Max sixth after Monaco FP2: 'Third in qualifying would be good'

Published on 23 May 2019 by Stefan Meens

After P2 in the opening practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, Max Verstappen was sixth fastest in Thursday’s FP2. After clocking his quickest lap (1:12.052) in the early stages of the session, the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver was forced to stay in the garage whilst his mechanics repaired a radiator leak. In the closing stages the Dutchman was able complete some more laps, but non of them resulted in a quicker time. Mercedes ended the day on top with Lewis Hamilton setting the fastest lap ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. 

After free practice, Max explained his absence from most of FP2. “Some debris managed to get in our air intake which led to a radiator leak. It meant we had to replace the radiator, which obviously takes some time.” 

Nevertheless, Max is confident ahead of the remainder of the weekend. “I was able to do quite a lot of laps today. You always try different things during free practice. Some work, some don’t, but it’s all fine. The balance was OK and generally speaking we have good pace. Mercedes is too quick so we have fill the gap between Mercedes and the rest. I don’t think we’ll be able to pressure the Mercedes so third in qualifying would be good.” 

At the start of the session, Max is one of the last drivers to head out on track. When he does venture out, he does so on a set of the soft compound Pirelli tyre. His opening lap is 1:13.1 which is quickly followed by several quicker laps, including the youngster’s fastest effort of the session. In the process, Max brushes the wall at the swimming pool section, luckily without damaging his RB15. After a nine lap stint, the Red Bull Racer returns to the pits, where the team encounter the radiator leak. 

In a session with few incidents, except a few minor excursions down the few run-off areas, the Mercedes dominate with Hamilton and Bottas spurring each other on. In the end, it is the reigning world champion who comes out on top.  

In the closing stages, after his mechanics worked hard to replace a radiator, Max heads out for another run. Soon he returns to the team with the message “The car doesn’t have grip. I’m sliding and have got understeer.” 

Max’ team mate, Pierre Gasly, ends the session in fourth in front of Red Bull colleague and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon (P5).

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Results second free practice Monaco:

1Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:11.118 41
2Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:11.199+0.081s48
3Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:11.881+0.763s42
4Pierre GaslyGASRed Bull Racing Honda1:11.938+0.820s39
5Alexander AlbonALBScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:12.031+0.913s51
6Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:12.052+0.934s17
7Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:12.174+1.056s54
8Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:12.239+1.121s51
9Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:12.342+1.224s51
10Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:12.350+1.232s42
11Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:12.392+1.274s51
12Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:12.393+1.275s27
13Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:12.419+1.301s47
14Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:12.577+1.459s39
15Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:12.752+1.634s44
16Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:12.872+1.754s49
17Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:12.888+1.770s53
18Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:14.558+3.440s40
19George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:15.052+3.934s37
20Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:15.146+4.028s45