World Champion Max Verstappen blazes through the tracks once again as he soars past everyone in an extremely close Monaco Grand Prix free practice 2.
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After struggling in Free Practice 1, the current World Champion claims the top spot as he edges out Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Max finished with a blistering time of 1:12.462s. Charles Leclerc comes in at second, trailing the 25-year-old Dutchman by 0.065 seconds. Carlos Sainz came in third, putting a time of 1:12.462s on the board.
Fernando Alonso continues to perform competently. The Aston Martin driver’s posted time is 1:12.682s, which is the quickest time posted so far. Seven times F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton finished 6th, despite having the long-awaited upgrade package added, and fellow Mercedes driver George Russell ended in 12th position.
Max Verstappen continues to show his champion mentality, as he turns the tides even after suffering adversity in the first practice run.
📊 | Monaco GP FP2 Classification:
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Changes from the free practice 1
The results of Free Practice 2 differ vastly from those of Free Practice 1. Carlos Sainz finished FP1 at the top with a time of 1:13.372s. Max Verstappen had a huge struggle, finishing 6th in FP1.
Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso has lit up hopes of turning his podium finishes into a win as he clinched the 2nd spot in FP1, being just 0.338 seconds behind the Ferrari driver.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton showed signs of returning to form, as he finished 3rd in FP1. His teammate, George Russell, finished 15th.
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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished in the 5th spot, and Sergio Perez claimed the 4th.
Ferrari crashes out again
Unfortunately for Ferrari, Carlos Sainz was unable to complete the session due to a crash at the end of the pool part of the track.
Sainz had the fastest time in the first practice session, but the red flag came out with 17 minutes left, making his day a mixed bag. Even though it was a light collision, the service crew still has some preparation to do before Saturday’s qualifying race.