Mercedes powered away from its rivals in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton setting a time of 1:11.118 to top the timesheet 0.081s ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Silver Arrows’ closes rival in the session was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished more than seventh tenths of a second behind Hamilton.
Hamilton and Bottas set the early pace in the session, using medium compound Pirelli tyres, but were dislodged when Vettel bolted on a set of softs for his performance runs.
The German was only four hundredths of a second quicker than Hamilton’s medium-tyre benchmark and when the Mercedes duo move to the soft compound they swiftly regained the upper hand. First, Bottas took top spot with an opening run of 1:11.597. He and Hamilton then traded times until the championship leader eventually moved a narrow eight hundredths of a second clear with a lap Bottas had no answer to. Hamilton’s time left Vettel 0.763s down.
After seeing team-mate Max Verstappen run more a second clear of his best time in FP1, Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly has a much better afternoon session and took fourth place, less than a tenth behind Vettel. Verstappen fared less well and spent a large part of the session in the garage as his team investigated a suspected water leak. He ended up in P6 after rejoining the action late in the session.
It was a good outing for Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon, too. The Thai driver, who was on pole for the F2 feature race here last year, took fifth place in the second session of his first F1 weekend in Monaco with a lap of 1:12.031.
Kevin Magnussen was seventh Haas, ahead of the Alfa Romeos of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.
The top ten order was rounded out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque driver ended the 90 minutes some 1.2s off the pace after complaining of brake issues during the session.
2019 FIA Formula One Monaco Grand Prix – Free Practice 2
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 41 1:11.118
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 48 1:11.199 0.081
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 42 1:11.881 0.763
4 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing 39 1:11.938 0.820
5 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 51 1:12.031 0.913
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 17 1:12.052 0.934
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 54 1:12.174 1.056
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 51 1:12.239 1.121
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 51 1:12.342 1.224
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 42 1:12.350 1.232
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 51 1:12.392 1.274
12 Lando Norris McLaren 27 1:12.393 1.275
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 47 1:12.419 1.301
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 39 1:12.577 1.459
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 44 1:12.752 1.634
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 49 1:12.872 1.754
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 53 1:12.888 1.770
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 40 1:14.558 3.440
19 George Russell Williams 37 1:15.052 3.934
20 Robert Kubica Williams 45 1:15.146 4.028