The Monegasse Charles Leclerc set the fastest time in practice at his home GP
Local hero Charles Leclerc showed on Thursday with the surprising best time in training for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. The 23-year-old Ferrari driver drove the fastest lap of the day in 1: 11.684 minutes in the afternoon, with his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz junior second. (+0.112). Only behind did World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton (0.390) in the Mercedes and Max Verstappen (0.397) in the Red Bull, the top contenders for pole position, line up.
Leclerc not only indicated once more the upward trend of Scuderia Ferrari with his best time. He showed a strong reaction to his bad luck in the first training session, which for him had already ended after eight minutes. A gearbox damage had cost him valuable preparation time.
The second Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez, was the fastest in the first practice session, when many drivers had not used the softest tire compound. In the second session, the Mexican finished eighth (+1.024), just behind Pierre Gasly (0.814), the fastest AlphaTauri pilot.
Mick Schumacher made sure that the session was shortened by about five minutes. The 22-year-old F1 newcomer hit the guardrails with the right side of his Haas. The right rear wheel was demolished and the German had to park the car.