2022 Monaco Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in second practice in Monaco after Ricciardo pulls out red flags

2022 Monaco Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Leclerc leads Ferrari 1-2 in second practice in Monaco after Ricciardo pulls out red flags

Charles Leclerc finished fastest in the second practice session ahead of the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, with Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez completing the top three on a hot day in the Principality.

Daniel Ricciardo was in the garage for the first 10 minutes of FP2 with McLaren working in the back of his car. Shortly after emerging, the Aussie pulled out a red flag after he lost the rear of the car and crashed into the pool barriers. The session resumed with less than 40 minutes to play.

WATCH: Daniel Ricciardo’s FP2 ends in barriers after crash at pool complex

Prior to Ricciardo’s start, Perez was fastest with a time of 1m 14.001s, while the Ferraris were the only pair to run strong at the start, with the rest starting on mediums. After the red flag the softs started to kick in and the attack against the clock began, with the numbers plummeting until Leclerc set the fastest lap in 1m 12.656s, his Ferrari teammate Sainz just 0.044s behind in P2.

That left Red Bull’s Perez third 0.379s ahead of Leclerc and Verstappen 0.447s behind his championship rival in P4.

Norris nearly missed at Turn 1 after setting a good lap for P5, 0.638s off the pace, with Mercedes’ George Russell a tenth behind in P6 having brushed his wheels at Turn 5, before complaining of a loss of power late on.

Pierre Gasly took seventh place for AlphaTauri as the last driver within a second of P1.

1


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

1:12.656

2


carlos
sainz
SAI
Ferrari

+0.044s

3


Sergio
Perez
BY
Running of the red bulls

+0.379s

4


Max
Verstappen
WORM
Running of the red bulls

+0.447s

5


lando
Norris
NEITHER
McLaren

+0.638s

Fernando Alonso was more than three-tenths off the AlphaTauri in eighth, with team-mate Esteban Ocon only clocking a lap good enough for P18 in the other Alpine.

Sebastian Vettel had an early near miss in the pool, almost mirroring Ricciardo’s crash but making a spectacular save to continue and finish ninth – AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda just 0.07 seconds to complete the top 10. Tsunoda and Kevin Magnussen, 11th, were investigated for an alleged dangerous junction and also an embarrassing incident in FP2.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from the first practice session in Monaco as Leclerc tops the timesheets

Lewis Hamilton finished 12th, almost a second behind team-mate George Russell, while Valtteri Bottas took 13th for Alfa Romeo. The Finnish driver had his MGU-K replaced after missing FP1, Bottas spending much of FP2 on medium tires – like teammate Zhou Guanyu in P15 – with Alex Albon separating the Haas riders in his Williams.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll took 16th ahead of Mick Schumacher, the Haas driver’s MGU-K and gearbox having been replaced for this session after his pit stop in FP1. Behind Schumacher were Ocon for Alpine and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in P19 – McLaren’s Ricciardo 20th, having failed to set a time.

FP3 and qualifying will take place on Saturday afternoon in Monaco, with Leclerc having led both practice sessions ahead of his home Grand Prix.

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Monaco GP 2022 FP2: Ricciardo ends his Friday race in the barriers after a heavy crash during second practice

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