With this Stephen Ellen says goodbye (Twitter: Tweet embed) for the day from the live Formula 1 bar. Thank you for participating on Friday in Monaco. And I’d like to be back on Saturday when it’s time for the first big event of the weekend: qualifying at Circuit de Monaco. I’ll see you later!
Top facts about Formula 1 Friday in Monaco: here in our gallery to browse. For a quick tip at the end of a long training day.
Bottas annoyed by a series of failures in Alfa Romeo
For the fourth time in a row, Valtteri Bottas did not complete Friday’s training. This time, the misguided MGU-K held him back—and earned him a speeding fine for boot. “The MGU-K was still running and I couldn’t slow it down even though I was driving on the limiter,” he explains. “Unknown number!”
Bottas describes the fact that he was only able to ride part of the first practice session as “bad luck” and says, “I’ve already closed [Teamchef] Unique [Vasseur] I said I will not be in Baku until Friday evening. I don’t think we can afford too many accidents now because the season is long.”
But in the specific case, it was a “different problem” than the previous flaws. “We couldn’t do much there. But in Monaco you need every lap and with the traffic here you can’t get a lot of clean laps before qualifying.”
A place in the top ten should be possible for Alfa Romeo, Bottas ratings.
Ricardo: How did the accident happen?
How did McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo suffer his accident in the second free practice? So: “Maybe we wanted a lot more setup and we got over it. You don’t realize it until you try it. And it’s on my first one [fliegenden] The tour happened.”
It happened “quickly,” Ricciardo continues. “I was still trying to salvage the car, but I actually lost it at the start of Turn 13. I felt the car moving away from me. I couldn’t hold it then.”
He is sorry that he practically missed the entire second unit. “But I’m fine and we’ll be ready again tomorrow. It was a good morning, so we’ll build on that,” says Ricciardo. Lando [Norris] It sold well in the second training session. So yes, we can still resist.”
Tsunoda: Another warning and then a penalty!
AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda has received his fourth warning of the current Formula 1 season in Monaco. Another warning will automatically result in a change of ten positions back on the network. (Call up the current Penalty Points overview here!)
So far, Tsunoda has been noted by ‘unnecessarily slowing down’ in Melbourne and stopping Sebastian Vettel in the same spot and stopping Charles Leclerc in Bahrain. In Monaco, the Japanese driver caught Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen, who had to drive straight through the port.
“You wouldn’t normally issue a penalty like that for obstructing free practice, but this incident was serious enough,” Stewards said. [eine Verwarnung] pronounce.”
Tsunoda doesn’t see the situation quite as clearly as the sports commissioners and says, “From my point of view it is [die Hafenschikane] The only place to pass someone. And it’s hard to let anyone pass.”
Video: The moment Vettel was shocked in the pool
“It was a mistake,” says Sebastian Vettel. “I shouldn’t have run into it at this point.” “I think I got a little lucky there too. My heart rate definitely went up.”
Russell says Mercedes is ‘really hard to drive’
Even George Russell does not seem impressed by the level of Mercedes in Monaco on Friday. He says the car is “really hard to drive”. “These vehicles are mounted very rigidly. It’s not easy to push the car to the limit on a street circuit. This is one of the biggest difficulties.”
On the other hand, Ferrari moves over the barriers with ease. “We’ve already seen that at Imola,” Russell says. “He’s obviously playing for them at the moment and I’m not sure we can bridge that gap.”
Of course, Mercedes will try to improve the Silver Arrow setup overnight. “But I really don’t know what else we can do with the car,” Russell says. “We’re doing everything we can to make things easier on ourselves, to get more confidence. I don’t feel bad after Friday, but it could be better.”
Hamilton: Rebounding is ‘different’ than before
In Barcelona, the Mercedes was better than ever in the 2022 season. But in Monaco, the jump is back. What’s more, according to Lewis Hamilton, the effect is “contrary to what we have experienced before.” He explains, “It’s also happening at lower speeds now, so it’s not aerodynamic. It’s probably aggravated by the bumps on the track.” He had to “fight” to get a round. “And I can’t remember it being like this before. Your eyes are almost sticking out of your head.”
That is why Hamilton is preparing for a midfield position: “As expected, we are not as fast as Ferrari or Red Bull here. We have to try to stay ahead of McLaren at the moment.”