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Charles Leclerc leads a Ferrari 1-2 in the second practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix

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Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Charles Leclerc finished on top of the time charts at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix in the second free practice session (FP2). Carlos Sainz was in second position, 0.112 seconds behind. Lewis Hamilton was 0.390 seconds adrift of Leclerc’s time in third position.

The sixty-minute long free practice session started under cool conditions with the air temperature at 22 degrees C and the track temperature at 47 degrees C.

The Pirelli tyre choice at this race is the white-striped hard compound tyres (C3), yellow-striped medium compound tyres (C4), and red-striped soft compound tyres (C5).

Lando Norris went to the top of the time charts with a lap time of 1m14.997s. Carlos Sainz soon displaced him at the top on the hard compound tyres. Charles Leclerc who missed most of the first practice session set the fastest lap of the session.

Max Verstappen was soon setting fastest laps and set a lap time of 1m13.499s to top the time charts. As drivers kept improving their lap times, Hamilton set exactly the same lap time as Verstappen.

Then Hamilton with a lap time of 1m12.569s went 0.469 seconds faster than the previous time to move to the top of the time charts. Behind Hamilton and Verstappen, Sergio Pérez, Sainz, Pierre Gasly, Norris and Valtteri Bottas were jostling for positions.

Fifteen minutes into the session, Verstappen was within 0.232 seconds of Hamilton with Bottas in third position. Sainz who was in great form in the first practice session improved to second position behind Hamilton, just 0.180 seconds behind him.

Bottas improved to within 0.142 seconds of team-mate Hamilton at the top. Nicholas Latifi briefly brought out the yellow flags as he went off at the hairpin.

Bottas and Hamilton were soon on the soft compound tyres with Bottas leading the way with a lap time of 1m12.107s . Hamilton with a scrappy lap was 0.173s behind him.

With thirty minutes to go, the order was Bottas, Hamilton, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sainz, Verstappen, Pérez, Kimi Räikkönen, Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Latifi.

Sainz and Verstappen moved to the top of the time charts with their soft compound tyre runs.  Hamilton displaced Verstappen for second position 0.278 seconds behind Sainz.

Leclerc put in his best lap of the session which took him to fourth position, 0.297s behind Sainz. The Monégasque driver in his home race improved to top of the time charts with a lap time of 1m11.684s .

With fifteen minutes to go, the Ferrari drivers were on top of the time charts and the drivers started their race simulation. With less than five minutes to go, Mick Schumacher brought out the red flags as he hit the barriers at Massenet.

The session ended with Leclerc and Sainz leading the way from Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas. Norris was in sixth position even as his McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo languished in fifteenth position.

Gasly finished in seventh position for the Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda team. Yuki Tsunoda after a brush with the barriers did not take part in the rest of the session and was in last position.

Pérez after a good start to the session finished in eighth position. The Alpha Romeo Racing team drivers, Giovinazzi and Räikkönen finished in ninth and eleventh positions.

Sebastian Vettel led the way for the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team in tenth position even as Lance Stroll finished in thirteenth position. The Alpine F1 team drivers Fernando Alonso and Ocon finished in twelfth and fourteenth positions. The Williams Racing and Uralkali Haas F1 Team drivers brought up the rear of the field.

2021 Monaco Grand Prix Second Free Practice Results:

116Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1:11.68430
255Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari1:11.796+0.112s32
344Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:12.074+0.390s28
433Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1:12.081+0.397s27
577Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team1:12.107+0.423s32
64Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:12.379+0.695s24
710Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:12.498+0.814s28
811Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing1:12.708+1.024s24
999Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN1:12.746+1.062s28
105Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:12.982+1.298s26
117Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing ORLEN1:13.065+1.381s31
1214Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1:13.175+1.491s27
1318Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1:13.195+1.511s26
1431Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1:13.199+1.515s28
153Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1:13.257+1.573s26
1663George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1:13.509+1.825s32
176Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1:13.593+1.909s31
189Nikita MazepinRAFUralkali Haas F1 Team1:14.407+2.723s26
1947Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1:14.416+2.732s25
2022Yuki TsunodaJAPScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1:14.829+3.145s11
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