Ricciardo and Verstappen go one-two in the first opening practice in Monaco
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News May 24, 2018 Updated: 9:23 AM PT
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Among the glitz and glamour of the Monaco, Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen ended the first free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix with a one-two finish.
Ricciardo finished the morning 0.154s ahead of Verstappen who had a big lockup at Turn 1 during the session. Later, Verstappen was placed under investigation by the stewards for possibly re-joining the track in an unsafe manner, but the stewards took no further action against him.
The legendary Monaco circuit may play to Red Bull’s strengths with it’s tight, slow corners and few straights.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton finished third and 0.354s down behind Verstappen. Championship rival Sebastian Vettel finished 0.561s behind Hamilton in fourth.
Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen took fifth with Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas in sixth and seventh.
Force India starts the weekend continuing their partnership with the charity, Breast Cancer Care, who continue to raise awareness for women, men, and families affected by breast cancer. The team’s driver, Sergio Perez finished eighth as the team tested and evaluated new parts they brought this weekend.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished ninth in the morning session but lost 50 minutes of valuable running after brushing the wall at Turn 12. The team replaced the floor on his car and was able to return for the final 10 minutes of the session.
Williams’ driver Sergey Sirotkin finished tenth after having a brush with the barriers making heavy contact on the final corner and causing a puncture on his right rear tire.
Esteban Ocon finished 11th in the second Force India followed by Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley in 12th. Nico Hulkenberg split the two Toro Rosso drivers finishing 13th with Hartley’s teammate Pierre Gasly in 14th.
Stoffel Vandoorne finished the morning 15th with Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, who has hopes of a positive result on home soil, finished 16th. Fernando Alonso finished 18th after the team addressed a break by wire issue causing him to miss most of the session. Alonso was able to put in 16 laps before the session ended.
Continuing Williams’ scrappy morning, Lance Stroll finished 18th with Marcus Ericsson in 19th. Kevin Magnussen only put in a hand full of laps before running into a fuel system issue leaving him in 20th.