Red after the collapse of Mick Schumacher in Monaco!


Big problems with Bottas and Alfa Romeo

“Everything has to fit perfectly,” Valtteri Bottas said a few hours ago at the press conference. Hardly anything went right in training: Bottas only managed two laps without time, so he missed practically the entire first free training session.

This was due to an unspecified “technical issue” on the Alfa Romeo C42. “As a result, we had to remove the entire rear end to track the problem,” reports Alfa Romeo. And there was not enough time in training to find and correct the mistake.


Ferrari is ahead in the first free practice

The first free training session in Monaco is over and Ferrari is ahead: Charles Leclerc set the best time with 1: 14.531 minutes. P2 went to Sergio Perez in Red Bull ahead of Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari and championship leader Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel entered the top 10 of Aston Martin, but not Mick Schumacher after a technical defect. There were no major incidents other than braking.

Get the complete training result here!


Perez too fast in pitlane: fine

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has been fined € 300. For right at the beginning of the first free practice in Monaco, he was measured at 63 km / h instead of the allowed 60 km / h. This is the first rule violation this weekend.


First driving pictures from Monaco

The first half hour is over in Monaco. And we have the first driving pictures in the Formula 1 picture gallery. So take a look there!

McLaren’s Lando Norris is currently leading ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who continues to complain loudly about the mare. Problems with Lance Stroll too: He scolds the radio like a sparrow and says, “I’m not grabbing the front axle and coming in, or I’ll crash.”

Get current information in the session’s live ticker!

Photos: F1: Monaco Grand Prix 2022, Friday


Red Flag by Mick Schumacher

The first free training session was interrupted with a red flag: Mick Schumacher stands at the entrance to the pitlane with his Haas VF-22. “Sorry, I’m blocking the entrance,” the German radio sounded after reporting a problem with the gearbox and being told to go back to the pit.


The first quarter: Verstappen leads

Max Verstappen in front of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, then Daniel Ricciardo. Such is the situation at the front after the first quarter of the first free practice. Get current information in the session’s live ticker!

Williams driver Nicholas Latifi runs out first, fifteen minutes behind the drivers who started at the start. It’s a difference of 12 innings and that’s a lot in Monaco.

But not everyone drives smoothly: Lewis Hamilton complains about “incredibly bouncing” in his Mercedes, and has already shortened in the swimming pool harassment. And alpine man Esteban Ocon says he can not brake in the tunnel because the car “wants to go everywhere.”

There has been no accident so far, there have been only a few people who have slowed down without consequences.


Technical problems in the TV picture

The first few minutes of Friday’s practice are also marked by transmission problems with the TV world signal. Why is this important? Because in Monaco, the local promoter produces the TV pictures himself, not Formula 1, unlike other racetracks. This is also a point of contention as to whether Monaco has a future in Formula 1 or not. The current contract between the Principality and Formula 1 expires after the 2022 Grand Prix.


Now live: The first free training session in Monaco!

Driving operations in Monaco begin: at. 14.00 the course opens for the first free training session. Drivers have 60 minutes to get used to the street circuit.

Current information, lap times and impressions of the vehicles on the track can be found in our session live ticker, which my colleague Norman Fischer will be in charge of this weekend.

It’s also worth following the paddock live ticker at this point: for highlights from free practice and above all for comments and assessments afterwards.

And we are already pointing to our video analysis of the Friday training in Monaco: Tonight from kl. 19.30 Christian Nimmervoll and Kevin Scheuren will be at the start of the livestream on YouTube to provide all the important facts and answer users’ questions.


Rosberg meets Hamilton in the elevator

Two Formula 1 world champions meet in their adopted home Monaco in the lift. This is how Nico Rosberg describes his meeting with ex-teammate Lewis Hamilton:

“He came in and looked like he was still wearing his pajamas. He was looking forward to the race weekend. I had my kids with me and was on my way to the swimming pool, he was on his way to the track. So the daily planning looks so different ! “


Reader Question: Arbitrary Session Times?

Our reader Jens asks on Twitter with the hashtag #FragMST what the start times at the Monaco Grand Prix are. The sports regulations do not actually contain exact times, but only information about how long the individual units are and at what time intervals the units must follow each other in a day.

For Friday, for example, it says: “Two free workouts of one hour each are separated by a minimum of two and a maximum of three hours.” The third training session on Saturday must not begin until 18 hours after the end of the second training session. Between the third training session and the qualification, there are at least two to a maximum of three hours.

In general, the World Automobile Federation (FIA) indicates the start times of the Formula 1 units, including for the races. The times are sometimes different, for example because the organizers take into account other (sporting) events so as not to risk conflict with the viewers.


Why Monaco should stay

Charles Leclerc says Monaco must stay. And this is how motorsport experts Stefan Heinrich and Stefan Ehlen see it, which in this video explains why the Grand Prix is ​​still justified!

Formula 1 in Monaco: It has to be!

Should Formula 1 still have a Grand Prix in Monaco and is the tradition alone enough to stay on the F1 calendar? We analyze! More Formula 1 videos

12:55 p.m.

Monaco idea: Turn left before the tunnel?

At the press conference, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was asked how the layout in Monaco could be made more overhaul-friendly. His answer: “I do not know. Maybe we could turn left before the tunnel and then make a long straight. But how can that be done? I’m not sure.”

Overtaking is obviously difficult in the current state, Leclerc says. “But what we drivers love about Monaco is the challenge. Especially in qualifying, over a lap when you push. There’s just no other track where you get as much adrenaline as Monaco. For me it’s part of Formula 1 history and should continue to do so in Formula 1. “

Former Formula One driver Marc Surer has also considered an alternative route in Monaco. You can find out more about this in the video interview on YouTube channel!

Marc Surer: Monaco must be rebuilt!

Monaco did not have to pay anything for years and was still considered to be in Formula 1. It will be different in 2022. We explain why. More Formula 1 videos

12:36 p.m.

The first Friday pictures in the gallery

Formula 1 Friday in Monaco has begun and our photo gallery has received the first motifs of the day. Feel free to check out the atmosphere where Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher and Co. appeared on the fold – and we are constantly adding more photos from Motorsport Images!

Photos: F1: Monaco Grand Prix 2022


Press conference: out!

And that was it for the Formula 1 press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. There is a good hour and a half left until the start of training, which from 2022 will no longer take place on Thursday but Friday – even though a couple of support series were run yesterday in Monaco.

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