Monaco, FP2: Verstappen leads FP2 in Monaco ahead of Leclerc
Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen topped the second practice session for this Sunday’s 2023 FIA Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by just under seven hundredths of a second. Third place went to Leclerc’s team-mate Carlos Sainz but the Spanish driver crashed in the final part of the session, bringing out the red flags.
In the early stages of the second hour of practice it was Verstappen who led the way with the Red Bull driver taking P1 thanks to a lap of 1:13.985. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton briefly supplanted the title leader by the slimmest of margins before the Dutchman resumed control with a time of 1:13.857.
Verstappen improved again to lower the benchmark to 1:13.312 as the early running on medium compound Pirelli tyres came to an end.
When the field began to move to soft tyres it was Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso who made the first major move. The two-time champion jumped ahead of Verstappen with a lap of 1:12.786, which stood as the best time of the session for more than 10 minutes before Sainz made his soft-tyre leap with a lap of 1:12.569.
Verstappen slotted into third with his first effort on soft tyres, but then moved ahead with his next run of 1:12.462.
Leclerc then jumped to P2, marginally ahead of his Ferrari team-mate but that brought an end to significant improvements as Sainz then brought out the red flags. The Spanish driver clipped the barrier on the inside as he went to exit the Swimming Pool section.
The contact broke a suspension arm on the front right of his car and he slid into the barriers at the exit, causing further damage to the right side of his Ferrari.
Once his car and the debris had been cleared running resumed with 12 minutes left on the clock but there were few improvements.
Verstappen therefore took top spot ahead of the Ferrari duo, with Alonso fourth fastest ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. Hamilton finished sixth for Mercedes, while Sergio Perez was seventh in the second Red Bull RB19. Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas ended the session in P8 ahead of the Alpines Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.
|01||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19||1:12.462||30|
|02||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SF-23||1:12.527||33|
|03||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari SF-23||1:12.569||22|
|04||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23||1:12.682||32|
|05||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL60||1:12.906||18|
|06||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W14||1:12.960||29|
|07||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull Honda RBPT RB19||1:12.991||30|
|08||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43||1:13.050||33|
|09||Pierre Gasly||Alpine Renault A523||1:13.089||28|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A523||1:13.162||30|
|11||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR23||1:13.185||31|
|12||George Russell||Mercedes W14||1:13.191||32|
|13||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C43||1:13.354||32|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-23||1:13.457||28|
|15||Nico Hülkenberg||Haas Ferrari VF-23||1:13.520||33|
|16||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04||1:13.641||22|
|17||Nyck de Vries||AlphaTauri Honda RBPT AT04||1:13.663||34|
|18||Oscar Piastri||McLaren Mercedes MCL60||1:13.673||30|
|19||Alex Albon||Williams Mercedes FW45||1:14.217||10|
|20||Logan Sargeant||Williams Mercedes FW45||1:14.238||33|