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FP2: Leclerc dominates second practice in Monaco

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc displayed an eye-watering performance in the second practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second for Mercedes in the Principality. F1Technical’s senior writer Balázs Szabó reports on Free Practice 2.

Having run over a debris that flew off Zhou Guanyu’s Kick Sauber, Charles Leclerc was unable to display his true potential in the opening practice session. However, the Monegasque put it together in the second one-hour practice to dominate the session with a benchmark time of 1m11.278.

With a late push lap, Lewis Hamilton appeared to be quick once again following his strong showing in the first practice. The Briton finished FP2 in second spot while his team-mate George Russell could not get himself higher up than tenth.

Fernando Alonso continued to impress with a P3, beating the reigning champion Max Verstappen and the Miami race winner Lando Norris. The Dutchman complained about severe bouncing during the session, and he went as far as to claim that he got headaches from the huge bumps.

Ferrari’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz clearly did not enjoy his first day behind the wheel of the SF-24 as he was unable to match the eye-catching lap times of Leclerc. The Madrid-born ended up sixth, almost seven tenths of a second off Leclerc’s benchmark time.

Oscar Piastri excelled in Imola just a few days ago, but he only finished in P12 in Free Practice 2 in Monaco. However, he does not need to panic as his runs were restricted to the hard and the medium compounds, indicating that there is much more to come from the Australian.

Alpine had a much more encouraging session after their woes in the opening session. Esteban Ocon took 14th while his team-mate Pierre Gasly finished three placed further down the order.

The Kick Saubers of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu brought up the rear of the field with both drivers struggling for outright pace on the narrow streets of the Principality.

Results

Pos. No. Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:11.278 36
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:11.466 +0.188s 31
3 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:11.753 +0.475s 36
4 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda Rbpt 1:11.813 +0.535s 36
5 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Mercedes 1:11.953 +0.675s 34
6 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:11.962 +0.684s 35
7 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:12.062 +0.784s 22
8 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda Rbpt 1:12.099 +0.821s 30
9 23 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes 1:12.257 +0.979s 37
10 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:12.260 +0.982s 29
11 22 Yuki Tsunoda Rb Honda Rbpt 1:12.349 +1.071s 35
12 81 Oscar Piastri Mclaren Mercedes 1:12.366 +1.088s 34
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:12.473 +1.195s 30
14 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:12.554 +1.276s 33
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari 1:12.569 +1.291s 33
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo Rb Honda Rbpt 1:12.577 +1.299s 36
17 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault 1:12.750 +1.472s 34
18 2 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes 1:12.790 +1.512s 35
19 77 Valtteri Bottas Kick Sauber Ferrari 1:13.057 +1.779s 30
20 24 Zhou Guanyu Kick Sauber Ferrari 1:13.773 +2.495s 31




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