Charles Leclerc

F1 News: Leclerc puts Ferrari on top in 2nd Monaco GP Practice

Charles Leclerc turned a lap of 1m11.278s in his #16 Ferrari to top the 2nd practice for the 2024 Monaco GP Formula 1 race.

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Leclerc’s time was nearly 2/10ths of a second faster than Max Verstappen’s pole lap last year.

After topping Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton backed it up with the 2nd best time in his #44 Mercedes, 0.188s behind Leclerc.

Hamilton never dominated at this track, but he has won here three times in his career. He certainly knows how to nail a lap around the streets of Monte-Carlo, and today has been one of his better Fridays. P1 in FP1, P2 in FP2.

Fernando Alonso put the Aston Martin third best, 0.475s behind the Ferrari of Leclerc.

Last year’s Monaco GP winner, Max Verstappen, could only manage the 4th best time, 0.535s behind in his #1 Red Bull.

Lando Norris rounded out the top-5 for McLaren, 0.675s behind Leclerc.

James Vowles said he was surprised with how hard the Red Bulls were hitting the ground out there. Do they need to adjust their ride height? Both drivers were complaining about jumping, with Perez calling the ride “horrendous.”

They turned things around last weekend after a difficult Friday, and they need to do similar here to be a factor tomorrow.

So, fastest on the mediums, then fastest on the softs and with only one rival within two tenths of a second. Leclerc looks quick, the car looks good and the Monegasque driver looks dialed in here. All of which bodes well heading into qualifying day tomorrow.

2024 Monaco GP Practice 2 Results

1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:11.278 +0.000s 36
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:11.466 +0.188s 31
3 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:11.753 +0.475s 36
4 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:11.813 +0.535s 36
5 4 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1:11.953 +0.675s 34
6 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:11.962 +0.684s 35
7 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 1:12.062 +0.784s 22
8 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:12.099 +0.821s 30
9 23 Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes 1:12.257 +0.979s 37
10 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:12.260 +0.982s 29
11 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB Honda 1:12.349 +1.071s 35
12 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren Mercedes 1:12.366 +1.088s 34
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:12.473 +1.195s 30
14 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:12.554 +1.276s 33
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas Ferrari 1:12.569 +1.291s 33
16 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB Honda 1:12.577 +1.299s 36
17 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine Renault 1:12.750 +1.472s 34
18 2 Logan Sargeant Williams Mercedes 1:12.790 +1.512s 35
19 77 Valtteri Bottas Kick Sauber Ferrari 1:13.057 +1.779s 30
20 24 Zhou Guanyu Kick Sauber Ferrari 1:13.773 +2.495s 31
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