Mercedes has maintained its dominance as the Formula 1 field returned to on-track action for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg were separated by just three-hundredths of a second in Thursday’s opening practice session, while Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull was just two-tenths of a second adrift in third.
With rain forecast to hit the circuit in time for the afternoon’s practice session, the field was keen to clock up as much mileage as possible around the classic street circuit. The Mercedes’ were quick to make their presence felt, with Rosberg and subsequently Hamilton – who arrived late for the session – moving to the top of the timesheets early on. Hamilton ultimately worked his way down to a handy time of 1:18.271, with Rosberg snapping at his heels.
Ricciardo finished third-fastest, no doubt more confident that the RB10 could deliver a good performance this weekend at a circuit where the Renault power unit’s shortcomings could be somewhat masked. The Australian finished a handy four-tenths of a second quicker than Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, and over half a second quicker than teammate Sebastian Vettel who rounded out the top five.
Kimi Räikkönen was sixth-fastest in the second Ferrari to ensure three teams completed the top-six, while fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas took his Williams Mercedes seventh-quickest. The two Force Indias and Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren completed the top ten, although Magnussen and Sergio Pérez were lucky to avoid a collision at the Anthony Noghes corner when the Dane came upon the unexpectedly slow Mexican.
The session saw a few minor escapes into the run-off areas, with Adrian Sutil being the only driver to come to serious grief when he biffed his ill-handling Sauber into the barriers at Mirabeau. Max Chilton also had a spin at the same corner, curtailing his practice session.
2014 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:18.271||32|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:18.303||+ 0.032||31|
|3.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:18.506||+ 0.235||37|
|4.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:18.930||+ 0.759||31|
|5.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:19.043||+ 0.772||33|
|6.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:19.467||+ 1.196||31|
|7.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:19.494||+ 1.223||31|
|8.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:19.666||+ 1.395||29|
|9.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:19.789||+ 1.518||29|
|10.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:19.856||+ 1.585||38|
|11.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:20.033||+ 1.762||35|
|12.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:20.118||+ 1.847||33|
|13.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:20.207||+ 1.936||33|
|14.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:20.241||+ 1.970||38|
|15.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:20.260||+ 1.989||36|
|16.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:20.517||+ 2.246||25|
|17.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:20.736||+ 2.465||18|
|18.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:20.914||+ 2.643||37|
|19.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:21.310||+ 3.039||27|
|20.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:22.063||+ 3.792||40|
|21.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:22.492||+ 4.221||38|
|22.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:25.817||+ 7.546||7|
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