After closing out the first practice session as the fastest driver on Friday morning, Fernando Alonso is looking to double up in FP2 in China as Ferrari begins life after Stefano Domenicali who resigned as team principal on Monday.
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The first session at the Shanghai International Circuit on Friday saw limited running at times due to the low track temperature that made running less representative than normal. Mercedes opted not to push as much as normal, and despite finishing behind Alonso, Nico Rosberg is undoubtedly in the running to claim his second win of the season this weekend.
Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton hit trouble at the end of the first practice session, meaning that he could only finish down in eighth place. The team opted to end his session early in order to get the car fixed in time for the second session.
Red Bull will also be hoping to bounce back from a mixed first session, but Sebastian Vettel is only betting on a top five finish this weekend despite having history in China.
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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.
And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.
Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.
Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.