Hamilton has mysterious problems on first practice day

Photo: Morio
Photo: Morio

While one magazine has commented that the Monaco Grand Prix is where models go to frolic after Cannes, there’s a much less trivial side to Formula 1’s favourite Grand Prix fixture, as Thursday’s practice session demonstrated.

Sebastian Vettel ended the day the fastest with favourite Lewis Hamilton all the way down in eighth. Fortunately for Mercedes, there’s one more day to iron out any problems. Hamilton kept the lid on what those glitches might be, saying; “Something went wrong in this session, we just have to find out why. The tyres were not working for whatever reason this afternoon.”

Jenson Button is back on a one-off visit after leading McLaren driver, Fernando Alonso, opted for the Indy 500. McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said that the 2009 world champion’s comeback has been a boost for team morale.

Meanwhile, production manufacturers are using the allure of Monaco to launch new models, including Renault, which will unveil the new Renault Sport Megane RS on Friday May 26, when it will lap the circuit driven by Renault F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg.

The fourth-generation high-performance Megane is hotly-anticipated. The car will be finished in black and yellow livery to match Renault’s F1 team when it makes its Monaco debut.

Free practice continues on Saturday, from 10-11:30 am, with qualifying from 2-3 pm.

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