“Leclerc seems to be the big favorite” in Monaco

“Leclerc seems to be the big favorite” in Monaco
“Leclerc seems to be the big favorite” in Monaco

Like what already happened a week ago at Imola, no Red Bull entered the top three during the first two free practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix. The RB20 is clearly not in its preferred environment on the Rock, where slow corners and vibrators pose particular problems for it. However, the reading of the times in FP2 is perhaps less alarming than it gives the impression. In any case, that’s what Helmut Marko thinks, who places the team just behind Ferrari.

“My conclusion is that we have progressed compared to EL1”estimates the Red Bull advisor to Motorsport.com. “We didn’t use the engine modes fully today, so I think we are second behind Leclerc. […] The most important thing is that we have to find a way so that the car doesn’t bounce too much and without losing too much downforce.”

The Austrian assures that “motor modes and behavior” between them explain the gap of half a second between the leading Ferrari and Max Verstappen. “Leclerc seems to be the big favorite and he was in front at every lap with a lead of three to five tenths”insists Helmut Marko, who is more optimized for the race than for qualifying. “With the car we have at the moment, it’s not enough [pour la pole]. If we don’t improve the car, Max alone won’t be enough.”

“It bounced less with a full tank, which I hope gives us a direction to follow for tomorrow”he specifies. “Our long run was really good, although it doesn’t help when you don’t start from the front here. But I think this long run could at least help us sort out the problem.”

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Another difficult Friday for Verstappen.

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

For the moment, Ferrari is untouchable.

Sergio Pérez, for his part, depicts a more worrying situation and expects a difficult weekend. “It will be hard”he predicts. “I think it’s very difficult to overcome our limits at the moment in handling. We’ll see what we can do tonight. We ran the two cars a little differently. I don’t know not what Max’s problems were. There are a lot of things. The pace in the long stint seems better, but it’s too late.

Like Helmut Marko, the Mexican driver believes that the Scuderia is now a scarecrow for the rest of the Monaco weekend.

“I think that for the moment, Ferrari is untouchable”he insists. “I think they’re very, very strong. When they need to make a lap, they seem to be able to do it really easily, going really fast. And that’s beneficial on a track like this, to be able to do a fast lap when you want and not have problems with the tires.”

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