Hamilton fastest in P1 with Rosberg and Ricciardo behind in Monte Carlo

Mercedes duo is still in front of the field in the same order with Red Bull's Ricciardo behind them.

Despite all predictions and hopes, the tight and twisty Monaco GP layout didn't changed a lot in F1 field. The only thing that is notable is Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is a bit closer now, but still behind.

The first to set the pace in the first free practice was Nico Rosberg, who posted a lap time of 1:18.477. He was later moved one position in standings below his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who did a lap in 1:18.271, the time that kept him on the top spot until the session's conclusion. Even Nico's attempt of 1:18.303 failed to move the points leader down the charts.

Red Bull Racing drivers clinched third and fifth positions during the first try with the turbo V6 package at the Principality track. Ricciardo ws only 0.235s slower than Hamilton. The No. 1 car, driven by Sebastian Vettel was only fifth, while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso separated the Red Bull drivers with a lap of 1:18.930. Behind this pack was another Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

Drivers started utilizing their long run setups due to the possibility of a rain in FP2.

Young Russian talent Daniil Kvyat continues to prove that his team was right in having him take the big step from European F3 series to F1 - he was just 0.654s slower then his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, who posted a time of 1:20.260.

Last rows of a time-sheet as usual were occupied by Marussia and Caterham drivers, with Jules Bianchi in 19th place behind Kvyat, Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi in 20th and 21th respectively. The last one was Max Chilton who spun early on a new asphalt from Casino Square down to the tunnel.

In the middle of a field is a mix of Mercedes and Renault-powered cars. Bottas 7th, Perez 8th Magnussen 9th and Hulkenberg 10th, Button in 11th with Gutierrez behind, then goes two Lotuses of Grosjean and Maldonado, all these drivers placed their cars in second second behind leader. The first one that is more then 2 seconds behind is Williams' Felipe Massa with 1:20.517.

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