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Daniel Ricciardo beats the Mercedes F1 drivers in Monaco FP2, Ferrari struggles

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Daniel Ricciardo beats the Mercedes F1 drivers in Monaco FP2, Ferrari struggles
May 26, 2016, 2:56 PM

Daniel Ricciardo beat the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to the fastest time in the second Formula 1 practice session for the Mon...

Daniel Ricciardo beat the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to the fastest time in the second Formula 1 practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Rosberg and Hamilton had traded places at the head of the pack during the early running before Ricciardo used Pirelli’s ultrasoft tyre to move to top of the times after 20 minutes.

The Australian, who has finished fourth four times out of the first five races of 2016, then improved his best time to sit comfortably quickest after the early flurry of on-track action.

Daniel Ricciardo

The field then switched to long runs for the middle part of the session before many drivers attempted another qualifying simulation at the halfway stage.

Riccardo, who is running the upgraded version of the Renault power unit this weekend, lowered the best time to 1m14.607s, which stayed as the fastest lap until the end of FP2.

Hamilton reportedly encountered traffic on his flying lap and finished 0.606s behind the Red Bull driver in second place, while Rosberg was also unable to get close to Ricciardo’s time with his own ultrasoft effort and ended up almost one second adrift of the best time in third place.

Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen was one of a number of drivers to lock up and run wide at St Devote, but the Dutch driver, who won last time out in Barcelona, did not take to the escape road on that occasion. The 18-year-old’s best time was good enough for fourth fastest, 0.964s behind his teammate.

Toro Rosso also enjoyed a strong session, as Daniil Kvyat headed Carlos Sainz in fifth and sixth respectively. Kvyat was visibly frustrated by Felipe Massa at one point around the halfway stage of the session as he encountered the Williams driver going slowly at the Rascasse corner while on a quick lap.

In seventh place, Kimi Raikkonen was the best of the Ferrari drivers after a disappointing session for the Scuderia. The Finn’s best time was 1.433s slower than Ricciardo and he also had problems with braking at St Devote and at the chicane at the exit of the tunnel.

Sebastian Vettel

Sergio Perez was eighth fastest, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who crashed twice on his way to ninth in the second Ferrari. First the four times world champion spun under braking for Mirabeau and hit the barriers with the rear of his car hard enough to damage his rear wing.

Once that had been repaired Vettel did venture out on the track again but as he used the ultrasoft tyres with 20 minutes of the session remaining he carried too much speed into St Devote and clipped his left rear wheel against the barrier on the exit of the corner, which forced him to pit for a new set of tyres.

Jenson Button was one of many drivers to lock up and straight-line the chicane at the exit of the tunnel during FP2 as the McLaren driver eventually rounded out the top ten.

Jenson Button

Nico Hulkenberg was 11th in the second Force India, just ahead of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez.

Valtteri Bottas ended up 14th for Williams, one place ahead of Romain Grosjean, who crashed under braking for the chicane early on in the session.

The Frenchman lost his car under braking and he speared into the outside wall with his right front, damaging the front wing and also sustaining a rear right puncture as the car spun around, but he was able to recover to the pits.

Romain Grosjean

Massa finished 16th after missing the first part of the session as Williams repaired the damage to his car following the Brazilian’s big crash at St Devote in FP1.

Kevin Magnussen was 17th fastest for Renault, but the Dane suffered a strange accident where he locked up at the final corner went straight into the barrier at low speed.

Marcus Ericsson was 18th for Sauber, with Jolyon Palmer 19th in the second Renault. The Briton completed 24 laps despite missing the first hour of FP2 as his mechanics worked to fix the damage his car sustained in a crash during the morning session.

Jolyon Palmer

In the other Sauber, Felipe Nasr ended up 19th ahead of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Werhlein.

Although Haryanto beat his Manor teammate to the 21st fastest time, he only completed 10 laps before crashing heavily at the chicane, which brought out one of three Virtual Safety Cars.

The Indonesian was another driver to lose his car under braking for the left hander but he lost the rear end dramatically and slammed into the inside barrier at the apex of the turn before coming to rest in the middle of the run off area just in front of Hamilton’s Mercedes, which had been following behind.

Rio Haryanto

Monaco FP2 results:

1 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 1m14.607s, 40 laps

2 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1m15.213s +0.606s, 36 laps

3 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1m15.506s +0.899s, 48 laps

4 Max Verstappen, Red Bull 1m15.571s +0.964s, 42 laps

5 Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso 1m15.815s +1.208s, 53 laps

6 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 1m15.981s +1.374s, 54 laps

7 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1m16.040s +1.433s, 38 laps

8 Sergio Perez, Force India 1m16.120s +1.513s, 48 laps

9 Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 1m16.269s +1.662s, 40 laps

10 Jenson Button, McLaren 1m16.325s +1.718s, 46 laps

11 Nico Hulkenberg, Force India 1m16.487s +1.880s, 49 laps

12 Fernando Alonso, McLaren 1m16.723s +2.116s, 43 laps

13 Esteban Gutierrez, Haas 1m16.782s +2.175s, 40 laps

14 Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1m16.849s +2.242s, 47 laps

15 Romain Grosjean, Haas 1m16.874s +2.267s, 23 laps

16 Felipe Massa, Williams 1m17.286s +2.679s, 42 laps

17 Kevin Magnussen, Renault 1m17.530s +2.923s, 29 laps

18 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 1m17.562s +2.955s, 39 laps

19 Jolyon Palmer, Renault 1m17.761s +3.154s, 24 laps

20 Felipe Nasr, Sauber 1m17.999s +3.392s, 49 laps

21 Rio Haryanto, Manor 1m18.647s +4.040s, 10 laps

22 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor 1m18.814s +4.207s, 46 laps

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