2018 Monaco GP: Tough Thursday Practice for Alonso

Thursday Practice: Fernando Alonso

The Monaco Grand Prix weekend got underway traditionally on Thursday morning with Free Practice 1, it was all but smooth for Fernando Alonso, as he missed most of the first practice session with brake issues.

McLaren had to change the floor on Alonso’s car, costing him valuable track time.

Fernando appeared back on track later in the session, where he managed to set the 17th fastest time, with 16 laps to his name.

2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Practice One Results
1.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullTAG361’12.126 
2.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullTAG251’12.2800.154
3.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes341’12.4800.354
4.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari401’13.0410.915
5.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari381’13.0660.940
6.spain Carlos Sainz RenaultRenault401’13.4561.330
7.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes391’13.5021.376
8.mexico Sergio PerezForce IndiaMercedes391’13.7171.591
15.belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault371’14.2912.165
17.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault161’14.6372.511

Second practice provided a much calmer setting for McLaren, the Woking based team had no visible problems in the evening Monaco practice runs.

Fernando Alonso had to catch up on his FP1 programme, doing long-runs in most of the FP2 session.

McLaren left its qualifying simulation runs later than most and both Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso gradually climbed the timesheets to end up eighth and ninth respectively.

2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Practice One Results
1.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullRenault331’11.841 
2.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullRenault411’12.0350.194
3.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari421’12.4130.572
4.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes341’12.5360.695
5.finland Kimi RäikkönenFerrariFerrari361’12.5430.702
6.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes381’12.6420.801
7.germany Nico HülkenbergRenaultRenault301’13.0471.206
8.belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault401’13.0771.236
9.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault421’13.1151.274
10.spain Carlos SainzRenaultRenault341’13.2001.359

Fernando Alonso:

“A tough day. In the first session, I had an issue with the brakes and we lost most of the morning. That was quite disappointing because you need as many laps as possible around here to build up your confidence. The guys in the garage did a great job and the car was fully ready for the second session, when we were able to recover some of those lost laps.”

“Due to the track evolution, you drive one car in FP1, a different one in FP2, and an entirely new one in qualifying, where you are two seconds quicker. So it’s important to adapt – we need to be flexible. Qualifying here is 99 per cent of the race, so once you put a good lap together on Saturday, the race becomes a little bit easier.”

“There’s still more to come from us. Hopefully, we can put a good lap together on Saturday.”