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While Ferrari seemed to struggle with the rear end of their car on the Ultra-Soft tires and Sebastian Vettel cozied up to a couple of Armco barriers at Mirabeau and Ste Devote.

This is the first race that features the Ultra-soft tire and Ricciardo set a blistering pace followed by Lewis Hamilton who seemed to be on top of his game in both practice session today.

Perhaps it is worth noting that the self-professed 3rd best chassis on the grid didn’t manage better than 10th place for McLaren.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.607s 40
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.213s 0.606s 36
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.506s 0.899s 48
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m15.571s 0.964s 42
5 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.815s 1.208s 53
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.981s 1.374s 54
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.040s 1.433s 38
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.120s 1.513s 48
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.269s 1.662s 40
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m16.325s 1.718s 46
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m16.487s 1.880s 49
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.723s 2.116s 43
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m16.782s 2.175s 40
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m16.849s 2.242s 47
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.874s 2.267s 23
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.286s 2.679s 42
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m17.530s 2.923s 29
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.562s 2.955s 39
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m17.761s 3.154s 24
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.999s 3.392s 49
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m18.647s 4.040s 10
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m18.814s 4.207s 46
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  • Dr T

    AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!

    • Dr T

      Post of the week right there Todd…

      • LOL…so, kind of like those Aussies huh? Me too and I’m not even Australian mate.

    • Dr T

      Not that I’m a proud Australian… from Perth…

    • jiji the cat

      Oi Oi Oi !

  • mini696

    Yeah buddy!!

  • jakobusvdl

    He’s obviously fired up, must be feeling bitter about the way the team robbed him of a win in Barcelona in favour of tempestuous teen Max Points.

    • MIE

      Ricciardo set his time on the fifth lap of a ten lap run, the two Mercedes drivers set theirs on the fourth or fifth laps, but of shorter runs. So it isn’t like he was going for a low fuel glory time.
      If these tyres take several laps to bring in, then qualifying could be very busy.

      • longshot

        Hmm, good point about the tyres. I imagine there’ll be many sub-optimal runs due to traffic.

        I really doubt though that we’ve seen the true speed of the Mercedes yet. In a season where the pole times from previous years are being smashed due to car development and especially the availability of softer compounds, Merc still hasn’t put in a lap quicker than 2015. It should be different once they ditch the sandbags.

        • longshot

          Well … not bad for a number one driver :)

      • jakobusvdl

        You called that right Dave, getting the tyres in their operating window (and keeping them there) proved to be very important to the outcomes of qualifying.
        But not for the Honey Badger, they lad is on fire!