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Full Race Weekend LIVE Converage Monaco Grand Prix Monaco
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Last Updated at 12:49
28 May 15:48 Vettel wins in Monaco!
28 May 15:33 Then Stoffel Vandoorne hits the wall!
28 May 15:27 Stroll saying he has no brakes.
28 May 15:25 Massa pits and is back out.
28 May 15:24 Pascal says he is ok, just sitting uncomfortably. He's out the car!!
28 May 15:22 Safety car out ad Jenson Button also retires.
28 May 15:21 Is that Pascal! HOPE HE'S OK!!!!
28 May 15:20


28 May 15:17 Just 20 laps left of this race.
28 May 15:08
28 May 15:03 Hamilton finally pitted and is back in P7.
28 May 14:59 Lewis now in P6. 
28 May 14:59 Lewis is the only driver who hasn't pitted yet and going faster!
28 May 14:55 Kimi needs to find a miracle if he's going to get back into P1.
28 May 14:54 Ocon told he has a puncture on rear left.
28 May 14:54 Ai Max, cussing because Ricciardo has come in before him.
28 May 14:52 Vettel told to box. Bottas in P4.
28 May 14:52 Kimi back in P2 while Hamilton is in P7
28 May 14:52 Ricciardo in and out of pits. 
28 May 14:51 Vettel will prob keep this position. Ricciardo in P2.
28 May 14:50 On lap 37/78. Almost halfway in the race.
28 May 14:48 Vettel leading, Kimi back in P3.
28 May 14:47 Perez told his temps are critical. 
Finish So Vettel heads to Canada with a 25-point lead in the World Championship and Ferrari have a 17-point lead over Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship. Join us again in a couple of weeks in Montreal! Cheers.
Finish Palmer, Ocon and Perez are the only other race finishers.
Finish Bottas comes home in fourth and Verstappen takes fifth. Sainz holds off Hamilton for sixth. Grosjean, Massa and Magnussen complete the points finishes.
Finish Sebastian Vettel wins the Monaco Grand Prix to give Ferrari their first win in Monaco since 2001! Raikkonen makes it a 1-2 for the Scuderia while Ricciardo claims the final step on the podium.
Lap 78 Race leader Vettel has started his final lap...
Lap 76 Meanwhile, Hamilton is half a second off Sainz in P6 as he tries to collect a couple more valuable points.
Lap 75 Ricciardo, Bottas and Verstappen are all still tightly bunched together but there has quite simply been no window of opportunity for a potential overtake.
Lap 73 Stroll has also retired. We're now down to just 13 drivers after a hectic finish to this race.
Lap 72 Yellow flags in Sector 1 and 2 as a very aggressive Perez tries to slide up the inside of Kvyat at Rascasse. There's contact and the Russian has had to retire, while Perez has ruined his race with significant damage. He has dropped down to P13.
Lap 71 Meanwhile, out in front, Vettel has a 2.5 second gap to his team-mate Raikkonen in P2.
Lap 70 Seven laps remaining. In the battle for P3, Bottas is nine tenths behind Ricciardo and Verstappen is eight tenths off the Finn in P5.
Lap 69 Ricciardo looks to have recovered and now Bottas is having to fend off Verstappen who is on the quicker tyres.
Lap 68 And there goes McLaren-Honda's first World Championship point. Vandoorne is into the wall at Turn 1 after Perez put the pressure on to claim P10.
Lap 67 Here we go! Vettel and Raikkonen fly away but Ricciardo tags the barrier the exit of Turn 1 and Bottas and Verstappen are all over the back of him. The Aussie is just about holding on!
Lap 66 Safety Car coming in this lap, 12 remain.
Lap 65 Lapped cars are now being released. One of those lapped, Marcus Ericsson hits the wall at Turn 1 with cold brakes and cold tyres and becomes the latest retirement. Out comes the crane.
Lap 64 And Wehrlein is now out of the car to a big round of applause. Verstappen has used the Safety Car appearance to pit for some faster tyres as he tries to undo the poor decision to pit him early.
Lap 63 Indeed they have. Button tried a very ambitious overtake on the exit at Portier and flipped Wehrlein up onto his side and into the barrier. Thankfully, Wehrlein is fine and is waiting to jump out of the car.
Lap 62 And Jenson Button's return has ended with retirement. We still await to see the incident but it looks like the two have come together.
Lap 61 Safety Car! Wow! Pascal Wehrlein is on his side at Portier! That looks really, really nasty.
Lap 60 A few potentially interesting battles as we approach the dying stages: Ricciardo, in P3, is still applying the pressure on Raikkonen, Verstappen is within six tenths of Bottas in the battle for P4 and Hamilton is on the back of Sainz for P6.
Lap 58 The track is in fact breaking up at Turn 1. It doesn't look too bad, though, with just 20 laps remaining.
Lap 55 Ricciardo is now just 1.8 seconds away from a very quiet Raikkonen. The Aussie has arguably been the Driver of the Day with his very impressive pace. He has been a man on a mission all afternoon.
Lap 54 There is a manhole cover on the exit of Turn 1 causing a bit of an issue. It has led to a couple of punctures and the drivers are being told to give it a wide berth.
Lap 53 Ricciardo, in P3, is actually closing in on Raikkonen now. On his latest lap, he was 1.5 seconds quicker than the Finn.
Lap 51 Vettel's lead out in front is now 10 seconds. This has quickly turned into a demoralising afternoon for Raikkonen.
Lap 48 As it stands, with 30 laps remaining, Vettel would open up a 25-point lead to Hamilton at the top of the World Championship standings, the equivalent of one race victory.
Lap 47 Hamilton finally comes in for his pit stop and staying out longer has worked out very well for him, too. He lost just one place whilst new tyres were fitted and re-emerges in P7.
Lap 46 Vandoorne now does pit and comes out in 10th. Whisper this, but McHonda are on for their first point of the season...
Lap 44 Vettel has a whopping 5.8 second lead on Raikkonen.
Lap 43 Lots of questions being asked about why Raikkonen pitted to cover off Bottas and Verstappen when neither were in his pit window. All very convenient to get World Championship leader Vettel into the lead.
Lap 42 Red Bull: "Daniel has jumped us, unfortunately." Verstappen: "What a **** ****ing disaster."
Lap 41 Hamilton is up to P6 at the moment but is yet to pit.
Lap 40 Now Vettel pits and gets back out ahead of Raikkonen! We have a new race leader! He opened up a 20 second gap and staying out that little bit longer has clearly worked given Vettel's progress and Ricciardo's jump too.
Lap 39 Ricciardo pits and gets the jump on both Bottas and Verstappen for P3!
Lap 38 And now Vettel sets a new fastest time - a 1:15.5 - and has almost pulled out enough of a gap to get back out ahead of Raikkonen when Vettel pits. The Finn needs to put his foot down!
Lap 37 Ricciardo is absolutely flying all of a sudden and sets three fastest laps on the spin. He could well have Bottas and Verstappen in his sights once he makes his pit stop.
Lap 35 In comes race leader Raikkonen for some new supersoft tyres. A nice stop for the Finn but all eyes on Vettel now as he tries to up the pace and create an overcut opportunity.
Lap 33 And in comes Bottas for his stop. Can he get back out ahead of the Dutchman? Yes he can! But only just! The longer pit stop for Verstappen has ultimately cost him a chance at the undercut.
Lap 32 Red Bull are trying the undercut on Bottas with Verstappen. "Push hard now," Bottas is told on team radio as they look to cover him off.
Lap 31 Raikkonen has opened up the gap again to 1.8 seconds after negotiating the early tricky traffic.
Lap 28 A close shave for Verstappen, who is looking for his first finish in Monaco after two previous retirements, at the Swimming Pool section. He misses the apex but thankfully misses the wall. He is still running in P4.
Lap 27 Finally the blue flags wave for Button and the Ferraris finally get past. That hold-up has brought Bottas back into the mix as he was gaining almost a second a lap whilst Raikkonen and Vettel struggled for pace and room.
Lap 26 Vettel is closing in at a real rate now. He is within one second of Raikkonen as he struggles to get through the traffic.
Lap 25 "The car is all over the place," says Hamilton. He is 1.3 seconds away from Kvyat in P9.
Lap 24 Raikkonen is losing time and that is because he is about to reach the back-markers: Wehrlein and Button.
Lap 23 Speaking of Perez, he is 0.6 seconds away from Stroll in P15. Could we be treated to a rare overtake? The Mexican will have to be incredibly brace to pull a move off around here!
Lap 21 With Perez's need to pit after a broken front wing, Hamilton now finds himself in the top 10.
Lap 20 A flickering of yellow flags but the stewards have finally got Hulkenberg's car completely out of harm's way. He begins the long old slog back to pits; he could not have stopped the car any further away!
Lap 19 Vettel is chipping away at Raikkonen's lead. He eats away another half a second to bring the gap down to 1.5 seconds.
Lap 18 Sergio Perez takes a chance with pit stop but he loses valuable time as his front wing needs changing after picking up some damage on the opening lap.
Lap 16 There's a long trail of oil through the Casino section but we stay at yellow flags for now. No suggestion that we will get a Virtual Safety Car.
Lap 15 Major gearbox problem for Nico Hulkenberg as the smoke plumes out of the back of his Renault. He is the first retirement of the race.
Lap 14 We're starting to get into that all-important pit window. A lot of the midfield are ready and waiting to take the blankets off their fresh tyres.
Lap 13 A five-second timed penalty for Wehrlein following an unsafe release from his pit crew. At the moment it will put him dead last.
Lap 11 This has quickly turned into a procession. Vettel, though, does put a little pressure on the race leader with some decent improvement in Sector 2 and 3.
Lap 8 Raikkonen sets a new fastest lap and has already put a five second gap between himself and Bottas in third. Ferrari are flying!
Lap 6 "Our race comes later," Hamilton is told on team radio as he complains about the difficulty of getting close to Kvyat in P11. Looks like the Brit is going to run and run and run before coming in for his pit stop.
Lap 5 There was very nearly a coming together between Wehrlein and Button at the exit of the pit lane. "Is that not an unsafe release?" questions Button and indeed the stewards are going to take a look at the incident.
Lap 4 Raikkonen has already pulled out a 1.3 second gap to his team-mate and Bottas, in third, is cruising clear of the two Red Bulls in pursuit.
Lap 3 Wehrlein and Button both pitted on the opening lap and going to try something a little different to rest by now going to the end of the race on their new tyres.
Lap 2 Kevin Magnussen has gained two places to get himself into the top 10. Lewis Hamilton has also made slight progress rising to P12.
Lap 1 Go! Go! Go! Lights out! Raikkonen gets away very well, as does Vettel and both are already pulling away from the rest of the field. The two Red Bulls make slight contact at Turn 1 but there's no harm done. Everyone through unscathed!
13:59 The formation lap is done, but not before Fernando Alonso wishes Jenson Button luck over team radio. "I'm going to pee in your seat!" jokes Jenson.
13:58 A quick look at the tyre choices: Everyone is on the ultrasofts, bar Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson who are on the supersofts.
13:54 There will be 78 laps around the streets of Monte Carlo this afternoon.
13:48 The drivers gather at the front of the grid, firstly for a minute's silence in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester and then the national anthem.
13:41 There's a suggestion that Ferrari will want to try and swap Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel around given the German's World Championship lead and Lewis Hamilton's lowly starting position. We'll see!
13:30 The pit lane is now open. A steady stream of cars are leaving the garage for their first spin around this wonderful circuit. It's another beautiful day in Monaco with track temps already creeping up to 50 degrees.
13:20 In terms of race strategy, the main dilemma facing the teams today is when they get their one and only pit stop out of the way. Lap 1 and go to end of the race or wait until the inevitable Safety Car?
13:15 And, of course, what about Lewis Hamilton all the way down in P13? He was seriously struggling for pace throughout qualifying and his last chance of reaching Q3 was ruined by Vandoorne's crash at the Swimming Pool section. He is aiming to get some precious points today but realises just how difficult overtaking will be at this unique circuit.
13:13 Both McLaren drivers got inside the top ten. But Stoffel Vandoorne will start P12 due to the penalty carried over from the Spanish Grand Prix, while Jenson Button is now having to start from the pit lane McLaren opted to change his set-up post qualifying. He was due to start at the back of the grid anyway after feeling the effects of Fernando Alonso's constant engine changes.
13:09 The two Red Bulls follow next on the grid, but last year's pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo was fuming with his P5 slot after a "stupid, silly" timing error put him in traffic and ruined all chance of a second flying lap.
13:05 Kimi Raikkonen rolled back the years in qualifying with his first pole position since 2008. But just four hundreths of a second separated him, team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas in a thrilling Q3 session.
13:00 Hello and welcome to the jewel in the Formula 1 crown: the Monaco Grand Prix. The lights will go out in one hour.
Finish Thanks for following our live coverage. Join us again for the big race on Sunday at 1400 local time.
Finish Q3 order: 1 Raikkonen, 2 Vettel, 3 Bottas, 4 Verstappen, 5 Ricciardo, 6 Sainz, 7 Perez, 8 Grosjean, 9 Button, 10 Vandoorne (no time).
Finish Kimi Raikkonen takes pole position! His first since 2008!
14:01 Bottas misses out by 0.045s in third and Verstappen is three tenths down in fourth!
14:00 Vettel has one last crack at trying to topple his team-mate and they are stride-for-stride through the first sector...But he can't find any extra and is 0.043s slower, slotting in P2.
13:59 Button posted a 1:13.709 on his run which was ninth fastest but he will start last due to his 15-place penalty.
13:59 Bottas sets a personal best but it is only enough for P2 at the moment as Raikkonen goes even quicker!
13:58 Grosjean goes sixth, ahead of Perez, Sainz and Button on his one and only run in Q3.
13:53 Bottas goes P4. Mercedes, so far, simply have no answer to Ferrari or even Red Bull this weekend.
13:53 Vettel looked on course to knock his team-mate off top spot but something went amiss and finds himself seven tenths behind in P3. Daniel Ricciardo is currently splitting the two Ferraris.
13:50 Another very competitive time from Raikkonen who sets the benchmark with a 1:12.296 to take provisional pole.
13:47 With track temp at a sweltering 50 degrees, overheating rear tyres have proven to be the biggest bug bear so far this afternoon. A thrilling Q3 now awaits!
13:46 Welcome to the top 10 shoot-out, minus Lewis Hamilton! Well, well, well. We can make it a top nine as there is no way Vandoorne's car will be able to go again. It has been well and truly crushed on the exit at the Swimming Pool section.
13:41 Out in Q2: Kvyat, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Hamilton, Massa. Wow!
13:39 Vandoorne has hit the wall! Yellow flags! And that has completely ruined Hamilton's final attempt and is out of Q2!
13:37 The Mercedes W08 is seriously misbehaving as Hamilton goes for his first attack lap. He almost loses it through the Casino section. He then hits traffic and is told he has "one more bite at the cherry" with just one minute of the session remaining.
13:35 Hamilton on his out lap now as he frantically tries to stitch a clean lap together to reach Q3. Raikkonen, meanwhile, goes purple in all three sectors to put half a second between himself and Verstappen now.
13:34 Verstappen splits the Ferraris in P2, just 0.008s behind Raikkonen. And look at this from McLaren-Honda: Vandoorne and Button in P6 and P7 respectively!
13:33 Hamilton is down in P13 and is currently in the drop zone. "I need to pit," he says. "Something is not right with the car. With just seven minutes remaining he is in big trouble here!
13:31 Another spin out for Grosjean who is carrying far too much speed into Turn 1.
13:30 Meanwhile, Raikkonen and Vettel are back at the top of the standings. The former in P1 with a 1:12.780.
13:28 Wow! That was seriously close from Lewis Hamilton as he almost crashes into the exact same spot that Lance Stroll did on Thursday. More evidence that the Mercedes is seriously struggling through the corners.
13:25 Green light! We'll lose another five drivers in this session ahead of the top 10 shoot-out.
13:23 We're all set for Q2, so Red Bull-Ferrari-Ferrari-Red Bull at the top of the standings in Q1 with Mercedes really lacking traction through the tight and twisty corners.
14:21 Out in Q1: Ocon, Palmer, Stroll, Wehrlein, Ericsson. Time to make the jump over to Q2.
14:20 Grosjean keeps his composure and drags himself out the elimination zone just after the chequered flag begins to wave. He goes P12 and sends his compatriot Ocon into the drop zone.
14:18 Ericsson is definitely out now. He has come to a stop and reports his car is "broken".
14:17 Stoffel Vandoorne flies up to P6, just three tenths off the pace-setter Verstappen.
14:16 Two minutes left. Currently in the drop zone: Grosjean, Stroll, Palmer, Wehrlein, Ericsson.
14:15 Just half a second separates the top eight as Sainz, Perez and Magnussen all find improvement with their latest laps.
14:13 Oooh, a very close shave as Romain Grosjean spins out at Mirabeau and, facing the wrong way, almost collides with Carlos Sainz. The stewards may have a little look at that incident...
14:12 And Ocon is out of the garage and on track. Phenomenal work from his mechanics to get the car back out there. He drags himself out of the drop zone with his second timed lap.
14:11 Marginal gains from both Verstappen, who grabs top spot again, and Vettel who now splits the Red Bulls. Valtteri Bottas is currently down in P5, while Hamilton, in P9, is complaining about overheating rear tyres.
14:09 Eight minutes of the session remaining and the only driver yet to post a time is Esteban Ocon as his mechanics continue to work on his car following his FP3 crash.
14:08 Make that a Red Bull 1-2 now as Ricciardo finds an extra 0.050s to go top. The RB13 looks particularly strong through the middle sector.
14:07 And now Max Verstappen shoots to the top of the standings with a 1:13.278. That's just 0.011s quicker than Vettel!
14:06 A nice lap from Jenson Button, who has a 15-place grid penalty to contend with after feeling the full force of Fernando Alonso's engine changes. He is, though, within nine tenths of Vettel to put him comfortably into the top 10.
14:04 Vettel immediately finds another two tenths to leapfrog his team-mate into P1. Mercedes are still struggling on pace a little as Bottas and Hamilton are both half a second slower in P3 and P4 respectively.
14:03 The Ferrari duo are the first to show on the timesheets: Kimi Raikkonen goes top with a 1:14.296 and Vettel is just 0.065s behind in second.
14:01 15 cars are straight out on track as the mad scramble for some precious space begins.
14:00 We have green lights. Let's go!
13:58 With overtaking so incredibly difficult at this prestigious track, this qualifying session is arguably the most important one of the season. 7 out of the last 10 pole-sitters have gone on to win on Sunday.
13:47 A bit more on Ricciardo's brake-by-wire issue from Christian Horner: "We identified quite quickly what the problem was. Thankfully he kept it out the barriers at Ste Devote. It's a brake line that looked like it got chafed so hopefully a relatively straightforward recovery."
13:40 The biggest incident from FP3, though, was Esteban Ocon's crash on the exit of the Swimming Pool chicane inside the last 10 minutes of the session. His mechanics do appear to be winning the race, however, to get him back out for qualifying.
13:37 Red Bull have shown some signs that they could disrupt the top of the order a little. Max Verstappen in particular has been racing on the limit since FP1 began, but there was a setback for team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who suffered a brake by wire issue in FP3.
13:34 This morning's FP3 session saw Ferrari, and more specifically Sebastian Vettel, pick up where they left off from Thursday afternoon with some blistering pace around this iconic circuit. The fastest we've ever seen, in fact. Mercedes have been in a spot of bother since FP1 but they will no doubt turn up the wick to try and stop Ferrari from locking down the front row here.
13:30 Hello and welcome back to our live coverage for the all-important qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Q1 gets underway in 30 minutes.
12:01 FP3 ends with a 1-2 for Ferrari, Vettel ahead of Raikkonen, and Bottas is third. Hamilton is P5 and Ricciardo has a brake-by-wire failure. Join us in two hours for qualifying.
12:00 The chequered flag is out on FP3.
11:59 Just one minute remaining in this session, bit of a downer ending.
11:56 Green!
11:55 An up it goes thanks to a handily located crane. Welcome to Monaco.
11:54 The Virtual Safety Car is out as the marshals wrestle Ocon's car from the barrier. A crowbar helps and you can only imagine how Force India are cringing at this.
11:53 He clipped the Armco barrier, broke the steering, flew over the kerb and went nose first into the barrier. He is okay.
11:52 Oh, and that is Esteban Ocon and that is the barrier. Nose first at the exit to the Swimming Pool chicane.
11:49 At the back of the field are Sauber, again. Wehrlein is 3.5s down with Ericsson 0.040s shy of his team-mate's best. If this was qualifying, Hulkenberg, Stroll and Palmer would also be in the dropzone.
11:47 Bottas' hot lap puts him P3 but he is over four-tenths slower than Vettel. Hamilton's trying again but again he backs off.
11:43 Vettel's on another purple lap and he lowers the benchmark to a 1:12.395.
11:42 Hamilton backs off as he again fails to make any inroads on Ferrari's times.
11:40 Vettel goes purple in the first sector, Raikkonen is doing personal bests, and Hamilton fails to improve on his first attempt. Vettel is purple in the second, Raikkonen goes quickest and Vettel takes it off him with a 1:12.558.
11:37 Vettel, Raikkonen and Hamilton are all out on new tyres. Ultrasofts of course.
11:33 Lap 13 on his ultras and Verstappen jumps up to second place, 0.050s down on Vettel.
11:31 Ricciardo is on a better lap, personal best through sectors 1 and 2. He goes P5, 0.584s off the pace. The top three, Vettel; Raikkonen and Hamilton; are all back in the pits.
11:30 Over on Hulkenberg's side, he is out putting in the laps but doesn't seem at all happy with his Renault as he twitches his way around the tight twisty circuit. He is P16, not what Renault wanted or expected.
11:29 Palmer has covered just 10 laps so far today and is out the car, digging his way through mounds of telemetry. There doesn't, however, appear to be anything wrong with the car.
11:26 Toro Rosso impressed on Thursday and are putting in a repeat performance as Kvyat jumps up to fifth place, 0.6s off the pace.
11:23 While Ricciardo has a few issues, Verstappen sticks his nose into the battle going P4.
11:21 Sparks and a lock up for Ricciardo into Turn 1 puts him down the escape road.
11:20 P1 for the German with a 1:12.890.
11:19 Hamilton goes quickest but immediately loses it to Raikkonen. The new benchmark is a 1:13.013. But here comes Vettel and he's purple and purple...
11:17 An improvement from Vettel sees him move up to second place, 0.035s down on Raikkonen's best.
11:14 Now here comes Vettel, Thursday's pace-setter. He is, however, down through the second sector. Vettel goes P4 behind Raikkonen, Bottas and Hamilton . Romain Grosjean has a lock up and uses the Mirabeau escape road.
11:13 Raikkonen goes quickest in the Ferrari with 1:13.5
11:10 Here comes Hamilton on the ultras... but he backs right off in the final sector. Stroll has managed to do a timed lap without meeting the barriers and slots into sixth place.
11:09 McLaren-Honda have changed the MGU-H and turbocharger on Jenson Button's Fernando Alonso inherited car. That's a 15-place grid penalty for the race.
11:06 Valtteri Bottas is on a flier on the ultrasoft tyres and he is up in the first sector. up in the second - with a 278.1 in the speedtrap - and he goes quickest. A 1:15.2 for the Mercedes driver.
11:04 P1 for Jolyon Palmer. The Renault driver is desperate to make up for lost track time after an engine failure in FP2 meant he covered just 8 laps that session.
11:04 P1 for Jolyon Palmer. The Renault driver is desperate to make up for lost track time after an engine failure in FP2 meant he covered just 8 laps that session.
11:02 It is a very dirty track out there especially after yesterday's enthusiastic parties around Casino Square and other places. Softs for most expect the Sauber drivers who have opted for the ultras.
11:01 Pascal Wehrlein, Kimi Raikkonen and Marcus Ericsson lead out the field of drivers as FP3 gets underway under beautiful blue skies.
11:00 Green light and off we go...
10:56 The big questions ahead of FP3 is can Mercedes rediscover their pace; could this be Red Bull's weekend and what about McLaren and the returning - but just for a one-off - Jenson Button.
10:52 Track temperature is up to 36'C.
10:45 Esteban Ocon brushed the barriers as did a few others but it was Lance Stroll who had the only proper crash. He lost the rear of his car at the top of the hill and crashed into the barriers before sliding down to Casino Square. He later told reporters: “It really pisses me off, because every time I play the PlayStation game, it’s always those corners that I couldn’t get right, and in reality it’s still those two corners! So that’s the focus for Saturday, a bit more time in the car in FP3 and still build up to a few parts of the track.”
10:39 Vettel's time, a 1:12.720, was a new lap record around the Monte Carlo street circuit which features a few changes. Not only have parts of the track been resurfaced and the Armco barriers ramped up but there's also a new kerb at the Swimming Pool. So far it has caught out Max Verstappen, who damaged the floor of his RB13 in FP1.
10:34 Ferrari set the pace on Thursday with Sebastian Vettel quickest of all while Mercedes struggled. Lewis Hamilton was down in eighth place, one position ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
10:30 Welcome back to Monte Carlo. After a fashion show Friday, meet and greet with the rich and famous, it is back to work for the Formula 1 drivers with final practice and qualifying taking place today.
15:31 That's it for now, join us on Saturday for final practice for the Monaco GP and that all-important qualifying hour. Cheers.
15:30 Chequered flag is out and FP2 is over with a Vettel P1, 0.487s up on Ricciardo. Button proves one can overtake at Monaco as he ends the session on a high.
15:29 Final laps as the chequered flag is about to fall...
15:27 A brilliant run from Vettel who has shown great consistency in his long run.
15:24 Drama in the pits with Raikkonen and Sainz unhappy with each other. Sainz accuses the Ferrari driver of "blocking" him.
15:19 Hulkenberg's P17 is being blamed on him missing this morning's session. Apparently he is struggling with balance and tyres.
15:17 Vandoorne and Button are P11 and P12, separated by just 0.04s.
15:15 Not a great afternoon for Sauber who remain bottom of the timesheets. Both Ericsson and Wehrlein are just shy of 3 seconds off the pace.
15:10 Ricciardo heads back into the pits. He has covered 23 laps this season and remains P2, 0.487s down on Vettel's best.
15:08 Used tyres and heavy fuel loads are the order of the moment as the drivers prepare for Sunday's race.
15:06 Stroll have made the mandatory visit to the medical centre and is walking back to the Williams garage. Data time for the rookie.
15:03 Raikkonen heads straight back into the pits, practices a start from his box, lays down some rubber, and off he goes.
15:01 A rush to get out with Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Hamilton in the queue.
15:00 30 minutes on the clock and we are green...
14:58 Replays show Stroll's impact with the barrier was also very close to an impact with the marshals. That is not the safest set-up every seen.
14:57 You have to love the Monaco marshals. Red flag, over the barrier they go, crane comes out and Stroll's car is out the way already. Brooms at the ready, debris swept up and we should be back to green before very long.
14:54 Red Flag! The Williams is stuck in the barriers but thankfully Stroll is out of the car and seems to be fine. He lost the rear at the top of the hill before sliding into the barriers.
14:53 We have a Virtual Safety Car as Stroll has crashed at Casino Square.
14:51 Vettel ups his pace, taking 0.039s off his previous best. Ricciardo improves but stays second.
14:48 Ultras for Vettel and a new Pi1 with a 1:12.759. That is half a second faster than Ricciardo's best.
14:47 Stroll has lost "general" grip, same complaint that Massa made a few minute.
14:46 Top ten: Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Kvyat, Sainz, Verstappen, Vettel, Perez, Hamilton, Magnussen and Bottas. Vettel is the only driver still on the supersoft tyres.
14:45 Vettel's not too fazed by the chicane after the tunnel, locks up and bounces over the kerbs.
14:44 Ultras on for Hamilton and he goes P8, 0.593s down. Bottas is P9.
14:42 Magnussen in the Ferrari-powered Haas is leading the speedtrap times with a 285.9. Bottas is second.
14:41 Another lap, another improvement from Raikkonen but he loses P3 to Sainz. The Toro Rosso driver joins his team-mate at the front of the timesheets with a 1:13.400.
14:39 Raikkonen has swapped to the ultras and moved up to third place, 0.2s behind Ricciardo. Vettel, who is P5 and in the pits, has yet to make the swap.
14:35 The Sauber drivers, Wehrlein and Ericsson, are last on the timesheets with both having had incidents out on track.
14:32 This time around Ricciardo fails to improve his time. He is on his ninth lap on the ultras.
14:30 Ricciardo is the final driver to set a lap time and slots into fifth place. He ups his pace to take P1 off Kvyat with a 1:13.280.
14:29 Personal best for Button puts him up to 14th place. He reports: "It's just getting used to the car again - it feels very different."
14:26 Verstappen is up in the first sector but gets it wrong, mounts the kerbs at the Swimming Pool and has to back off.
14:25 Vettel is finally out on track and jumps up to fourth place on the supersoft tyres.
14:22 Palmer on foot. Now there's a sight we've seen a few times this season. Poor lad. He confirms it was "engine related."
14:20 Hamilton has a why go around when you can go over the new huge bumps at the chicane. Verstappen is up to second and ducks and weaves his way around traffic. Massa is up to eighth and Bottas goes P4.
14:17 Ericsson meets the wall at the exit of Casino Square. He caught the kerb at the exit, went into a half spin and looks to clip the barrier with the left rear tyre. He pits for a quick check up. And on that news, Ocon escaped with no damage in his incident.
14:16 Wehrlein joins the action so now we are just waiting for Button, Ricciardo and Vettel. And with that Button leaves the pits.
14:14 Hamilton has joined the action but seems to be running a high fuel load as he's is seven seconds down, as is Bottas. Kvyat ups the pace, purple in the first sector, and the second, and the third. A 1:13.331 for the Russian driver. And on his seventh lap on those ultras.
14:13 Toro Rosso 1-2, Kvyat leads Sainz by 0.168s. They are on the ultras.
14:12 It is a Renault, and a "stop the car" message. Nothing new there folks. Palmer's afternoon is over with smoking coming from the rear of the car.
14:11 Bottas heasd out of the pits on the supersoft tyres. We have yet to see Hamilton or Vettel with work going on over on Vettel's side of the Ferrari garage.
14:10 Ocon is back in pits for a quick check on the car.
14:09 A moment for Ocon, who lost control and whacked the Armco barrier sideward. He is still going. While he does that, Kvyat goes quickest with a 1:14.0 on the ultras.
14:06 P1 for Vandoorne. If only the timesheets could call it quits now for McLaren, what joy they would feel!
14:05 Magnussen down to a 1:14 while Grosjean ups his pace and Raikkonen slots into third.
14:03 A mix of ultrasofts and supersofts as Hulkenberg and Ericsson head out followed by Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean, Jolyon Palmer, Kimi Raikkonen, Stoffel Vandoorne and Ocon. And a time on the board from Grosjean, a 1:16.7.
14:01 A relaxed start to the session for Vettel, who is chatting with his old Red Bull team - surrounded by a million cameramen of course.
14:00 The pit lane light is green and the clock begins to count down on FP2, a 90-minute session.
13:55 Track temperature is 38'C as we are five minutes away from the start of FP2.
13:49 Jenson Button was back behind the wheel of an F1 car for the first time in six months, he finished P15 with a 1:14.954.
13:46 Nico Hulkenberg and Marcus Ericsson missed out on some valuable time, with neither able to set a timed lap. The former had a problem with the ERS, while Ericsson encountered a gearbox problem at the very start of the session.
13:40 Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat in a session that saw the top ten, Hamilton to Esteban Ocon, separated by exactly one second.
13:38 Championship protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were the fastest two riders this morning with the Mercedes driver on top with a 1:13.425, which put him 0.196s up on the Ferrari.
13:30 Welcome back to Monte Carlo for the second of Thursday's two practice sessions. Have to keep reminding myself it is Thursday, not Friday. Wives tales have today's sessions today because of tea parties, markets, meetings and public holidays. All we know is it's Thursday and that means there is more time to soak up the Monaco atmosphere on Friday's off-day.
11:30 The timesheet remains undisturbed and there is the checkered flag with Hamilton leading Vettel and Verstappen. Join us again for FP2 in two hours and 30 minutes. Cheers!
11:27 Scrap that, Hamilton and Bottas both fancy one last crack at this iconic circuit before the checkered flag.
11:25 Vettel is the latest to miss the apex at Turn 10. Meanwhile, it looks like Hamilton and Bottas are done for this morning, they are both being wheeled back in with five minutes of FP1 left.
11:22 Almost a coming together between Verstappen and Perez, who was on a hot lap. The Dutchman cut right across him!
11:19 Verstappen finds a little extra and it is enough to shunt Bottas down to P4. He is within three tenths now of Hamilton.
11:15 Heart in mouth moment for McLaren-Honda as Button's car suddenly goes into neutral. A sigh of relief when it is revealed that Button accidentally pressed a button on his steering wheel.
11:13 Steady improvement from Verstappen after his earlier problems. He is up to P5 and is fourth tenths off Hamilton's time. In fact, the top ten are covered by one second exactly.
11:11 Yellow flags for a brief moment as Grosjean overshoots the braking point at Turn 1. He is quick enough to save the car from going into the barrier, though.
11:08 Hamilton's 1:13.425 is the fastest ever lap on this configuration of the Monaco circuit. Two tenths quicker than Ricciardo's pole time from last year.
11:06 17 drama-free laps for the returning Button thus far. He is back out on the track now with Lap 18 on ultras. He goes quicker but is still propping up the rest at the bottom of the timesheets.
11:04 Looks like Red Bull have got to the bottom of Verstappen's problems. He is about to head out again after a floor change.
11:00 Vettel is closing in on Hamilton as he gets to within one tenth of his title rival with his latest lap.
10:55 Confirmation from Sauber that Ericsson will not be able to set a time in this FP1 session as it will take longer than the 30 minutes left to fix the gearbox problem.
10:53 Vettel kisses the barrier at Turn 16 and wants the team to check for any damage. If anything he has taken the Pirelli marking off his front right tyre.
10:49 Vettel is now back out on a fresh set of ultras.
10:45 Bottas and Hamilton have both leapfrogged Vettel at the top of the standings. Hamilton goes eight tenths quicker than the German with a 1:13.429 and Bottas is a shade under four tenths behind in P2.
10:43 Still no sign of Hulkenberg and Ericsson. The former has a problem with the ERS, while Ericsson has no fourth gear and the floor has also had to come off.
10:41 Bottas has also made an early switch and is just +0.012s slower than the pace-setter Vettel. Hamilton is +0.066s behind in P3.
10:40 It's time for the drivers to hand back their first set of tyres and make a mid-session switch. Hamilton has changed to the ultras early to take full advantage of a virtually empty track.
10:37 More information on Verstappen: the floor of his car is damaged and needs replacing.
10:34 There is something amiss with Verstappen's RB13. He is out of the car and the mechanics are taking the floor off. Aerodynamic guru Adrian Newey is casting his beady eye, too.
10:32 Carlos Sainz was battling with the traffic but is now just six tenths off the pace after finding some clear pace. He is on slower soft tyres compared to the ultras of Vettel and Ricciardo ahead of him.
10:30 Nico Hulkenberg and Marcus Ericsson are the only drivers yet get on the board as Kimi Raikkonen goes P3 after recovering from a little lock-up.
10:24 Vettel shoots to the top of the standings with a 1:14.289, six tenths faster than Ricciardo who also finds some improvement on the ultrasofts to skip up to P2.
10:21 Button is blowing the cobwebs away with his first few laps. He is the only driver on the soft tyres so he is trying to play catch-up with a longer stint in first practice.
10:19 Verstappen misses the apex at Turn 11 and is told a little later on radio that he has a "potential right rear puncture".
10:17 A little bit of debris on track as Romain Grosjean, in the new-look Haas, tries to thread his way through the Swimming Pool section. Doesn't look to be any lasting damage though.
10:11 Bottas is already looking dialled in this morning. He goes purple in all three sectors and sets a new fastest time of 1:15.408. Hamilton goes P2, six tenths behind.
10:09 Bottas finds another half a second on his next lap. Meanwhile, Lance Stroll is eager to get some miles under his belt as he tackles Monaco for the first time. There are currently just five drivers out on track with Daniel Ricciardo the latest to join.
10:07 Bottas knocks Verstappen off top spot with a 1:16.852. 2.5 seconds quicker than Verstappen and 2.7 seconds faster than Hamilton who has just put down his first proper lap.
10:05 Bottas quickly follows and slots into P2, a tenth slower on the soft tyre compound. Hamilton is also on the softs but he is obviously just feeling out the track as he is currently 3.3 seconds off the pace.
10:03 Max Verstappen has the first time on the board: a 1:19.424 on the ultrasofts.
10:00 And the pit lane light goes green with Vettel leading a small train of cars on their installation laps.
09:56 We're almost set. It was a little misty at the track but the sun is beginning to shine through now. Track temp is currently 27 degrees with a gentle breeze swirling around.
09:45 We will also be getting our first glimpse of Jenson Button in a Formula 1 car again after ending his sabbatical (briefly) to cover for Fernando Alonso, who is putting the final preparations together for the Indianapolis 500. Button admitted himself that he has crashed into the port twice in the simulator. Hopefully a repeat will not happen this morning...
09:40 Lewis Hamilton, six points behind Sebastian Vettel in the World Championship, said he wants his rival at his "absolute best" to also bring out the best in him. And here, in Monaco, with the wider cars on these narrow streets, nothing but perfection will do this weekend.
09:30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the crown jewel on the Formula 1 calendar: the Monaco Grand Prix. The first practice session at this iconic circuit gets underway in 30 minutes.
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.456 1:44:44.340 1
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.958 3.145 1
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:16.697 3.745 1
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.826 5.517 1
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.041 6.199 2
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:17.974 12.038 1
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.771 15.801 1
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.964 18.150 1
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:19.061 19.445 2
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.941 21.443 2
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:18.184 22.737 1
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:17.988 23.725 3
13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:14.946 39.089 3
14 Lance Stroll Williams 1:16.075 7 LAPS 3
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:19.569 7 LAPS 1
R Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport RETIRED 63 LAPS 0
R Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren RETIRED 12 LAPS 1
R Pascal Wehrlein Sauber RETIRED 21 LAPS 1
R Marcus Ericsson Sauber RETIRED 15 LAPS 1
R Jenson Button McLaren RETIRED 21 LAPS 2
Driver Standings
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.178 - 5
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.221 0.043 5
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.223 0.045 5
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.496 0.318 5
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:12.998 0.82 5
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:13.162 0.984 5
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.329 1.151 5
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:13.349 1.171 6
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.613 1.435 5
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 3
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.516 1.285 2
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:13.628 0.848 3
Driver Standings
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.231 - 3
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.449 0.218 3
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.697 0.466 3
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.901 0.67 3
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.011 0.78 3
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:13.203 0.972 4
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:13.249 1.018 3
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:13.397 1.166 3
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.430 1.199 3
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.453 1.222 4
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.516 1.285 3
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:13.628 1.397 4
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:13.959 1.728 4
14 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14.106 1.875 3
15 Felipe Massa Williams 1:20.529 8.298 4
15 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:14.101 1.023 1
Driver Standings
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13.078 - 1
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.090 0.012 1
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:13.117 0.039 1
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.219 0.141 1
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.325 0.247 1
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:13.476 0.398 2
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:13.526 0.448 1
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.530 0.452 1
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:13.531 0.453 2
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.640 0.562 1
11 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.723 0.645 2
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:13.786 0.708 2
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:13.787 0.709 2
14 Felipe Massa Williams 1:13.796 0.718 2
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.899 0.821 1
16 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:14.101 1.023 1
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:14.696 1.618 2
18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:14.893 1.815 1
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:15.159 2.081 2
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:15.276 2.198 1
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.395 - 5
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.740 0.345 6
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.830 0.435 6
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.940 0.545 3
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.230 0.835 6
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.392 0.997 2
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:13.400 1.005 4
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.563 1.168 3
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:13.596 1.201 4
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:13.805 1.41 4
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.936 1.541 4
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.976 1.581 6
13 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:14.072 1.677 2
14 Felipe Massa Williams 1:14.072 1.677 3
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:14.283 1.888 3
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:14.547 2.152 4
17 Lance Stroll Williams 1:14.675 2.28 3
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:15.164 2.769 3
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:15.291 2.896 5
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:15.863 3.468 5
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.720 - 7
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.207 0.487 3
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:13.283 0.563 7
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.331 0.611 4
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:13.400 0.68 4
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13.486 0.766 4
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.799 1.079 4
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.873 1.153 6
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:13.890 1.17 4
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.902 1.182 7
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:13.946 1.226 6
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.981 1.261 4
13 Felipe Massa Williams 1:14.003 1.283 2
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:14.022 1.302 4
15 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:14.093 1.373 5
16 Lance Stroll Williams 1:14.474 1.754 1
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:14.870 2.15 4
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:15.616 2.896 0
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:15.691 2.971 4
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:15.695 2.975 2
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.425 - 8
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.621 0.196 7
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13.771 0.346 3
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.791 0.366 8
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.854 0.429 4
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:14.111 0.686 4
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:14.164 0.739 7
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:14.201 0.776 4
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:14.333 0.908 4
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:14.425 1.0 4
11 Felipe Massa Williams 1:14.617 1.192 5
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:14.813 1.388 5
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14.870 1.445 5
14 Jenson Button McLaren 1:14.954 1.529 5
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:15.321 1.896 5
16 Lance Stroll Williams 1:15.595 2.17 10
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:15.949 2.524 6
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:16.258 2.833 5
19 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 3
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 2
21 Alex Lynn Williams 0
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