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GP Monaco, commenti post gara–26/05/2019

Alfa Romeo, una Monte Carlo da dimenticare

Domenica nerissima in casa Alfa Romeo. Tra contatti e penalizzazioni, il GP Monaco di Kimi Raikkonen e Antonio Giovinazzi è stato un incubo, con i due piloti che hanno chiuso addirittura 17° e 19°, ossia terz’ultimo e ultimo tra i piloti giunti alla bandiera a scacchi.

Il finlandese, protagonista di un contatto nel primo giro al Loews e poi di un altro scontro con Lance Stroll sempre nella stessa zona, prende il risultato di oggi con filosofia: “Anche se ho avuto un danno all’ala anteriore, alcuni problemi prima e dopo la sosta e anche se sono stato colpito da Stroll, nessuna di queste cose ha avuto impatto sulla nostra posizione finale. Una volta che sei dietro a una macchina sei bloccato lì, a meno che non abbia un grosso problema. Abbiamo provato qualcosa di diverso con la strategia, non aveva senso copiare gli altri, ma alla fine non ha funzionato. Solo la pioggia avrebbe potuto darci una possibilità, ma non è arrivata”.

Riguardo ai problemi accusati oggi, Raikkonen ha aggiunto: “Non sappiamo quale fosse il problema con il differenziale, ma sono quasi andato a muro alcune volte perché in uscita di curva girava solo una ruota. Era una cosa un po’ pazza, non siamo riusciti a vedere quale fosse il problema ma era un po’ strano“.

Da Formulapassion.it

GP Monaco, gara–26/05/2016

Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton escapes contact with Verstappen to win

Lewis Hamilton survived late contact with Max Verstappen to win Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, as an incident in the pitlane with Valtteri Bottas ultimately cost Verstappen second place.

Hamilton resisted more than 60 laps of pressure from Verstappen to hold on to victory despite having to manage softer tyres than his pursuers.

As Verstappen was not able to get past the Mercedes and edge clear – despite a late dive at the chicane two laps from the end – he fell from second to fourth at the flag because of a five-second time penalty.

Verstappen picked that up for an unsafe release in the pits that had got him ahead of the second Mercedes of Bottas, who he made light contact with and forced into the wall.

Verstappen therefore fell behind both Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Bottas, who completed the podium despite needing to make a second pitstop under the safety car after his brush with the wall caused a puncture.

Poleman Hamilton retained his advantage at the start ahead of Bottas, despite Verstappen having a look inside Bottas at Ste Devote on the first lap.

The leaders held station for the opening stint, which was cut short by a safety car after Charles Leclerc – who started 15th following Ferrari’s qualifying blunder – littered the track with debris from a dramatic puncture.

Leclerc hit the inside wall at Rascasse and half-spun after trying to pass Nico Hulkenberg for 11th.

He tried to continue but picked up a puncture and scattered a large amount of debris as the rubber fell apart around the rest of the lap.

Mercedes opted to pit both its cars under the caution and Bottas dropped back behind Hamilton under the safety car to try to create enough of a gap to avoid losing time.

When they stopped Verstappen was released just as Bottas was coming past, and though Verstappen was a nose ahead a small amount of contact forced Bottas to kiss the wall on the right-hand side.

The incident damaged Bottas’s wheel rim and caused a slow puncture, but with the safety car still deployed he only dropped behind Vettel to fourth – and eventually Verstappen was awarded a five-second penalty for the unsafe release.

Once the race resumed, Verstappen hounded Hamilton constantly, but only got close enough to really start attacking the five-time world champion in the final 10 laps.

He had a brief look to the outside of the hairpin with eight laps left but was not close enough on the exit of Portier to get a proper run at Hamilton into the chicane.

On lap 76 of 78 he lunged Hamilton into the chicane, but Hamilton moved across. Verstappen locked up and they made minor wheel-to-wheel contact – Verstappen’s right-front to Hamilton’s left-rear – and Hamilton took to the escape road, but both continued without damage.

Hamilton’s win extended his championship lead over Bottas to 17 points.

Vettel and Bottas were slightly adrift of the leaders across the line but within five seconds, crucially enough to consign Verstappen to fourth.

Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly finished in fifth, his best result since his move to the senior team, and earned fastest lap after building enough of a gap to make a late, free pitstop for fresh soft tyres.

Behind, Carlos Sainz Jr earned his best result for McLaren in sixth place after opting not to pit under the early safety car.

That strategy was replicated by Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon, who used it to great effect to finish seventh and eighth for Toro Rosso.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth, the lead midfield runner who did pit under the safety car.

Romain Grosjean, who opted for the same strategy as Sainz/Kvyat/Albon, completed the points scorers for Haas.

Leclerc was the only retirement from the grand prix after initially endeavouring to continue following his early setback but soon parking his battered Ferrari in the pits.

There was a separate Rascasse incident shortly after the safety car, when Antonio Giovinazzi hit Robert Kubica and spun the Williams.

The track was briefly blocked, holding up a few cars, but Kubica was able to reverse and get out of the way quickly – preventing anything worse than localised yellow flags.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 1h43m28.437s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 2.602s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 78 3.162s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 78 5.537s
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 78 9.946s
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 78 53.454s
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 78 54.574s
8 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 78 55.200s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 78 1m00.894s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 78 1m01.034s
11 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 78 1m06.801s
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 77 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 77 1 Lap
15 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 77 1 Lap
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 76 2 Laps
Charles Leclerc Ferrari 16 Accident damage

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 137
2 Valtteri Bottas 120
3 Sebastian Vettel 82
4 Max Verstappen 78
5 Charles Leclerc 57
6 Pierre Gasly 32
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. 18
8 Kevin Magnussen 14
9 Sergio Perez 13
10 Kimi Raikkonen 13
11 Lando Norris 12
12 Daniil Kvyat 9
13 Daniel Ricciardo 8
14 Alexander Albon 7
15 Nico Hulkenberg 6
16 Lance Stroll 4
17 Romain Grosjean 2
18 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
19 George Russell 0
20 Robert Kubica 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 257
2 Ferrari 139
3 Red Bull/Honda 110
4 McLaren/Renault 30
5 Racing Point/Mercedes 17
6 Haas/Ferrari 16
7 Toro Rosso/Honda 16
8 Renault 14
9 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 13
10 Williams/Mercedes 0

Da Autosport.com


Kimi Raikkonen wouldn’t still be in F1 if he hadn’t had WRC break

Kimi Raikkonen is certain he would not still be racing in Formula 1 had he not taken two years out to compete in rallying.

The Alfa Romeo driver is contesting his 300th grand prix weekend in Monaco, although it will only be his 297th start.

He did not take the start of the 2001 Belgian GP, the infamous 2005 United States GP or the 2017 Malaysian GP.

At the end of the 2009 season, he switched to the World Rally Championship with Citroen for what turned out to be a two-year stint before he was brought back onto the F1 grid by Lotus in 2012.

Asked by Autosport if he feels proud to still be in F1 18 years after his debut, Raikkonen said: "It doesn’t feel that long honestly, after two years out.

"To be sure without that I wouldn’t be here today.

"Somehow maybe that made it not feel as long having a bit more of a normal time [in F1].

"I think afterwards, whenever I stop and look back, then maybe it makes a bit more sense and feels different.

"But for now it doesn’t really feel that it’s been that long. It’s just racing."

After losing his Ferrari seat for 2019, Raikkonen signed a two-year deal to return to Sauber (now Alfa).

That takes him to the end of the current F1 rules cycle, but the 2007 world champion says he has not thought about whether he wants to stick around for the championship’s major 2021 rules overhaul.

"I have no idea," he said. "I have a contract for next year, but after that who knows.

"We will have to see how things go and if I am interested."

Asked if the nature of the 2021 rules would affect his decision, Raikkonen said: "No, because in the end when you make a big rule change you never know.

"Generally the big teams are still there because they had the resources to try lots of different things and figure out the best way to do it.

"It would be nicer if everyone got a lot closer, for the sport and the drivers, because it is very unknown."

If he completes the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Raikkonen will hold the record for most number of grand prix starts.

He says that will give him "zero pleasure" because "I am not here to say I have the most grands prix".

He joked that ahead of his 300th grand prix he has "already told the team it’s purely a number" and did not want any celebrations.

"I tried to force them to cancel everything," said Raikkonen. "But [to] not very good success!"

Da Autosport.com

GP Monaco, prove del sabato–25/05/2019

Monaco GP qualifying: Hamilton pips Bottas, Leclerc out in Q1

Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the final seconds of qualifying, while Charles Leclerc went out in Q1.

Bottas had an advantage of 0.231 seconds over Hamilton after the first runs in Q3 but was unable to improve on his second set of Pirelli softs.

Hamilton then put in a lap of 1m10.166s to outpace Bottas by 0.086s, with the championship leader’s stunning pace through the first sector crucial to his advantage.

Bottas held on to second place as Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was also unable to improve and stayed in third place, 0.475s down.

Ferrari ended up fourth with Sebastian Vettel and Leclerc in 16th after a torrid session.

Leclerc completed just one Q1 run and ultimately failed to make the top 15 by 0.052s despite being only 0.715s off the pace in the session.

He was not sent back out at the end even though he had picked up a flatspot on his soft Pirellis during his first run as Ferrari felt he was safe.

Leclerc also initially missed the weighbridge when he returned after his run, although he was pushed back by the Ferrari team before entering the garage.

He confirmed he had enough fuel and time to have completed a second run even after this delay.

While Leclerc sat in the garage, a string of drivers made late improvements and shuffled him down the order – culminating in one Ferrari being effectively knocked out by the other.

Vettel had not set a strong enough time on his first run having abandoned the final quick lap on his first run after kissing the wall at the exit of the first left/right at Swimming Pool.

This meant he was among those at risk of elimination before improving on the only fast lap he had time for on his second set of tyres. That lap put Vettel to first in Q1, but sealed Leclerc’s elimination.

In Q3, Vettel made a promising start to his last lap and looked set to improve, but kissed the wall at the exit of the Tabac right-hander and had to settle for fourth based on his first-run time.

Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly was fifth, 0.875s off the pace, but faces a post-session investigation for impeding Haas driver Romain Grosjean during Q2.

Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest in sixth place and was the only driver outside the top three teams to still have enough tyres for two runs using fresh Pirelli softs in Q3.

Having taken sixth place on his first run, he then briefly lost it to Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo, before reclaiming it on the second run.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was eighth fastest, behind last year’s winner Ricciardo and a tenth and a half quicker than McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr.

Kvyat’s team-mate Alex Albon made Q3 for the first time in his F1 career, but had to settle for 10th and 1.487s off the pace.

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg was bumped out of the top 10 in the final moments of Q2 when Magnussen, who had struggled on his first run after locking up and clipping the inside wall at Mirabeau, improved.

Lando Norris was half a tenth behind Hulkenberg in 12th place and 0.3s quicker than Grosjean – who complained about traffic over the radio at the end of the session when impeded by Gasly.

Alfa Romeo pairing Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were 14th and 15th respectively, with just 0.070s separating them.

Behind Leclerc, Racing Point duo Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were 17th and 18th but were six tenths of a second apart.

George Russell prevailed in the battle of the Williams drivers to take 19th place, with Robert Kubica bringing up the rear after lapping 0.274s slower.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m10.166s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m10.252s 0.086s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m10.641s 0.475s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m10.947s 0.781s
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m11.109s 0.943s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m11.218s 1.052s
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m11.271s 1.105s
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m11.041s 0.875s
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m11.417s 1.251s
10 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m11.653s 1.487s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m11.670s
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m11.724s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.027s
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.115s
15 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.149s
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m12.233s
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m12.846s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.185s
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m13.477s
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m13.751s

Da Autosport.com

Monaco Grand Prix practice: Leclerc fastest as Vettel crashes

Charles Leclerc edged out the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas to top third practice for the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel crashed out early on.

Leclerc ended the session 0.053 seconds faster than Bottas, with Lewis Hamilton a fraction behind, as circumstances conspired to prevent the rapid Red Bull of Max Verstappen from setting a more representative time. Verstappen ended the session fourth ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly.

The Mercedes W10s carried red halos for the first time this weekend in deference to the passing of Niki Lauda, but both drivers ultimately failed to prevent the timesheet wearing red up top.

Bottas set the pace in the early running with a 1m12.238s, just a few tenths up on Vettel and Leclerc, but since Thursday’s practice yielded times in the 1m11s bracket there remained plenty of room for improvement as the track evolved.

Hamilton’s arrival on track was marginally delayed by last-minute adjustments to his W10 and when he did get going, just 10 minutes into the session, he complained of vibrations from the front axle. Nevertheless he soon got up to speed and had just demoted Vettel when the Ferrari departed the scene.

Vettel locked his front-right wheel and went off into the outside barrier at Ste Devote after completing just seven timed laps.

As Vettel’s car was craned off the track and the lap times began to tumble, Verstappen rose to become the principal challenger to the two Mercedes.

By the end of the first runs Bottas was fastest of all with a 1m11.835s he clocked up towards the close of a 13-lap stint, while Hamilton was just 0.199s in arrears.

Verstappen was a further tenth off but running a shorter 10-lap stint, and seemingly unable to keep the tyres alive over a single lap – either being slow in the first sector but in the Mercedes ballpark in the final third, or vice versa.

Having failed to string together a properly quick lap in his opening run, Leclerc responded with a sizzling 1m11.265s lap at the beginning of his next stint, topping the timesheet by 0.053s as Bottas improved to 1m11.318s and Hamilton to 1m11.478s.

Verstappen’s push laps during his second stint were frustrated by traffic and a brush with the barrier at Rascasse; had he been able to connect all the dots, his theoretical best at this point was 1m11.270s rather than the 1m11.539s he registered when crossing the line.

Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners to leave the pits for a qualifying simulation with three minutes of the session to run, followed in short order by Leclerc and Bottas, but traffic militated against any of them improving their times.

Antonio Giovinazzi was ‘best of the rest’ in sixth for Alfa Romeo behind Gasly, albeit half a second off the Red Bull’s pace, with a 1m12.170s set late in the session.

The midfield margins were wafer thin: four tenths separated Giovinazzi from Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Alexander Albon, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean.

Vettel was classified 14th as neither the McLarens, the Racing Points nor the Williams were able to surpass his early time.

Practice three times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m11.265s 26
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m11.318s 0.053s 27
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.478s 0.213s 27
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m11.539s 0.274s 24
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m11.738s 0.473s 27
6 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.170s 0.905s 23
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.194s 0.929s 27
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m12.270s 1.005s 25
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.308s 1.043s 27
10 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.338s 1.073s 32
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.489s 1.224s 26
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m12.519s 1.254s 26
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.566s 1.301s 27
14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.583s 1.318s 7
15 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m12.862s 1.597s 29
16 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m12.914s 1.649s 26
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m13.232s 1.967s 23
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m13.622s 2.357s 21
19 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m14.086s 2.821s 27
20 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m14.305s 3.040s 27

Da Autosport.com

GP Monaco, prove libere–23/05/2019

Monaco Grand Prix practice: Lewis Hamilton pips Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a battle with Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas to top the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The duo had set the pace early in the session when on medium-compound Pirellis, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took top spot on his performance run on what was his second set of softs by 45 thousandths of a second.

Mercedes was one of the last teams to send its drivers out for quick runs on softs, with Bottas the first to reclaim first position with a lap of 1m11.597s.

The Finn then improved again to a 1m11.275s, before Hamilton jumped ahead with a time of 1m11.245s.

Bottas put in a 1m11.199s to move back ahead, while Hamilton paid a visit to the Ste Devote escape road after a lock-up.

But Hamilton, on his 10th lap on softs, was able to put in a time 0.081s quicker than Bottas’s best, which proved to be good enough to top the session.

Vettel, who locked up at Ste Devote with 17 minutes to go and, after just stopping short of the barrier, had to reverse to recover, held on to third place – 0.763s down.

Pierre Gasly was fourth fastest for Red Bull, less than a tenth behind Vettel, with Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon fifth on his debut Monaco F1 weekend with a lap of 1m12.031s set with 54 minutes of the session to go.

Max Verstappen looked quick, but sat out a large amount of the session after suffering a suspected water leak on his Red Bull – ending up 0.934s with his pace on a first set of softs.

He returned to the track in the closing stages and completed a further seven laps, but did not improve on his earlier time.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest in seventh fastest, 1.056s off the pace, which put him just ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.

Charles Leclerc, in the second Ferrari, was 10th and 1.232s down having complained about braking problems during the session.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was 11th ahead of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Daniil Kvyat lost time in the final sector on his best lap and ended up 14th, 1.459s down and just ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez.

After a promising first practice session, the Renaults were down in 16th and 17th place, with Nico Hulkenberg the quicker by 0.016s.

That put them ahead of Lance Stroll, who was 3.440s down, and Williams pairing George Russell – who was another to visit the Ste Devote escape road – and Robert Kubica.

Practice two times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.118s 41
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m11.199s 0.081s 48
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.881s 0.763s 42
4 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m11.938s 0.820s 39
5 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.031s 0.913s 51
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m12.052s 0.934s 17
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m12.174s 1.056s 54
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.239s 1.121s 51
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m12.342s 1.224s 51
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.350s 1.232s 42
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m12.392s 1.274s 51
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m12.393s 1.275s 27
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m12.419s 1.301s 47
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.577s 1.459s 39
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m12.752s 1.634s 44
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.872s 1.754s 49
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m12.888s 1.770s 53
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m14.558s 3.440s 40
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m15.052s 3.934s 37
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m15.146s 4.028s 45

Da Autosport.com

Monaco Grand Prix practice: Hamilton fastest, Verstappen second

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton led the way in the opening Thursday practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen by 0.059 seconds.

Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas spent much of morning practice maintaining a familiar Mercedes one-two, before Verstappen slotted in between the pair in his Red Bull in the latter half of the session.

Times were tumbling down quickly in the opening half-hour as drivers got acclimatised to the street circuit, but Mercedes cars swiftly assumed the lead to sit first and second after their opening run.

While Hamilton and Bottas were closely matched at that point, with the top Ferrari of Charles Leclerc just a tenth behind, the reigning champion emerged from the pits again on the same set of softs and stretched out his lead as he fired in a 1m12.932s.

Bottas, Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel all surpassed Hamilton’s earlier benchmark as they switched to fresh softs, but Hamilton responded swiftly and was back in the lead, trading a couple of fastest laps with Bottas before ending up on a 1m12.106s.

As Mercedes and Ferrari soon switched focus to long runs, this lap time kept Hamilton top until the chequered flag flew.

But Bottas, despite being just 0.072s slower than his team-mate, was shuffled down to third by Verstappen.

The Red Bull driver went down the escape road at Mirabeau after commencing his run on fresh softs, and required help from the marshals to reverse and get going again, yet ramped up his pace after that to take an eventual second place.

Local hero Leclerc wound up as the fastest Ferrari in fourth, 0.361s off the pace but over three and a half tenths up on Vettel.

Pierre Gasly, who had narrowly avoided a crash by catching a big slide in the Swimming Pool section, moved up to sixth place with 10 minutes left on the clock yet ended up a second off Red Bull team-mate Verstappen’s pace.

Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest behind the top three teams in seventh place, while Renault team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished 11th.

Haas had its session compromised by a telemetry and radio issue, which forced it to request the FIA to black-flag both of its drivers on the opening run as it could not communicate with them.

Both drivers returned to the track in the final 20 minutes, with Kevin Magnussen finishing just 0.005s behind Hulkenberg in eighth, while Romain Grosjean followed Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo in 10th.

Toro Rosso was alone in running the medium tyre in the second half of the session, and had Daniil Kvyat as its leading driver in 13th. Racing Point worked on the hard tyre late on, with Sergio Perez heading its efforts in 16th.

George Russell was the leading Williams entry in 17th, four tenths up on Robert Kubica – whose session ended with an off with just over 30 minutes to go.

Kubica spun his FW42 exiting Casino Square, and tapped the front wing against the inside barrier, subsequently returning to the pits but not reappearing after that.

McLaren was down to just one car for most of the session, with Carlos Sainz Jr sidelined with a reported electronics issue and unable to record a timed lap.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.106s 47
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m12.165s 0.059s 35
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.178s 0.072s 43
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.467s 0.361s 25
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.823s 0.717s 36
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m13.170s 1.064s 41
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.227s 1.121s 45
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.232s 1.126s 24
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m13.363s 1.257s 39
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.379s 1.273s 23
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m13.413s 1.307s 41
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m13.437s 1.331s 39
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.731s 1.625s 40
14 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.827s 1.721s 45
15 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m14.278s 2.172s 39
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m14.566s 2.460s 40
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m15.115s 3.009s 40
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m15.514s 3.408s 24
19 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m16.135s 4.029s 37
20 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 2m00.670s 48.564s 4

Da Autosport.com

GP Monaco, commenti post gara–27/05/2018

Today nothing really happened in the race; to be honest, it was a pretty boring one. We know that on this track, once everybody has stopped, whoever is in the front dictates the speed and no matter if he goes four second slower on a lap, there’s no way to pass unless somebody makes a big mistake or runs out of tires. We end up following each other through the whole race. I had no problem managing my tires, in fact they were pretty good. I only had some graining with the first set, but apart from that they were ok. I was never worried about Bottas behind me, we had the speed and I could easily close up with the car in front, but there was no way to pass him. We were all the time doing our best, but couldn’t use our pace. Obviously we cannot be happy with fourth position, but as always, we try to learn from every race.

Da Ferrari.com

GP Monaco, gara–27/05/2018

Monaco Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo wins despite car problem

Daniel Ricciardo survived a reliability scare to hold off Sebastian Vettel and take his second win of the 2018 Formula 1 season in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was comfortably in charge early on before an apparent energy recovery systems problem took hold for the majority of the race.

He managed that loss of power to the end to clinch his seventh GP victory, with Vettel dropping back in second late on and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes a distant third.

Ricciardo covered Vettel into the first corner and had built a lead of 3.6 seconds before the leaders pitted to shed their used hypersofts from qualifying.

Vettel stopped on lap 16 of 78 with Ricciardo staying out a lap later and rejoining with a lead still above three seconds.

Ricciardo then started to report a loss of power and Vettel closed in.

Red Bull indicated the problem would not get worse and Ricciardo was able to maintain the lead, albeit at a reduced pace.

That allowed Vettel to run just over a second behind him, with Hamilton gradually closing in and putting the top three within three seconds of each other.

Hamilton was complaining more about the state of his tyres and gradually slipped back to a lonely third.

Ricciardo’s loss of pace meant Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas threatened to stop privately duelling over fourth and join the lead train, but never quite managed to do so.

Bottas had briefly threatened to be a dark horse after taking supersofts at his only pitstop while the top four went on ultrasofts, and was considerably faster in clean air.

His charge ended as soon as he caught Raikkonen and found himself stuck behind the Ferrari, and although they closed right up on Hamilton at the end they held position.

Esteban Ocon just held on to finish best-of-the-rest for Force India.

Ocon pitted later than most frontrunners but not as late as Pierre Gasly and Nico Hulkenberg, who ran exceptionally long opening stints and had fierce pace in the second half of the race.

Toro Rosso driver Gasly had supersofts to the hypersofts on Hulkenberg’s Renault, but just about managed to keep seventh place as Ocon kept the pair at bay.

Max Verstappen scored points after his crash on Saturday condemned him to a back-of-the-grid start.

The Red Bull drove gradually rose up the order and finished ninth after wresting the place from Carlos Sainz Jr with a forceful move at the Nouvelle chicane.

Sainz survived one attack there by cutting the chicane, but a lap later Verstappen made it stick on the outside – he ran slightly deep into the corner and half-cut it, half-clobbered the kerb on the first right-hand apex, but kept the place.

A tame conclusion was interrupted by Charles Leclerc rear-ending Brendon Hartley under braking for the Nouvelle chicane with seven laps to go.

Hartley was running 11th with Leclerc just behind when the Sauber rookie smashed into the rear of the Toro Rosso shortly after exiting the tunnel.

Leclerc, who reported "no brakes" immediately afterwards, skated down the escape road with the front of his car deranged, while Hartley limped back to retire in the pits with a broken rear wing.

That triggered a virtual safety car, but with so little time remaining the frontrunners did not risk pitting and the order remained the same, albeit with Vettel falling further back from Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso was the race’s other retiree. The Spaniard was on course to finish seventh until he was forced to retire his McLaren, which was smoking at the rear as he came to a halt on the exit of Ste Devote with 25 laps left.

Race result

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 78 1h42m54.807s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 7.336s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 17.013s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 78 18.127s
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 78 18.822s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 78 23.667s
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 78 24.331s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 78 24.839s
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 78 25.317s
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 78 1m09.013s
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 78 1m09.864s
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 78 1m10.461s
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 78 1m14.823s
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 77 1 Lap
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 77 1 Lap
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 76 2 Laps
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 70 Collision
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 70 Collision
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 52 Gearbox

Drivers’ standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 110
2 Sebastian Vettel 96
3 Daniel Ricciardo 72
4 Valtteri Bottas 68
5 Kimi Raikkonen 60
6 Max Verstappen 35
7 Fernando Alonso 32
8 Nico Hulkenberg 26
9 Carlos Sainz 20
10 Kevin Magnussen 19
11 Pierre Gasly 18
12 Sergio Perez 17
13 Esteban Ocon 9
14 Charles Leclerc 9
15 Stoffel Vandoorne 8
16 Lance Stroll 4
17 Marcus Ericsson 2
18 Brendon Hartley 1
19 Romain Grosjean 0
20 Sergey Sirotkin 0

Constructors’ standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 178
2 Ferrari 156
3 Red Bull/Renault 107
4 Renault 46
5 McLaren/Renault 40
6 Force India/Mercedes 26
7 Toro Rosso/Honda 19
8 Haas/Ferrari 19
9 Sauber/Ferrari 11
10 Williams/Mercedes 4

Da Autosport.com