UltraSoft

HyperSoft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2

2

9

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

1

3

9

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

2

10

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

1

2

10

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

1

1

11

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

1

1

11

Sergio Perez (Force India)

1

2

10

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

1

2

10

Lance Stroll (Williams)

1

1

11

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)

1

1

11

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

1

1

11

Carlos Sainz (Renault)

1

1

11

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

1

2

10

Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)

1

2

10

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

3

9

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

2

2

9

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

2

2

9

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

2

2

9

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

2

1

10

Charles Leclerc (Sauber)

1

2

10

 

 

FP1:

      As usual one cannot hold too much store by the times in free practise, as itís very difficult to ascertain how much fuel they are carrying and how hard they are really pushing, although at Monte Carlo the proximity of the barriers can sometimes be a reasonable indication.One or two drivers clipped barriers as they got used to the confines again.

      Alonso only got 5 laps done before his brakes (Öby wire - thereís no physical connection between the pedal and the rear brakes) played up.He didnít come back out until around ten minutes from the end!

      Magnussen also spent most of the session in the garage, having only completed seven laps.

      Verstappen may get some sort of penalty for reversing out of the St Devote run-off area into oncoming traffic (both Ferraris!. Not safe.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m12.126s

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m13.066s

6

Sainz

Renault

 

7

Bottas

Mercedes

 

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m14.134s

14

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

16

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

17

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m15.206s

20

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m18.801s

 

FP2:

      As before, itís difficult to accurately assess form in free practise, but it does look as though Red Bull have this weekend sawn up.

      Renault not looking too bad, but Sauber and Williams are joined by Haas at the back.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m11.841s

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

6

Bottas

Mercedes

1m12.642s

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

8

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

9

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

10

Sainz

Renault

 

11

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

13

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

16

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

17

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m13.763s

19

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m14.173s

 

FP3:

      The circuit at Monte Carlo is very much a chassis-dependant one and engine power is negated by its very nature, being tight and bendy, or ďmicky-mouseĒ as we used to call it. Because of this it shows us the drivers are generally all pretty much the same and the order is governed by the quality of the chassis. Thus you tend to get a two-by-two order. You also get to see which teams have the best setup – Red Bull have this place pretty much sewn up (see Verstappen below) and the Toro Rosso seems to have a good chassis. The McLaren is nowhere near as good a car as last yearís and the Sauber and Haas are rubbish. Canít make up my mind about the Renault and the Williams!!

      Verstappen: With 9 minutes to go he puts it in the barriers – quelle surprise. On a very fast lap approaching the exit of the swimming pool complex he has to negotiate a slow Renault that was not in his way, but it does seem to have attracted more attention from his very young brain than it should and he messes up the fast inbound right-hander and clouts the barrier at the apex pretty substantially, breaking his right steering arm and rendering directional control a thing of the past. This puts him squarely over the raised kerb on the left-hand apex (which youíre supposed to avoid) launching him helplessly into a straight line directly to the scene of the accident. The barrier destroys the right-front suspension and severely damages the rear right corner, and no doubt the floor and the car and all the associated aero devices on that side. His mechanics are going to have to work wonders to get him out into Q1.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m11.786s

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

6

Bottas

Mercedes

 

7

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

8

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m12.761s

9

Sainz

Renault

 

10

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

11

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

12

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

13

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

15

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

16

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

17

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m13.881s

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m14.231s

 

Q1:

      Red Bull put Verstappenís car back together following his FP3 crash and then found the gearbox had an oil leak and had to be replaced, so he never made it into Q1.Technically he has failed to qualify, but the Stewards have dispensation on application by the driver to allow that driver to start at the back of the grid based on practise performance, so Verstappen will start at the back tomorrow – especially as he will also have a 5-place penalty for the unscheduled gearbox change.

      The order is not so two-by-two as I expected (and was promised by practise times).Leclerc and Sirotkin (especially) did well to get in the top ten, and Gasly has been quick all meeting so far.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m12.013s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

6

Raikkonen

Ferrari

7

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

8

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

9

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

10

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

11

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

12

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

13

Sainz

Renault

 

14

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m13.028s 

15

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m13.065s 

16

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m13.179s 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m13.393s 

20

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

No Time 

 

Q2:

      Except for Ricciardo, times were pretty close through the field. Hulkenberg should have dome better.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m11.278s 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

7

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

8

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

9

Sainz

Renault

1m12.276s

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m12.313s

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m12.411s

12

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

13

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

14

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m12.728s 

 

Q3:

Ricciardo drove the fastest ever recorded lap around the Monte Carlo circuit.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m10.810s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

6

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m12.061s

7

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

8

Sainz

Renault

9

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m12.221s

 

GRID:

As long as there are no overnight penalties the grid should look like thisÖ

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

20

2

Vettel

Ferrari

19

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

18

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

17

5

Bottas

Mercedes

16

6

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

15

7

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

14

8

Sainz

Renault

13

9

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

12

10

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

11

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

10

12

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

9

13

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

8

14

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

7

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

6

16

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

5

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

4

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

3

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

2

20

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

1

 

RACE: 

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

78

20

 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

78

19

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

78

18

 

4

Raikkonen

Ferrari

78

17

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

78

16

 

6

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

78

15

 

7

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

78

14

 

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

78

13

 

9

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

78

12

 

10

Sainz

Renault

78

11

 

11

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

78

10

 

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

78

9

 

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

78

8

 

14

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

77

7

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

77

6

 

16

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

77

5

 

17

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

76

4

18

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

70

3

Accident

19

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

70

2

Damage

20

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

52

1

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