Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has topped the second free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix by over half a second to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who was a further three-tenths of a second behind.
The Australian bolted on a set of purple-marked ultra-soft tyres early in the session to put a best time of 1:15.315 on the board, 0.174 seconds faster than Hamilton’s best time.
Ricciardo then improved by three-tenths of a second to register a time that would have been good enough for pole position last year, then almost took half a second off his time towards the end of the session for a final time of 1:14.607.
His teammate Max Verstappen finished in fourth position almost a second adrift, while the Toro Rosso pair of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz finished in fifth and sixth position respectively.
The second practice session saw the Virtual Safety Car appear on three occasions; the first was seven minutes into the session when Romain Grosjean lost control of his Haas coming out of the tunnel and hit the barrier, leaving debris on the track. Not long afterwards, Rio Haryanto made the same error as Grosjean, although experienced more damage on his Manor Racing Mercedes.
Kevin Magnussen brought out the third Virtual Safety Car when he buried his Renault into the wall on the final corner of the circuit, leaving the French outfit with another repair job to complete before Saturday’s third practice following Jolyon Palmer’s accident in the earlier FP1 session.
Ferrari spent most of the first half of the session completing race simulations on the super-soft tyre with Sebastian Vettel. The German made the switch to the ultra-soft tyre halfway through practice and quickly spun at Mirabeau, damaging his rear wing. The interruption left him fourteenth fastest.
Kimi Räikkönen enjoyed a more trouble free session than his teammate in the sister Ferrari, finishing seventh-quickest. However, the Finn’s best time was only good enough to be 1.4 seconds off the pace.
Force India’s Sergio Pérez finished eighth and three-tenths of a second ahead of his teammate Nico Hülkenberg in tenth, while McLaren’s Jenson Button split the pair in ninth position.
|FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2016 – FREE PRACTICE 2 RESULTS|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result||Laps|
|1.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||1:14.607||40|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||+ 0.606||36|
|3.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid||+ 0.899||48|
|4.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12||+ 0.964||42|
|5.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 1.208||53|
|6.||Carlos Sainz Jr||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11||+ 1.374||54|
|7.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 1.433||38|
|8.||Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09||+ 1.513||48|
|9.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H||+ 1.662||40|
|10.||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 1.718||46|
|11.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09||+ 1.880||49|
|12.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren-Honda MP4-31||+ 2.116||43|
|13.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16||+ 2.175||40|
|14.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 2.242||47|
|15.||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16||+ 2.267||23|
|16.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38||+ 2.679||42|
|17.||Kevin Magnussen||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 2.923||29|
|18.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35||+ 2.955||39|
|19.||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team RS16||+ 3.154||24|
|20.||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35||+ 3.392||49|
|21.||Rio Haryanto||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 4.040||10|
|22.||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5||+ 4.207||46|
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