Thursday, June 8, 2023

Sainz and Alonso start at the front in Monaco

If there is a race that Ferrari and Leclerc have marked in red on their agenda, it is Monaco. Charles, who wants to break his ‘curse’ at home and hopes to show off in front of his fans, although so far the fastest in the first free practice sessions in the Principality has been his teammate Carlos Sainz, with a time of 1’13″372. Madrid finished in front, ahead of Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), while the Red Bulls have not had such a spectacular start, with Checo Pérez, winner of the Principality a year ago, located in the provisional fourth position and championship leader Max Verstappen in sixth position.

Although the streets of Monaco are not the best setting to experiment, Mercedes It has introduced up to six important updates, with a B version of its W14 that definitively leaves behind its revolutionary and failed concept without sidepods to bet on aerodynamics more similar to that of Red Bull or Aston Martin.

In the premiere of the new ‘silver arrows’, Hamilton has come to dominate the first free session in Monaco and has finished with good feelings. On the contrary, his partner George Russell He has found himself very uncomfortable, as he has made clear to his engineers on the radio during the batch that opened the training sessions.

The less ambitious but necessary improvements that it incorporates also seem to work. Aston Martin this weekend: New front and rear suspension. Modifications to the brake ducts and a rear wing adapted to Monaco.

Those from Silverstone have chosen to include some of the novelties that they had prepared for Imola and that they could not put to the test when the event was cancelled. Emilia Romagna GP due to severe flooding last week. Alonso has set good times from the start and that, like the rest of the riders, has not resorted to the softer compounds.

A spectacular accident by Alex Albon, who has destroyed his Williams in a side impact against the wall, has caused the second red flag of the morning after the one carried out by Kevin Magnussen (Haas). The second, with 3.39 to go, forced us to anticipate the end of the session, so no one has improved their times. Waiting for the free seconds this afternoon (5:00 p.m.), the two Spaniards Sainz and Alonso rule in Monaco.

Monaco GP. Free Practice 1:

1. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 1’13.372

2. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) at 0.338

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) at 0.663

4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) at 0.666

5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) at 0.721

6. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) at 0.872

7. Lando Norris (McLaren) at 1,095

8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) at 1,213

9. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) at 1,281

10. Alexander Albon (Williams) at 1,294

11. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) at 1,346

12. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) at 1,353

13. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) at 1,448

14. Pierre Gasly (Alpine) at 1,494

15. George Russell (Mercedes) at 1,694

16. Nyck de Vries (AlphaTauri) at 1,711

17. Oscar Piastri (McLaren) at 1,820

18. Logan Sargeant (Williams) at 2,185

19. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) at 2,312

20. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) at 2,413


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