The Mercedes is “impassable” in Monaco, Wolff says


Mercedes again with “incredibly bouncing”

Lewis Hamilton complained about “incredibly bouncing” during the session, and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also sees this as a core issue for the Silver Arrows in Monaco.

On ‘Sky’, Wolff said after training: “Sometimes it’s a combination of aerodynamics and stiffness. Today it’s stiffness. But our car seems to work. We were fast. Maybe not in the end with hard tires when we simulated long runs but overall we seem to have a good car. It’s just that it can not be driven. “

His team can now only work “on the setup” and hope to make the vehicle more comfortable for the drivers.

Hamilton had also requested padding for his elbows under the unit because he was constantly hitting the cockpit. Wolff: “If it goes faster, he will get all the cushions he wants.”


Ralf Schumacher: Mick is being courted!

According to Ralf Schumacher, his nephew Mick Schumacher does not have to worry about the sporting future of Formula 1. Already in his second year, Mick has “value in Formula 1”, and there are several teams interested in the young German, according to Ralf Schumacher. It’s not just Aston Martin, “he says.

What also speaks for Mick Schumacher is the “German component”, where two German brands with Porsche and Audi penetrate Formula 1 as engine suppliers, but not until 2026. But the topic is already gaining momentum, says Ralf Schumacher : “A lot is happening now. [Im] In August and September, things really get going. “

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Video: The Schumacher incident

How Mick Schumacher rolled out in the past and why alpine skier Fernando Alonso was also involved in the bizarre incident at the beginning of Pitlane: The scene from the first free training session in the video!


Photo update!

Our colleagues from Motorsport Images have done it again and loaded more images into our system that are worth seeing. You can now find the highlights from the first free training session in our Formula 1 photo gallery – so take a look right away!

Photos: F1: Monaco Grand Prix 2022, Friday


Red Bull “safe”, even without a best time

Ferrari is at the forefront, but Red Bull is “satisfied” with the hunting position, says Helmut Marko on ‘Sky’. He explains: “Max [Verstappen] put his time on the very first round with Medium. It was certainly not the fastest way. Then he slowed down and we decided not to continue chasing times. “

The small gap for Ferrari shows that Red Bull is “at the forefront” in Monaco, Marko continues. And: “We look forward to it all with confidence.”

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It’s getting worse for Schumacher …

Ralf Schumacher believes that his nephew Mick Schumacher’s technical problems in the first training session are just the beginning of a difficult weekend.

On ‘Sky’, the former Formula 1 driver said: “He needs every meter on this special track, but the set-up work is also lost. Now you have to drive with a compromise again.”

“The bigger problem is: On a pitch like Monaco you have to improve, you slowly get used to it, you can take risks eventually. Mick completely misses it. It’s getting harder now.”


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 ! “

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