The first day of the Monaco Grand Prix came to an end after two successful practice sessions for both Red Bull and Ferrari, the current championship contenders. After the result of both the sessions, it does look like that Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are going to have a good battle on the track, as they both kept oscillating on P1 and P2 during FP1.
However, FP2 looked more in favor of the Ferraris; both the drivers were able to set blistering laps even on hard tyres, when everyone else was going on mediums. The cars felt really competitive. Max Verstappen struggled in the second session to run the fastest lap, even when his teammate, Sergio Perez was on fastest. But he just couldn’t, and he blamed the car’s setup for the same.
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Even with fresher tyres and softer compounds, Red Bull were not able to match the pace of the Ferraris while they were on hard compounds. Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull admitted during the practice session that the Ferraris had greater pace than them. At the same time he also stated that the team had collected much data to work over the setup of the car before qualifying and before the race.
“He’s (Verstappen) not as happy with the car as he was in the last session,” Horner states.
Christian Horner informed that Max Verstappen was not much happy with the car in free practice 2 as he was in the first session. The first session saw the Dutch finish 4th after completing 26 laps around the circuit. Though he finished same in the second session, he had completed more laps (33) than the first session, including a run with soft tyres, and where his teammate felt much confident with the car, he couldn’t improve his position.
“It’s just turn one at the moment, the only bit we need to tidy up. We’ve tried some set-up changes that he’s not as happy with the car as he was in the last session. Checo has had a good session as well, he’s found his confidence quickly,” Horner said about Verstappen, as GPBlog quotes.
As we move further into the weekend, Verstappen slightly cuts into the lead for the championship with 110 points, and Leclerc follows him up with 104 points.