Hamilton Fastest In Opening Monaco Practice

Lewis Hamilton lay down his challenge for pole position this morning as he topped the opening practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix. The Briton was predictably shadowed by his team-mate Nico Rosberg who ended the practice session three-hundredths of a second behind Hamilton, at the race where Rosberg was last year victorious. Daniel Ricciardo was two tenths behind for Red Bull as he once again proved to be the best of the rest while Fernando Alonso slipped his Ferrari into the gap between Ricciardo and the other Red Bull.

The drivers were clearly unsettled as they raced on the tight and windy streets of Monte Carlo for the first time since adopting the ‘greener’ V6 engines which give them more power and less control of the cars which left them sliding their way around the principality. Max Chilton was the first driver to take to the track and looked very uneasy in the cockpit, before spinning at Mirabeau and prematurely ending his session. He wasn’t the only driver to be caught out there, however, as Adrian Sutil hit the barriers and Fernando Alonso out-braked himself and took to the escape road. Sutil’s team-mate, Esteban Gutierrez, also had a moment at Saint Devote when he out-braked and was also forced to take to the escape road at the first corner.

Free Practice One results: 

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Daniel Ricciardo
  4. Fernando Alonso
  5. Sebastian Vettel
  6. Kimi Raikkonen
  7. Valtteri Bottas
  8. Sergio Perez
  9. Kevin Magnussen
  10. Nico Hulkenberg
  11. Jenson Button
  12. Esteban Gutierrez
  13. Romain Grosjean
  14. Pastor Maldonado
  15. Jean-Eric Vergne
  16. Felipe Massa
  17. Adrian Sutil
  18. Daniil Kvyat
  19. Jules Bianchi
  20. Marcus Ericsson
  21. Kamui Kobayashi
  22. Marcus Ericsson

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