F1: Perez tops opening Monaco GP Practice

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, using the soft red tires, turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Monaco GP in his Red Bull Honda.  Perez, slowly coming to terms with his new Red Bull machine, turned a lap of 1m12.536s to nip the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr. by 0.119s.

Third was the #33 Red Bull Honda of Max Verstappen, 0.112s behind his teammate, but on the harder medium Pirellis.

Pierre Gasly was 4th fastest in his AlphaTauri Honda on the soft red tires while a sandbagging Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 for Mercedes on the medium rubber.

Lewis Hamilton will be on top when it counts

Traffic caused a fair amount of issues, a number of drivers kissed the wall and a few ran straight on at Turn 1. But only Leclerc was seriously hampered, a gearbox issue cutting his session very short indeed.

Daniel Ricciardo in the Gulf McLaren

Practice 1 Results

1 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m12.487s
2 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m12.606s
3 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m12.648s
4 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m12.929s
5 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m12.995s
6 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m13.131s
7 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m13.236s
8 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant 1m13.732s
9 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m13.746s
10 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m14.081s
11 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant 1m14.090s
12 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m14.106s
13 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team 1m14.205s
14 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m14.268s
15 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m14.281s
16 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m14.320s
17 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m14.616s
18 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m14.801s
19 George Russell GBR Williams Racing 1m14.881s
20 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow No time set