Sun. Nov 28th, 2021

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has gone fastest in Free Practice 1 ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mexican set a time of 1:12.536, just 0.119s ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Teammate Max Verstappen was third with a 1:12.648, just a tenth off Perez’s time. Perez’s time was set on the soft tyres with Verstappen setting his best on the medium compound.

Sainz however topped the session early on setting some quick laps on the medium tyres. The Spaniard did spend some time in the pits after clipping the wall and needing to come in for damage checks.

Home hero Charles Leclerc spent less than ten minutes on track at the beginning of the session. The Monegasque had to return to the pits with a gearbox failure and was unable to rejoin.

Pierre Gasly set the fourth fastest time in his Alpha Tauri, however it was a quieter morning for the Mercedes team with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas down in fifth and sixth, both separated by just a tenth.

McLaren’s Lando Norris was in seventh ahead of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin.

Yuki Tsunoda rounded off a good morning for Alpha Tauri setting the ninth fastest time, but the Japanese driver was 0.8s off his teammate.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, who had a lockup into Turn 1, rounded out the top ten.

Results (Classification):

  1. Sergio Perez, Red Bull 1:12.487
  2. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari +0.119
  3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull +0.161
  4. Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri +0.442
  5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes +0.508
  6. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes +0.644
  7. Lando Norris, McLaren +0.749
  8. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin +1.245
  9. Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri +1.259
  10. Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo +1.594
  11. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin +1.603
  12. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo +1.619
  13. Fernando Alonso, Alpine +1.718
  14. Nicholas Latifi, Williams +1.781
  15. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren +1.794
  16. Esteban Ocon, Alpine +1.833
  17. Nikita Mazepin, Haas +2.129
  18. Mick Schumacher, Haas +2.314
  19. George Russell, Williams +2.353
  20. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +7.131

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