Vettel on top at the end of Thursday practice

Things were a little different today as practice for the Monaco grand prix was move to Thursday rather than the usual Friday running.

It was Hamilton that topped FP1 with Vettel just behind 1 tenth behind Verstappen, Bottas and Ricciardo followed. Both drivers beat Ricciardo’s pole time from 2016 of a 1:13.622.

Not much happened during the opening session with everyone keeping it out of the barriers despite a few brushes with them. Other than that Grosjean locked up at Ste Devote, spinning round before re-entering the circuit.

Vettel, Wehrlein, Verstappen and Magnussen all went over the chicane whilst Palmer went wide at Mirabeau.

The Toro Rosso’s put in a surprising performance to go 6th for Danill Kvyat, his team mate was in 8th. The Force India’s of Perez and Ocon came 8th and 10th.

The returning Jenson Button was 14th despite this being the first time he had driven a 2017 car.

 

Practice 2 was a little more eventful.

Vettel was on top as the Mercedes drivers fell down the order in 8th and 10th. The German smashed last years pole with a 1:12.2 in the end.

Ricciardo was next with Raikkonen just 5 tenths behind the championship leader.

The Toro Rosso’s again surprised this time Kvyat and Sainz were 4th and 5th respectively. The next Red Bull of Max Verstappen and Perez followed.

Whereas FP1 was fairly subdued FP2 was anything but.

The Williams of lance Stroll hit the outside barrier at Massenet causing a red flag, five minutes later the session was resumed

Ericsson and Ocon both had close calls with the barrier and both manged to save their slides preventing damage.

Vandoorne was in 11th with Button just behind by 4 hundredths of a second.

Palmer had an early end to his day with an engine failure causing the RS17 to blow a lot of smoke.

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren at Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday 25 May 2017. © Sutton Images

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