Practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, Formula One World Championship race, May 26, 2023. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands.
Monaco – Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the opening practice sessions for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix at the city's famous circuit. While Sainz beat Aston Martin's Spanish compatriot Fernando Alonso by 338 thousandths of a second in the first session, reigning world champion Verstappen edged home Ferrari's Charles Leclerc by 65 thousandths of a second in the afternoon races. Defending champion Sergio Pérez of Red Bull was fourth and seventh.
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The opening session ended three minutes early due to a crash by Williams' Alex Albon. Twenty minutes before the end, practice was also stopped after the accident of Nic Hülkenberg from the Haas team, who hit the barrier behind the tunnel and spun. Verstappen finished sixth and was not satisfied with the car's setup.
In the second practice, however, the 25-year-old Dutchman returned to the lead and, thanks to a time of 1:12.462, just surpassed Leclerc, who will aim for a third pole position in a row in Monte Carlo . The afternoon races were also interrupted for a few minutes due to Sainz's accident.
The Monaco Grand Prix program continues with Saturday's third practice, followed by qualifying from 16:00. The main race will be held a day later at 15:00.
Practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, Formula 1 World Championship race:
First training: 1. Sainz (Sp./Ferrari) 1:13.372, 2. Alonso (Sp./Aston Martin) -0.338, 3. Hamilton (Brit./Mercedes) -0.663, 4. Pérez (Mex. /Red Bull) -0.666, 5. Leclerc (Mon./Ferrari) -0.721, 6. Verstappen (Netherlands/Red Bull) -0.872.
Second practice: 1 .Verstappen 1:12.462, 2. Leclerc -0.065, 3. Sainz -0.107, 4. Alonso -0.220, 5. Norris (Brit./McLaren) -0.444, 6. Hamilton -0.498.