2024 Monaco GP FP2: Leclerc Tops Practice Two From Hamilton

Home hero Charles Leclerc set the pace during a busy FP2 second practice in Monaco, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.


By Ben Bush
Updated on May 25, 2024

Charles Leclerc Ferrari FP2 2024 Monaco Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari goes fastest in FP2 for the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc ended Friday at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix on top, setting the fastest time during the second practice session. The Ferrari driver looking poised for a strong weekend at his home race.

After a briefly interrupted FP1 session—due to red flags caused by Zhou Guanyu touching the barriers—the drivers were eager to hit the track as FP2 began, with Lewis Hamilton leading a queue from the pit lane.

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Amid traffic issues for some, early concerns arose at Mercedes when George Russell reported vibrations through his steering wheel. Max Verstappen also faced difficulties, complaining of headaches from his Red Bull “jumping like a kangaroo.”

After the initial laps, Leclerc comfortably topped the timesheets, setting a benchmark of 1m 11.573s on the medium compound. Many drivers then switched to the soft tyre, with Leclerc besting Verstappen’s time by half a second.

Drivers were pushing as the session wore on, with Yuki Tsunoda, Oscar Piastri, and Max Verstappen among those clipping the walls, though all escaped without significant consequences. Meanwhile, Hamilton put himself within two-tenths of Leclerc’s fastest time.

Leclerc’s lap of 1m 11.278s remained unbeaten for the rest of the hour, with Hamilton having a solid outing in P2 ahead of Fernando Alonso in third for Aston Martin. Verstappen, who had a minor run-in with Yuki Tsunoda in the latter stages and felt blocked by the Japanese driver, took fourth place.

Lando Norris led McLaren in P5, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in P6. Lance Stroll claimed P7 for Aston Martin, followed by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in P8, who had earlier reported issues with the ride of his RB20.

Alex Albon and George Russell rounded out the top 10 for Williams and Mercedes, respectively, with Tsunoda slotting his RB in 11th. Piastri, who did not run the soft tyre on his McLaren during the session, finished in 12th.

Kevin Magnussen set the 13th fastest time for Haas, with Esteban Ocon following in 14th after lightly brushing the barriers in his Alpine later in the hour. Haas’s Nico Hulkenberg took 15th place, while former Monaco winner Daniel Ricciardo finished 16th in the RB.

After limited running in FP1 due to a wastegate issue, Pierre Gasly could only manage P17 for Alpine. He was followed by Williams’ Logan Sargeant in P18, who was among the first to clip the barriers during the session.

The Sauber duo of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu brought up the rear in P19 and P20, respectively. Neither driver used the soft tyre, similar to the RB pair.

Monaco GP FP2 Results

2024 Monaco Grand Prix FP2, 24 May 2024

116Charles LeclercFerrari1:11.27837
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:11.466+0.188s32
314Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:11.753+0.475s37
41Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:11.813+0.535s37
54Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:11.953+0.675s35
655Carlos SainzFerrari1:11.962+0.684s36
718Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:12.062+0.784s22
811Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:12.099+0.821s31
923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:12.257+0.979s38
1063George RussellMercedes1:12.260+0.982s30
1122Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT1:12.349+1.071s36
1281Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes1:12.366+1.088s35
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:12.473+1.195s31
1431Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:12.554+1.276s34
1527Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:12.569+1.291s34
163Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT1:12.577+1.299s37
1710Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:12.750+1.472s35
182Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:12.790+1.512s36
1977Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:13.057+1.779s31
2024Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:13.773+2.495s32

Source: formula1.com

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