Max fourth fastest in Monaco FP1
Published on 27 May 2022 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen opened his Monaco Grand Prix weekend with fourth place in the opening practice session. Local hero Charles Leclerc was quickest in the Ferrari, with Max’ Oracle Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez clocking the second fastest time around the streets of the principality. Leclerc’s Ferrari colleague Carlos Sainz completed the top three.
George Russell is the first driver out on track, whilst Max is the first to clock a lap time. Like all the other drivers that have ventured out, he does so on the hard Pirelli compound. The first competitive lap time is set by Daniel Ricciardo in the McLaren but for most of the afternoon Max and Leclerc battle for the title of pace setter.
The first red flag of the weekend follows Mick Schumacher’s car grinding to a halt at the entrance to the pits following a gearbox issue. Once the Haas is cleared, 36 minutes remain on the clock.
At the halfway mark, Max re-joins the track on the set of hards he started the session on. He is still topping the charts but is soon demoted by Lando Norris, one of the first drivers to switch to the medium tyres.
With a third of the session left, Max heads out on a brand-new set of the medium Pirellis. Sainz and Lelcerc soon follow the Dutchman’s lead. Max betters his time on his first flying lap and goes first, but causes a yellow flag on his second attempt, after he flat spots his right front tyre, which forces him to return to the pits.
Both Ferraris and Perez do continue on their sets of mediums and ultimately usurp Max at the top of the leader boards with Leclerc posting the quickest lap of the session.
|2||Sergio Perez||PER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:14.570||+0.039s||30|
|4||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:14.712||+0.181s||26|
|5||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Mercedes||1:15.056||+0.525s||31|
|6||Pierre Gasly||GAS||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:15.083||+0.552s||33|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||McLaren Mercedes||1:15.157||+0.626s||33|
|9||Sebastian Vettel||VET||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:15.387||+0.856s||33|
|11||Yuki Tsunoda||TSU||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:15.536||+1.005s||36|
|12||Lance Stroll||STR||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:15.539||+1.008s||26|
|13||Fernando Alonso||ALO||Alpine Renault||1:15.749||+1.218s||28|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:15.806||+1.275s||30|
|15||Alexander Albon||ALB||Williams Mercedes||1:16.110||+1.579s||39|
|16||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Alpine Renault||1:16.315||+1.784s||24|
|17||Zhou Guanyu||ZHO||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:16.417||+1.886s||27|
|18||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Williams Mercedes||1:17.714||+3.183s||30|
|19||Mick Schumacher||MSC||Haas Ferrari||1:18.636||+4.105s||12|
|20||Valtteri Bottas||BOT||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||---||2|