The Red Bull drivers were again fastest – this time in the second free Thursday practice in Monte Carlo. Daniel Ricciardo was again fastest, followed by his teammate Max Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was third.
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Ricciardo completed a Red Bull monopoly of the free practice sessions in Monaco, setting a new track record in FP2, with last year’s pole time already beaten in FP1 thanks to the brand new P Zero Pink hypersoft
On its debut, the new tyre has resulted in times that are nearly one second per lap quicker than last year in FP2. The street circuit has additionally been extensively resurfaced since last year, giving it more grip and a smoother surface, which has also helped to deliver faster lap times.
“This is a place I always love driving. It helps when you’re fast but regardless it’s just so much fun driving an F1 car around here. Having the hypersoft tyre gives us that little bit more grip and it’s pretty cool to be breaking lap records. I’m glad that was the fastest lap that anyone has ever done as it felt so quick, but I think on Saturday we will go even quicker again.”
“Some parts of the track are just amazing, Tabac and Turn 12, in particular, are a lot of fun. The intention this weekend is to try and win and be dominant. Both cars today ran really well in the sessions and Max and I were fighting for the top spot all day. I think come Qualifying the others will turn it up and I’m sure it will tighten up as you never know what the other teams are doing, but all we could do today was try and top the times, which is what we have done”, Ricciardo said.