Monaco GP: Charles Leclerc seals Monaco practice double as Ferrari dominates Red Bull

Charles Leclerc beat his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz in practice 2; Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen unable to match the speed; Lewis Hamilton continues to struggle; Watch the third practice session live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm on Saturday, with qualifying from 2pm

Last update: 05/27/22 5:23 p.m.

Charles Leclerc dominated both Friday practice sessions in Monaco

Charles Leclerc sealed a test double at the Monaco GP on Friday as a Ferrari one-two in the second session of the day seemed to give them a leg up on Red Bull.

After looking closely tied with Red Bull in the opening session, Ferrari parted ways with their title rivals in P2, as Leclerc trailed team-mate Carlos Sainz by less than half a tenth.

Sergio Perez beat world championship leader Max Verstappen to third place, with the two Red Bulls three or four tenths behind Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton endured a nightmarish day as the seven-time world champion failed to capitalize on the progress he made in last weekend’s Spanish GP as he finished 12th, almost a full second behind his team-mate Mercedes George Russell, sixth behind the impressive McLaren of Lando Norris.

Daniel Ricciardo lost control of his McLaren and crashed into the barriers during practice 2 of the Monaco Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo lost control of his McLaren and crashed into the barriers during practice 2 of the Monaco Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo lost control of his McLaren and crashed into the barriers during practice 2 of the Monaco Grand Prix

It wasn’t all good news for McLaren, with a heavy crash from Daniel Ricciardo in the Pool section ending his session after just 15 minutes and triggering a red flag that caused a brief delay.

Ricciardo’s incident seemed somewhat inevitable, as almost all of the drivers struggled to handle the new, bigger 2022 cars in the famous narrow streets of Monte Carlo for the first time.

Several drivers had to use the run-off zone at the first corner, Sainte Devote, Sebastian Vettel nearly crashed in the pool moments before the Ricciardo incident, while Norris and Russell reported contact with the barrier, with which they seemed to get away with it. .

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Monaco GP Timesheet

Driver Crew Time
1) Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:12.656
2) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.044
3) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.379
4) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.447
5) Lando Norris McLaren +0.638
6) George Russell mercedes +0.750
7) Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri +0.980
8) Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.256
9) Sebastien Vettel Aston Martin +1.403
10) Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri +1.478
11) Kevin Magnussen Haas +1.583
12) Lewis Hamilton mercedes +1.611
13) Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1.812
14) Alexander Albon williams +1.830
15) Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +1.869
16) Start the Walk Aston Martin +1.967
17) Mick Schumacher Haas +2.238
18) Esteban Ocon Alpine +2.560
19) Nicholas Latifi williams +3.620
20) Daniel Ricardo McLaren no time

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