25 May 2017
Work to do in Monte Carlo, after a mixed day for the Silver Arrows
Lewis Hamilton topped the morning session with Valtteri Bottas 0.366s shy in P4
Lewis ended the day with the eighth fastest time in the afternoon session, with Valtteri 10th quickest
Both drivers ran the SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyre in FP1 and FP2
Driver Chassis No. P1 P2
Lewis Hamilton F1 W08 EQ Power+/05 40 Laps 1:13.425 P01 31 Laps 1:13.873 P08
Valtteri Bottas F1 W08 EQ Power+/04 40 Laps 1:13.791 P04 39 Laps 1:13.902 P10
Weather Dry, Warm, Clear
Temperatures Air: 20.8 - 24.5 °C Track: 28.0 - 46.7 °C
We didn't have the greatest day today. Practice one was actually really good and we were quickest, but then in second practice we just struggled to extract the grip from the tyres and we were sliding around a lot. I'm not sure why the tyres weren't working but the difference between the two sessions was night and day. We've got some work to do ahead of Saturday that's for sure but I'm confident the team can work it out. Monaco is always amazing to drive, but this is definitely the best car I've driven around here. Ferrari are very quick again and Red Bull are also looking good this weekend. We're looking forward to a real fight on Saturday.
Practice two was difficult and we struggled with the pace over one lap. We made some changes between practice one and practice two but we clearly went in the wrong direction - that's why both of us were struggling. When the car isn't quite right you lose a lot of time in Monaco. We tried to go back with the set-up and it felt better but by that point we'd already put a lot of laps into the tyres. At least we've learned what not to do with the set-up here. It's a shame but we have a full day tomorrow to analyse everything and come back stronger on Saturday. It will be close again at the top I'm sure.
James Allison, Technical Director
After a very positive morning session with both cars and drivers, the afternoon proved more difficult and we clearly took a step in the wrong direction with the car set-up over the break. We will have a good think about it tomorrow in order to put things right for Saturday. But I think we can be encouraged by the pace and consistency that we were able to demonstrate in FP1.