Max Verstappen edged Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to prime the timesheet in Practice Two; Sainz ended what had been a robust day with a heavy crash; Lewis Hamilton sixth in upgraded Mercedes; watch Monaco GP qualifying reside on Sky Sports F1 from 2:30pm on Saturday
Last Updated: 26/05/23 5:19pm
Carlos Sainz whacks the within barrier on the Swimming Pool chicane to crash and trigger a crimson flag in FP2
Max Verstappen recovered from a troubling begin to the Monaco Grand Prix weekend to narrowly prime Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in second apply.
Verstappen, whose Red Bull crew have dominated the opening 5 races of the season, endured a irritating opening session on Friday as he might solely end sixth amid struggles to familiarize yourself together with his RB19 round Formula 1’s most well-known circuit.
However, a much-improved show from the world championship chief noticed him produce a lap of 1:12.462 to complete six hundredths of a second away from Leclerc, who will probably be in search of a 3rd successive pole at his house circuit on Saturday.
Sainz had loved a hugely-impressive day, topping Practice One and exhibiting sturdy tempo on arduous tyres early within the later session, however his afternoon was ruined by a heavy shunt on the Swimming Pool Chicane.
Fernando Alonso, who has been open about his perception he can declare a primary F1 win for 10 years this weekend, was a bit over 0.2s off Verstappen’s main time for Aston Martin.
Ride onboard with Max Verstappen as he navigates the Monaco streets throughout FP2
Lando Norris supplied a reminder of his particular expertise as he took benefit of McLaren’s sturdy efficiency in sluggish corners to complete fifth.
That put him a spot forward of Lewis Hamilton, who appeared to settle extra rapidly in Mercedes’ considerably upgraded W14 than team-mate George Russell, who might solely handle twelfth after ending sixteenth earlier on Friday.
Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, who can be the Dutchman’s nearest challenger within the drivers’ standings, didn’t reside as much as repute he has earned for delivering at avenue circuits as he completed seventh.
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