The most important aspect of Monaco Grand Prix preparation is avoiding the barriers and keeping the car in one piece throughout the practice sessions.
So Step 1 accomplished as both Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo brought their STR 7s back to the garage safe and sound at the end of this morning’s first free practice session on a beautiful sunny day in the Principality. Jev completed 25 laps on his way to 14th on the time sheet, while Daniel was just a couple of hundredths of a second slower and one place behind his team-mate, having negotiated 28 laps of the track.
Heading the time sheet was Fernando Alonso for Ferrari, followed by Romain Grosjean in the Lotus, while third was Sergio Perez in the Sauber. Lewis Hamilton was fourth for McLaren and in fifth place was Spanish GP winner, Pastor Maldonaldo for Williams, with the other Ferrari of Felipe Massa completing the top six.
The session was red flagged shortly before the full 90 minutes, after Heikki Kovailenen’s Caterham blew up leaving oil in the tunnel and a thick cloud of smoke hanging over the harbour.