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How Friday practice for the F1 Monaco Grand Prix unfolded

Last Updated: 26 May 2023 - 17:06

F1 is back this weekend after the last race at Imola was cancelled due to intense flooding.

The Monaco Grand Prix is the 'jewel in the crown' with many drivers desperate to win in the principality. 

Aston Martin and Ferrari are expected to be on the pace, while all eyes will be on Mercedes' new upgrade.

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That's a wrap for practice

A busy day of practice.

Red Bull on top but it looks close with Ferrari and Aston Martin.

Join us tomorrow from 11am for final practice and then qualifying later on.

The Williams Racing FW45 of Alexander Albon (THA) Williams Racing is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck.
FP2 results
Chequered flag

Verstappen on top ahead of Leclerc, Sainz, Alonso, Norris, Hamilton, Perez, Botas, Gasly and Ocon.

A great effort from Williams

After his shunt in FP1, Albon is circulating in his Williams.

Order with 10 minutes to go

Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz, Alonso, Norris, Hamilton, Perez, Bottas, Gasly and Ocon.

Session back underway

Just over 11 minutes are on the clock.

Sainz in the wall

Sainz radio

"Yeah, I crashed! Sorry for that."

Red flag

Sainz is in the wall on the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane.

Changes at the top

Verstappen sets a 1m12.462s to go fastest, less than a tenth clear of Leclerc.

Sainz, Alonso and Norris complete the top five.

Alonso not happy with the traffic

"I am speechless with these guys."

Current order

Sainz, Alonso, Verstappen, Leclerc, Norris, Perez, Hamilton, Bottas, Gasly and Ocon.

Red Bulls

Verstappen and Perez go third and fifth respectively.

Impressive times from Sainz and Alonso keep them 1-2.

Leclerc goes third

He slots behind teammate Sainz and Alonso to go third overall.

Bottas moves into fourth in the Alfa Romeo.

FP2 shots

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari SF-23. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Practice
Mega lap from Sainz

He takes to the top by 0.2s. Very encouraging for Ferrari.

Still waiting to see what the Red Bulls can do.

Ocon goes second

A strong lap from Ocon to slot into second ahead of Russell's Mercedes.

Bottas goes third

He slots into third ahead of Stroll on the softs.

Alonso goes clear

The two-time world champion goes 0.5s clear of Verstappen on the softs.

He found 0.9s by switching from the mediums to the soft.

Time for the quali sims

A number of drivers are out there on the softs.

Current order

Verstappen, Perez, Sainz, Alonso, Russell, Hamilton, Leclerc, Ocon, Magnussen and Gasly.

Verstappen extends his advantage

It's now at 0.3s. 

Alonso slots into second

It's tight at the top - less than a tenth between the top three.

Current top 10

Verstappen, Hamilton, Alonso, Perez, Tsunoda, Sainz, Stroll, de Vries, Ocon and Russell.

Hamilton goes P1

The seven-time world champion is cooking again. Just 0.001s ahead of Verstappen.