The exuberant Kamui Kobayashi had, unsurprisingly, a fraught opening day at the Kobayashi Shunt Monaco Grand Prix, with his kerb-hopping antics bringing him undone with another front-wing-smashing accident, this time at the Swimming Pool complex (pictured).

By our count, it’s the fourth front wing he has destroyed his season!

Things settled down for the Japanese driver in the afternoon on his way to 17th-quickest overall.

"It is really difficult to drive here and I had a few moments," he said. "I think we had a reasonable setup from the beginning but it was still difficult to find grip in the slow corners, which is our main problem. We will work and try to improve the setup."

Team-mate Pedro de la Rosa, who hasn’t raced on this circuit since 2002, found that driving around the Principality was “like learning a new track”. The Spaniard lapped two-tenths quicker than his team-mate in the second session and was placed 16th on the timesheets.

"We covered all the mileage we wanted to and made a lot of changes between the two sessions," the Barcelona driver explained. "We are heading in the right direction and have more ideas for Saturday.”

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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