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2024 Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton Fastest in First Practice

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Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver during the first hour of free practice for the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix.

The session started at lightning fast pace with all the drivers on track getting crucial early running under their belts with the threat of rain looming towards the end of the session. Most teams opted for the hard compound tyres, except Visa Cash App RB and Williams Racing who put their drivers on the mediums. 

The laps came thick and fast when the teams switched their drivers onto the soft compound tyres for the qualifying simulations. As usual around the streets of Monte Carlo, many drivers were forced to do multiple laps on their tyres to get the best possible time without traffic. 

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Hamilton ended the session at the top of the times, with a 1:12.169. Oscar Piastri was just behind the 7 time world champion and trailed his time by +0.029. George Russell rounded out the top three and a positive session for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team a further +0.097s back from Piastri.

Lando Norris ended the hour down in fourth. Charles Leclerc finished fifth, with his best time coming on the medium tyre – Scuderia Ferrari are yet to show their pace on the soft. Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll’s laps were good enough for sixth and seventh, while the RB duo of Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo finished within half a tenth of each other and inside the top ten. Carlos Sainz Jr. was tenth.

Oracle Red Bull Racing didn’t run the soft tyres, and ended down in eleventh and twelfth, Max Verstappen leading Sergio Pérez. Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen and Alex Albon finished inside the top fifteen. Nico Hülkenberg was fifteenth with Logan Sargeant just behind. 

Esteban Ocon ended the session in eighteenth. Zhou Guanyu demonstrated what can happen if you make just a small mistake around Circuit de Monaco, breaking his front wing on the exit of Turn 1. Pierre Gasly got limited running with a power unit issue and rounded out the field. 

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POSNODRIVERCARTIMEGAPLAPS
144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:12.16935
281Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:12.198+0.029s31
363George RussellMERCEDES1:12.295+0.126s35
44Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:12.396+0.227s33
516Charles LeclercFERRARI1:12.397+0.228s33
614Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:12.775+0.606s26
718Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:12.789+0.620s26
822Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:12.875+0.706s34
93Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:12.901+0.732s36
1055Carlos SainzFERRARI1:12.954+0.785s35
111Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:12.984+0.815s29
1211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:13.229+1.060s29
1377Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:13.248+1.079s28
1420Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:13.390+1.221s33
1523Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:13.425+1.256s34
1627Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:13.576+1.407s34
172Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:14.150+1.981s36
1831Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:14.159+1.990s33
1924Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:14.570+2.401s30
2010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:15.574+3.405s10
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