2016 Monaco GP: Formula One F1 Practice Two Results - Ricciardo, Red Bull Romp!
By Mike Sulka
Monster lap from Red Bull! Daniel Ricciardo and his No. 3 Red Bull Racing Formula One F1 entry charged the Monaco Grand Prix circuit with a lap of 1:14.607! It was one of the fastest laps in Monaco since Michael Schumacher turned a race lap at 1:14.439 in a Ferrari in 2004. Ricciardo was also quick on long runs. Where exactly have the Bulls found the pace the last two Grand Prix weekends ?
Neither Mercedes could get close during the session. Lewis Hamilton's best attempt was a 1:15.213, while Nico Rosberg was at 1:15.506.
Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen was fourth quick, but nearly a second off his teammate's time.
Seven minutes in, the yellow flew for debris at the chicane off Romain Grosjean's Haas F1 entry. Grosjean lost it under braking, hit the barrier, but was able to return to pitlane.
The second yellow of the session was the result of Rio Haryanto (Manor) hitting the barriers. He would not continue due to significant damage.
It took another 25 minutes for the third yellow, but this time it was Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) with a trip in the run off area at Ste. Devote.
Just a few minutes later, Sebastian Vettel spun and was facing the wrong direction at Mirabeau after nudging the barriers. His Ferrari rear wing was damaged in the incident.
Next into the barriers was Kevin Magnussen (Renault) after a front lock-up.
Next up, the Formula One F1 series will complete practice session three ahead of qualifying for the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.
McLaren celebrates its Formula 1 heroes and history with 50th anniversary campaign
On May 22 1966, Bruce McLaren started a Formula 1 race in a chassis bearing his own name for the very first time.
The overweight and under-prepared M2B car only lasted nine laps before retiring with an oil leak, but the New Zealander had made his mark. The McLaren name would go on to become one of Formula 1 racingís most enduring and competitive marques so far, winning grands prix and world championships for legendary drivers Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.
In May 2016, 50 years later, McLaren once again heads to Monte-Carlo - the scene of the teamís debut - to mark its 50th anniversary in grand prix racing, celebrating the milestone with a host of online and social content that looks back at Monaco í66 and the teamís incredible legacy.
Renault Sport Formula One Team embarks on Admiral Yachts partnership
Renault Sport Formula One Team sets sail on an exciting new partnership with Admiral Yachts commencing at this weekendís Monaco Group Prix.
The partnership with Admiral Yachts sees branding on the teamís R.S.16s as well as technological collaboration between the two parties. Admiral Yachts is a member of The Italian Sea Group, one of the biggest conglomerate groups in the boating industry.
A Monza official has hit out at Imola, the former San Marino grand prix host that is reportedly shaping up as an alternative venue for Italy's annual F1 race.
With negotiations between Monza and Bernie Ecclestone about 2017 and beyond still dragging on, officials at Imola - a famous circuit east of Bologna - have already had sit-down talks with the F1 supremo.
Championship leader Nico Rosberg has now played down swirling speculation that he might leave Mercedes at the end of the season.
An Italian newspaper recently suggested talks with Ferrari have begun, with Germany's Sport Bild now claiming the 30-year-old is moving to push his retainer much closer to the many more millions earned each year by Lewis Hamilton.
2016 Monaco GP: Formula One F1 Practice One Results - Hamilton, Mercedes Quickest!
By Mike Sulka
A sea of yellow!! Despite an off, Lewis Hamilton led the first Formula One F1 practice for the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix with a lap of 1:15.537. Hamilton's only mistake was a slide off at Ste Devote, but he went for the run off, reversed and went back out on track.
Interestingly, the session ended on a red flag, Rosberg's Mercedes lost body work and took a puncture after hitting a loose drain cover, Jenson Button ran over the body work in his McLaren and suffered a puncture. However, Rosberg was second quick in the practice, but was not.
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was third quick and four tenths off Hamilton's pace.
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) raged over the radio, but was fourth quick followed by new Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen (Red Bull) who will someday be the King of the EU if all the hype continues.
The speeds were significantly quicker during the first session. This is the first weekend to use the Pirelli ultrasoft tyre.
The first yellow of the session was caused by Felipe Massa (Williams) as he crashed into the barriers at Ste Devote. The rear stepped out, and that was it. Boom. Although Massa walked away, he'll have much to think about, he crashed in the same spot of the track twice in 2013.
The second yellow was Esteban Gutierrez (Haas) who parked his chassis at Portier - apparently an engine issue. Four minutes later, Jolyon Palmer (Renault) hit the wall bringing out the yellow flags again.
Yellow four honors went to Felipe Nasr (Sauber) who also got it wrong at Ste Devote. He was able to spin around and continue. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) brought out the next yellow, same spot. He continued.
Next up, the Formula One F1 series will run practice session two.
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