Perez excels Sainz at the FP1 Monaco Grand Prix

Jakarta (medialnews) – Sergio Perez scored the fastest time in free practice for the first time since joining Red Bull at the FP1 Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday.

The Mexican racer clocked 1: 12.487 on soft tires when F1 returned to Monaco after canceling a race on the city-state highway circuit in 2020 due to the pandemic.

According to the official Formula 1 website, Carlos Sainz completed the first practice 0.119 seconds later than Perez to put Ferrari as the second fastest car with medium tires.

Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull car used medium tires and finished in P3, 0.161 seconds behind his teammate.

Pierre Gasly confirmed the speed of cars with Honda engines that day after finishing P4 for the AlphaTauri team and even beat two Mercedes, driven by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who finished P5 and P6 respectively.

Hamilton, who is 14 points ahead of Verstappen in the race for the top of the table, is about half a second behind Perez’s pace.

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Lando Norris continued his positive form trend at McLaren by finishing P7 a day after securing a multi-year contract extension with the Woking team.

Sebastian Vettel took Aston Martin to P8, ahead of AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen who completed the top ten.

Home driver Charles Leclerc had to finish training prematurely after his Ferrari SF21 suffered a gearbox failure after just three laps.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso hit the guardrail in the last corner and suffered damage to the front wing of his Alpine.

The pandemic hit 2020 marks the first time that Monaco has not held an F1 Grand Prix since 1954, but F1 returns to the streets of illustrious Monte Carlo this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton won the last race in Monaco in 2019 after enduring Max Verstappen’s attack.

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Monaco GP FP1 results
1 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 1: 12.487
2 Carlos Sainz Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1: 12.606
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1: 12.648
4 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1: 12.929
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1: 12.995
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1: 13.131
7 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 1: 13.236
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1: 13.732
9 Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1: 13.746
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1: 14.081
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team 1: 14.090
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1: 14.106
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine F1 Team 1: 14.205
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 1: 14.268
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren F1 Team 1: 14.281
16 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 1: 14.320
17 Nikita Mazepin Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1: 14.616
18 Mick Schumacher Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1: 14.801
19 George Russell Williams Racing 1: 14.881
20 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow No time registration

Reporter: Aditya Eko Sigit Wicaksono
Editor: Junaydi Suswanto

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