Monaco: Hamilton edges out Rosberg in opening practice

Monaco practice begins before an off-day on Friday
Monaco practice begins before an off-day on Friday

Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap of 1m15.537s in opening practice for the Monaco GP.

Using Pirelli's ultra-soft tire for the first time he was just half-a-second slower than last year's pole position time even though the track is not rubbered in yet. That time was 2-seconds faster than opening practice last year.

Hamilton finished a tenth of a second quicker than Rosberg, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel next up and 0.419 seconds back – an eternity at Monaco.

They were then followed by Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, with Ricciardo enjoying the benefit of the new Renault engine, along with Kevin Magnussen.

The session was red-flagged with three minutes to go as it emerged a drain cover had worked loose near Ste Devote, causing punctures to the left-rear of Rosberg's car and the front-right of Jenson Button's McLaren after hitting debris.

Renault's Jolyon Palmer also brought out the virtual safety car, crashing into the barriers at Tabac, finishing 20th and over three seconds down, ahead of only Manor pair Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein.

Results

Pos Driver Car/Engine Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m15.537s 0.000s 31
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m15.638s 0.101s 39
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m15.956s 0.419s 26
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.308s 0.771s 29
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.371s 0.834s 30
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m16.426s 0.889s 37
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.560s 1.023s 34
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.697s 1.160s 28
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m16.912s 1.375s 24
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m17.130s 1.593s 39
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m17.562s 2.025s 44
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m17.599s 2.062s 33
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.838s 2.301s 27
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m17.909s 2.372s 25
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.920s 2.383s 26
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.187s 2.650s 29
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault/Renault 1m18.274s 2.737s 34
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.301s 2.764s 33
19 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m18.746s 3.209s 10
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 1m18.871s 3.334s 22
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m20.528s 4.991s 28
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m20.868s 5.331s 25

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