Monaco, FP2: Mercedes open the gap in second practice

Hamilton and Mercedes flex their muscles


By Olivier Ferret

23 May 2019 - 16:41
Monaco, FP2: Mercedes open the gap (...)

Mercedes powered away from its rivals in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton setting a time of 1:11.118 to top the timesheet 0.081s ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Silver Arrows’ closes rival in the session was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished more than seventh tenths of a second behind Hamilton.

Hamilton and Bottas set the early pace in the session, using medium compound Pirelli tyres, but were dislodged when Vettel bolted on a set of softs for his performance runs.

The German was only four hundredths of a second quicker than Hamilton’s medium-tyre benchmark and when the Mercedes duo move to the soft compound they swiftly regained the upper hand. First, Bottas took top spot with an opening run of 1:11.597. He and Hamilton then traded times until the championship leader eventually moved a narrow eight hundredths of a second clear with a lap Bottas had no answer to. Hamilton’s time left Vettel 0.763s down.

After seeing team-mate Max Verstappen run more a second clear of his best time in FP1, Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly has a much better afternoon session and took fourth place, less than a tenth behind Vettel. Verstappen fared less well and spent a large part of the session in the garage as his team investigated a suspected water leak. He ended up in P6 after rejoining the action late in the session.

It was a good outing for Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon, too. The Thai driver, who was on pole for the F2 feature race here last year, took fifth place in the second session of his first F1 weekend in Monaco with a lap of 1:12.031.

Kevin Magnussen was seventh Haas, ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.

The top ten order was rounded out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque driver ended the 90 minutes some 1.2s off the pace after complaining of brake issues during the session.

01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W10 1:11.118 41
02 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W10 1:11.199 48
03 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF90 1:11.881 42
04 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Honda RB15 1:11.938 39
05 Alex Albon Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:12.031 51
06 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB15 1:12.052 17
07 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:12.174 54
08 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:12.239 51
09 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:12.342 51
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF90 1:12.350 42
11 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:12.392 51
12 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL34 1:12.393 27
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL34 1:12.419 47
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:12.577 39
15 Sergio Pérez Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:12.752 44
16 Nico Hülkenberg Renault RS19 1:12.872 49
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS19 1:12.888 53
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:14.558 40
19 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW42 1:15.052 37
20 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes FW42 1:15.146 45

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