Ricciardo beats lap record; Verstappen under investigation – FP1 Report

Hypersoft tyres reduce lap times at the Circuit de Monte-Carlo

Monaco Grand Prix – Daniel Ricciardo beat the Monaco Formula One circuit record to lead Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen – who is under investigation – at the Principality.

With Pirelli introducing the hypersoft tyre for the first time this season – a much more aggressive ‘qualifying’ tyre than last year – lap times tumbled throughout the session.

Despite the introduction of a softer tyre, many of the runners were capable of setting personal best lap times after multiple attempts on the same set.

The Australian’s 1:12.126 was faster than the previous circuit record, which was Kimi Raikkonen’s pole position lap time from last year’s event.

He edged team-mate Verstappen by 0.154 of a second, but the Dutchman ended the session still under investigation for an incident at turn one.

Following a lock-up into Sainte Devote, Verstappen reversed his Red Bull backwards onto the circuit. A Ferrari, which was approaching turn one at the time of Verstappen’s recovery, cut the inside of turn one, seemingly to avoid the Red Bull.

This was deemed an unsafe return to the track and the stewards are currently reviewing the incident.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ended the session in third place, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, who was just under one second adrift of the pace-setter.

Carlos Sainz put his Renault in P6, just ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, whilst Sergio Perez (Force India), Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin completed the top ten.

Sirotkin had a bizarre accident in the early stages of the session; he tagged the inside wall on the start-finish straight, which damaged his right-rear suspension.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean also fell victim to the compact circuit. He brushed against the barrier just before the Tabac corner, which caused some minor floor damage.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso only competed 16 laps and spent the majority of the session in the pits with a brake problem, whilst Haas’ Kevin Magnussen also had similar delays, registering just seven laps.

To view the full results from the session, click here.

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