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Everything that happened in first Monaco GP F1 practice

May 27 2022

Charles Leclerc was fastest on home ground as the Monaco Grand Prix weekend began.

Key moments

– Leclerc leads Perez, Sainz and Verstappen
– Both Red Bulls and Leclerc have minor offs
– Schumacher problem causes red flag
– Lots of bouncing woe at Mercedes

Though the top four ended up a mix of Ferraris and Red Bulls, heavy traffic, a stoppage and yellow flags for various minor incidents meant everyone struggled for clear runs and to set representative times.

Mick Schumacher caused a mid-session red flag by parking his Haas in the pit entry while struggling back having reported what he initially felt was a gearbox problem. With the throttle then also malfunctioning, Haas later reported the root cause was likely to be the MGU-K.

Schumacher had at least managed 12 laps before then, whereas Valtteri Bottas did just two installation laps in his Alfa Romeo prior to a problem that required the team to remove the rear from the car.

Max Verstappen was fastest in the first part of the session even though he was on hard tyres while many others went straight to mediums.

After the Schumacher red flag there was a brief period of a McLaren 1-2, with Lando Norris – still recovering from tonsillitis – ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, before the Ferraris and Red Bulls moved back ahead.

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Verstappen had another spell on top but it was ultimately title rival Leclerc who set the pace with a 1m14.531s, 0.039s ahead of Sergio Perez.

Carlos Sainz and Verstappen completed a top four covered by 0.181s.

Both Red Bulls and Leclerc were among a host of cars to have lock-ups and scoot down the Sainte Devote escape road, rejoining without drama.

The McLarens stayed near the front in fifth and seventh, sandwiching Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri.

Mercedes was eighth and 10th with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, split by Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin, and with strong radio complaints from Hamilton about how much the car was bouncing.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Car Best Time Gap Leader
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m14.531s
2 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1m14.57s +0.039s
3 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m14.601s +0.07s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m14.712s +0.181s
5 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m15.056s +0.525s
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m15.083s +0.552s
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m15.157s +0.626s
8 George Russell Mercedes 1m15.211s +0.68s
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m15.387s +0.856s
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.499s +0.968s
11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Red Bull 1m15.536s +1.005s
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m15.539s +1.008s
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m15.749s +1.218s
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m15.806s +1.275s
15 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m16.11s +1.579s
16 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m16.315s +1.784s
17 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m16.417s +1.886s
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m17.714s +3.183s
19 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m18.636s +4.105s

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