local hero Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in Monaco as Hamilton takes third place – fr

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local hero Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in Monaco as Hamilton takes third place – fr


Charles Leclerc has never reached Q3 in his home race before. But the Monegasque seems in a good position to do it this weekend judging by his performance in Free Practice 2 for the Monaco Grand Prix, as he led his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz by a tenth off the timesheets, like Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. took third place.
It had seemed for a long time that Sainz would finish the session as the fastest driver, before a late effort in the qualifying simulations saw Leclerc take the P1 spot – a good answer after gearbox issues l ‘ ruled out for most of the morning session, as he finished 0.112s ahead of Sainz, which was a fantastic result for the Scuderia.

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Sainz said Wednesday in Monaco that this weekend would be a good indicator of his level of confidence in the Ferrari SF21. And on the proof of free practice 2, he looks very confident indeed, following his P2 in FP1 with the same position in FP2, ahead of Hamilton by 0.278s, the Ferraris being the only two cars in 1m 11 around the Principality so far. .

Hamilton was narrowly ahead of Red Bull from main title rival Max Verstappen, who complained about understeer during the session, as Valtteri Bottas’ second Mercedes claimed the P5, 0.423 seconds off Leclerc’s pace – who carried a Louis Chiron tribute helmet, commemorating his Monegasque compatriot.

Lando Norris also has a special helmet for this weekend and used it to take the P6 in the McLaren MCL35M in Gulf colors, while Pierre Gasly took seventh place for AlphaTauri. Sergio Perez had seemed extremely confident in the first middle points of his Red Bull RB16B, but could not chain a lap on the softs which were good enough for higher than P8, the Mexican narrowly ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo, who to take a first tour on the softs before the traffic increases.

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Two-time Monaco winner Sebastian Vettel retained his place in the top 10 this morning, following his FP1 P8 with P10 this time around – although the German was slowed down by an eye problem at the middle of the session.

He finished ahead of a brace from other Monaco winners, Kimi Raikkonen taking 11th place for Alfa Romeo while Fernando Alonso taking 12th. Lance Stroll finished 13th in the second Aston Martin, ahead of Esteban Ocon, while Daniel Ricciardo continued to struggle in the McLaren MCL35M, the Australian taking 15th, after being slowed down by former teammate Vettel on his lap on faster.

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George Russell of Williams, 16th, led teammate Nicholas Latifi in the team’s 750th Grand Prix, Latifi overcoming a hairpin understeer moment to take 17th place. Haas’ Nikita Mazepin finished ahead of Mick Schumacher for the second session in a row, with Schumacher dabbing his notebook with a late influence into the wall at Massenet, bringing out a red flag that cut the session short.

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He wasn’t the only rookie to sway the walls in the meantime, with Yuki Tsunoda forced to miss much of the session after hitting the barriers at the exit of the pool, with the Japanese rider finishing 20th.

So after the first day of racing it was Ferrari who came out of nowhere to lead the pack. But with a full day to analyze the data on Friday, will they retain that advantage in qualifying on Saturday?

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