Mercedes back with ‘an unbelievable amount of jump’
Lewis Hamilton complained of an “incredible amount of rebound” during the session, and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also sees this as a fundamental problem for the silver stock in Monaco.
At ‘Sky’, Wolff said after practice: “Sometimes it’s a mixture of aerodynamics and stiffness. Today it’s stiffness. But our car seemed to run. We were fast. Maybe not at the end with the solid tires when we simulated long distances but overall it looks like That we own a good car. It’s indestructible.”
His team can now only work “on the setup” and hopes to make the car more comfortable for drivers.
Hamilton also requested padding for his elbows during the unit because he was constantly hitting the cockpit. Wolf: “If things go faster with him, he’ll have all the pillows he wants.”
Ralf Schumacher: Mick is being courted!
According to Ralf Schumacher, his nephew Mick Schumacher does not need to worry about the sporting future in Formula 1. Even in his second year, Mick “has value in Formula 1” and there are many teams that care about German youth, according to Ralf Schumacher. It’s not just an Aston Martin, he says.
What is also talking about Mick Schumacher is the “German component”, with two German brands making their way into Formula 1 with Porsche and Audi as engine suppliers, but not until 2026. But the topic is already gaining momentum, says Ralf Schumacher: “There is a lot going on now.” [Im] In August and September it really goes.”
Video: The Schumacher incident
How Mick Schumacher got off earlier and why alpine driver Fernando Alonso was also involved in the freak accident at the start of the pit lane: a scene from the first free training session in the video!
Our colleagues at Motorsport Images have done it again and have uploaded more images into our system that are well worth a look. You can now find highlights of your first free training session in our Formula 1 photo gallery – so take a look now!
Red Bull is ‘confident’, even without the best time
Ferrari is well ahead, but Red Bull is “satisfied” with the position of the chase, Helmut Marko says on Sky. He explains: “Max [Verstappen] He set his time on the first lap by an average. It certainly wasn’t the fastest way. Then he misjudged and we decided not to continue chasing the times.”
The small gap ahead of Ferrari shows that Red Bull is “on the lead” in Monaco, Marko continues. And: “We look forward to everything with confidence.”
It’s getting worse for Schumacher…
Ralf Schumacher believes his nephew Mick Schumacher’s technical problems in the first training session are just the start of a tough weekend.
On ‘Sky’, the former Formula 1 driver said: “He needs every meter on this particular track, but the setup process is also lost. Now you have to drive with compromise again.”
“The biggest problem is: On a track like Monaco, you have to get better, you’ll get used to it slowly, you can take a risk in the end. Mick got that completely wrong. It’s more difficult now.”
Big problems in Bottas and Alfa Romeo
“Everything has to fit just right,” Valtteri Bottas said a few hours ago at the press conference. Almost nothing went right in training: Bottas managed only two sessions with no time, so he practically missed his first full free training session.
This was due to an unspecified “technical issue” with the Alfa Romeo C42. “As a result, we had to completely remove the rear end to track down the problem,” Alfa Romeo reports. And there was not enough time in training to troubleshoot the error.
Ferrari leads in first free practice
The first free practice session in Monaco and Ferrari finished ahead: Charles Leclerc set the best time with a time of 1:14,531 minutes. P2 went to Sergio Perez in Red Bull ahead of Carlos Sainz in second Ferrari and championship leader Max Verstappen in Red Bull second.
Sebastian Vettel made it into the top ten at Aston Martin, but not Mick Schumacher after a technical flaw. There were no major accidents after braking.
Get the full training result here!
Perez is too fast in the pit lane: Fine
Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has been fined 300 euros. Because at the start of his first free training session in Monaco, he was measured at 63 km/h instead of the permitted 60 km/h. This is the first rule violation this weekend.
First driving photos from Monaco
The first half ended in Monaco. And we have the first driving pictures in the Formula 1 photo gallery. So take a look there!
McLaren’s Lando Norris is currently ahead of Max Verstappen at Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, who continues to complain loudly about the rebound. Also problems with Lance Stroll: He scolds on the radio like a reed sparrow and says, “I don’t have a grip on the front axle and he gets in, otherwise I’ll crash.”
Get current information in the live session bar!
Mick Schumacher’s red flag
The first free practice session was interrupted by a red flag: Mick Schumacher stands at the entrance to the hole lane with his Haas VF-22. “Sorry I’m closing the entrance,” the German said on the radio after reporting a gearbox problem and told him to get back in the pits.
First quarter of the hour: Verstappen leads
Max Verstappen in front of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, then Daniel Ricciardo. This is the situation ahead after the first quarter of the hour in the first free practice. Get current information in the live session bar!
Williams driver Nicholas Latifi is only driving now, fifteen minutes behind the two starting drivers. That’s a difference of 12 laps, and that’s a lot in Monaco.
But not everyone runs smoothly: Lewis Hamilton complains of an “incredible amount of jumping” in his Mercedes, already shorted in his sleek pool. Alpine man Esteban Ocon says he can’t brake in the tunnel because the car “wants to go everywhere”.
There was no accident yet, there were only a few people who braked without consequences.
Technical problems in the TV picture
The first few minutes of Friday’s training are also marked by transmission problems with the global TV signal. Why is this important? Because in Monaco, the local promoter produces the TV pictures himself, not Formula 1, unlike other racetracks. This is also a point of contention over whether or not Monaco has a future in Formula 1. The current contract between the emirate and Formula 1 expires after the 2022 Grand Prix.
Now LIVE: The first free training session in Monaco!
Driving operations begin in Monaco: at 2 pm the track opens for the first free practice session. Drivers have 60 minutes to get used to the street circuit.
Current information, lap times and impressions of the vehicles on the track can be found in our live session tape, which my colleague Norman Fisher will be responsible for this weekend.
It’s also helpful to stay in touch in the live stream bar in the ring at this point: for highlights from the free practice and, above all, for comments and ratings afterwards.
And we’re already referring to our video analysis of Friday’s training in Monaco: Tonight from 7:30pm. Christian Niemervall and Kevin Schoren will be at the start of the YouTube live to provide all the important facts and answer users’ questions.
Rosberg meets Hamilton in the elevator
Two Formula 1 world champions meet at their adopted home in Monaco in an elevator. This is how Nico Rosberg describes his confrontation with former team-mate Lewis Hamilton:
“He came in and looked like he was still in pajamas. Was looking forward to the race weekend. I had my kids with me and I was on my way to the pool, and was on my way to the track. The daily planning looks completely different!”