Monaco GP: Vettel flies in FP2 as Mercedes struggles

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix as Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas struggled.

Monaco GP: Vettel flies in FP2 as Mercedes struggles
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70-H
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid locks up
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70-H
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13
Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36-Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08

Vettel clocked the fastest ever lap at Monaco with a 1m12.720s to finish 0.487 seconds clear of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton and Bottas could not replicate the pace shown in first practice and ended the session eighth and 10th respectively.

The duo started the session on supersofts, but failed to trouble the top of the timesheets when they bolted on the ultrasofts.

Practice was red-flagged with 36 minutes to go when Lance Stroll crashed at Casino Square.

The Williams driver, who was 16th fastest, lost the rear at the top of the hill before sliding into the barrier.

FP2 was a scrappier session, with Esteban Ocon hitting the barrier at the downhill right-hander before Portier.

Marcus Ericsson, who failed to complete a lap time in FP1 because of a gearbox problem, nudged the barrier at Casino Square, forcing him to pit.

It was the Toro Rossos that set the early pace, Daniil Kvyat using the ultrasoft for the first time on Thursday to clock a 1m14.031s.

Ricciardo then went quickest on the ultrasofts before Vettel usurped him with his first qualifying-simulation run.

Kimi Raikkonen ended up third fastest, just over half-a-second off the pace, with Kvyat just half a tenth further back.

The other Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz was fifth to underline the outfit's pace on the streets of Monte Carlo, ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen and Bottas completed the top 10.

McLaren returnee Jenson Button had another solid session, the Briton clocking the 12th quickest time to finish just 0.035s adrift of teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.

It was more frustrating for Renault, with Nico Hulkenberg ended the session 17th quickest, having failed to set a time in FP1.

His teammate Jolyon Palmer pulled off track at Portier early in the session with smoke pouring from the rear of his Renault. He completed just eight laps.

ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGap
1 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 37 1'12.720  
2 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 34 1'13.207 0.487
3 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 45 1'13.283 0.563
4 russia Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Renault 40 1'13.331 0.611
5 spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Renault 42 1'13.400 0.680
6 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 35 1'13.486 0.766
7 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 44 1'13.799 1.079
8 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 30 1'13.873 1.153
9 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 45 1'13.890 1.170
10 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 38 1'13.902 1.182
11 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Honda 41 1'13.946 1.226
12 united_kingdom Jenson Button  McLaren Honda 36 1'13.981 1.261
13 brazil Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 45 1'14.003 1.283
14 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 43 1'14.022 1.302
15 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 46 1'14.093 1.373
16 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 27 1'14.474 1.754
17 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 40 1'14.870 2.150
18 united_kingdom Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault 8 1'15.616 2.896
19 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 31 1'15.691 2.971
20 germany Pascal Wehrlein  Sauber Ferrari 36 1'15.695 2.975
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