Monaco, FP2: Leclerc leads Ferrari one-two in second practice

Hamilton 3rd, Verstappen 4th


By Olivier Ferret

20 May 2021 - 16:08
Monaco, FP2:  Leclerc leads Ferrari (...)

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc set the pace on home soil in the second practice session for Sunday’s 2021 FIA Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, with the Monegasque driver a tenth of a second ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz and almost four tenths faster than third-place Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Leclerc had missed most of the morning session with a gearbox problem and seeking to make up for lost time the local hero was one of the first on track in the afternoon session and in the opening phase of the session he was frequently at the top of the timesheet as he quickly built up pace.

He was ousted, though, by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who took top spot with lap of 1:13.961. The Dutchman then lowered his own benchmark to 1:13.499. Hamilton then set an identical laptime to take P2 by virtue of having set the time later after Verstappen.

Verstappen then went quicker again reaching 1:13.241, despite being hampered by traffic in the sector.

Hamilton then dipped into 1m12s bracket and a second flying lap saw him improve to 1:12.569.

The Mercedes drivers then moved to soft tyres and Valtteri Bottas jumped to the top of the order with a lap of 1:12.107. Hamilton looked on course to eclipse that but he lost time when he took too much kerb at the Nouvelle Chicane. The mistake meant he took P2 behind Bottas, 0.173s adrift.

Sainz then posted what looked to be the fastest time of FP2 with a lap of 1:11.796, especially when Hamilton, who had continued his run, set what would end up being only the session’s third fastest time.

However, just inside the final 20 minutes, Leclerc set the session’s fastest time with a lap 1:11.684, 0.112 clear of Sainz and 0.390s in front of Hamilton.

Verstappen had to settle for fourth ahead of Bottas after the Dutch driver encountered traffic at the end of his first flying lap.

The session was red-flagged a few minutes from time when Haas’s Mick Schumacher crashed Haas at Massenet. He was able to keep going but eventually had to pull over and stop at an escape road beyond the chicane.

01 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF21 1:11.684 30
02 Carlos Sainz Ferrari SF21 1:11.796 32
03 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W12 1:12.074 28
04 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:12.081 27
05 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W12 1:12.107 32
06 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:12.379 24
07 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:12.498 28
08 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:12.708 24
09 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:12.746 28
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:12.982 26
11 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:13.065 31
12 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A521 1:13.175 27
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:13.195 26
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A521 1:13.199 28
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:13.257 26
16 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:13.509 32
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:13.593 31
18 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:14.407 26
19 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:14.416 25
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:14.829 11

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