The street-style circuit is among the 4 still-existing original Formula 1 circuits from 1950. It has consistently been in rotation since 1955, save for last year’s cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc made the BIGGEST turnaround from P20 in FP1 to P1 in FP2. The Monegasque driver’s first 2021 practice session at his home race had to be cut short due to gearbox issues, but he more than made up for it by leading the Ferrari 1-2 in the second session.
Meanwhile, Mercedes are either sandbagging or have issues with the car that need to be worked upon before the Qualifying round on Sunday. However, knowing Mercedes, it’s probably the former
Alpha Tauri’s Tsunoda put his own spin on Tokyo Drift as he had a brush with the barrier at the Swimming Pool (just past Turn 15) and had to stop his session after only 11 laps, thus placing him at P20.
Red flags were brought out when Mick Schumacher crashed into the wall turning into Casino Square (Turn 4), signaling the end of the session.
Great and unexpected results from a great track with an unusual race schedule, what more could we fans ask for?
The Monaco FP3 proved to be quite eventful with 2 red flags and Hamilton being 7th fastest.
Max Verstappen tops the leaderboard by 0.047s, dashing Ferrari’s hope of another Practice 1-2. Hamilton struggled without soft tire laps to help him speed up.
The first red flags were brought out as Williams’ Nicholas Latifi crashed at the Swimming Pool (seems like a trend this weekend) with 15 minutes left in the session, blowing his front wing clean off and mangling the car’s front right tire. Not how Williams would want their 750th race weekend to go
The second crash that brought the red flags out and stopped the session was Mick Schumacher at Casino Square (again). The driver crashed at the same turn at Thursday’s FP2 stopping that session as well, but this crash is significantly worse.
Schumacher will have to skip today’s Qualifying session while his car is being repaired and will start last at tomorrow race
Perhaps, but only if the crash hasn’t damaged his gearbox- a gearbox change would cost him a 5-place penalty
UPDATE: An initial inspection of the gearbox in @Charles_Leclerc’s car has not revealed any serious damage. Further checks will be carried out tomorrow, to decide if the same gearbox can be used in the race.#MonacoGP
I can’t say I blame them. While Monaco is one of the most iconic races in terms of testing the drivers’ control and precision, it has been known to be more of a “procession” than a race because of its minimal overtaking opportunities.
In fact, 9 of the last 10 winners at Monaco have started at pole position. So it is TOTALLY understandable why all the drivers were this riled up.