Daniel Ricciardo breaks lap record in practice for Monaco GP

  • Daniel Ricciardo breaks lap record in practice for Monaco GP

Daniel Ricciardo breaks lap record in practice for Monaco GP

"If it's not ready this week, or the week after, I'm not going to stress about it".

Australian Ricciardo, who finished third in the Mediterranean principality previous year and was on pole position in 2016, has every reason to feel as bullish as the branding on his overalls. "We can find a bit more but we are more or less there and Saturday afternoon is going to be very close".

"I'm glad that was the fastest lap that anyone has ever done as it felt so quick". There was no damage to the cars in either incident, but Verstappen will be investigated after the session for reversing back onto the track from the run off area at Sainte Devote.

"We're closer to Red Bull and Ferrari than I expected, but we're still a few tenths off".

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as F1 team-mates?

Hamilton leads Vettel, last year's victor in Monaco, by 17 points after five races.

The only thing most people know about Monaco is that it's a tax haven - a "sunny place for shady people", Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once said - located somewhere on the French Riviera.

Red Bull is the industry leader in aerodynamics, and boss Christian Horner said: "The vehicle was very fast in the third sector at Barcelona, which is a good indication of what we can do in Monaco". We are now six races in, and still a pen has yet to be put to paper.

If Horner is to be believed though, Hamilton clearly has an eye on moving higher up that list in the coming years.

"The intention this weekend is to try and win and be dominant", he said.

Meanwhile, Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas are both out of contract at the end of the current term. We topped the sessions, so for now we have done all we can.

His Mexican team mate Sergio Perez reckoned an improvement of a second to a second-and-a-half a lap was a realistic expectation.

"Bottom line, I think there's too much of a fuss nowadays, I think all the women who did it in the past did it because they want to, and if we ask any grid girl on Sunday if they are happy to be there, I'm sure their answer will be "yes".

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who missed last year's race to compete in the Indianapolis 500 instead, had a hard opening session with his vehicle suffering problems with its brake-by-wire system.

Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin hit the wall in his Williams in the morning, limping back with a puncture, but went out again and was 10th fastest.

Father and son world champions Nico and Keke Rosberg, both retired, entertained the crowd between the sessions by lapping the circuit in their title-winning cars.