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  1. Vettel fastest, Stroll crashes, Palmer breaks down
  2. Hamilton only eighth as Mercedes choose not to push
  3. Get involved #bbcf1 #IfIwereJenson

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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So Sebastian Vettel ends the day quickest with Lewis Hamilton all the way down in eighth. A one-off? Or problems afoot at Mercedes for this weekend? Luckily for them they have an extra day to get to the bottom of it.

We're back on Saturday for final practice at 09:30 BST. See you then.


'Changes went in wrong direction'

Valtteri Bottas: "Our changes between FP1 and FP2 went in the wrong direction. We hope gap to Ferrari isn't real."

Lewis Hamilton, speaking to Sky Sports: "We were good in P1. Something went wrong in this session, we just have to found out why.

"The tyres were not working for whatever reason this afternoon."

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Mercedes. Making mistakes? Surely not.

So why were Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas so low down on the timing sheet? Toto Wolff is on Sky Sports now saying they just got their set up wrong for the day.

"We are lacking data so now it is about sticking heads together and staying calm," he says.

Valtteri Bottas
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Alonso-mania in America

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Fernando Alonso has got tongues wagging all across America.

Former Red Bull chief mechanic Kenny Handkammer was one of the most successful engineers in F1 racing after being part of 13 world championship title wins. He now works for Tesla and resides in California.

"The hype it has got is huge, it is outstanding," he says. "Everyone is talking about it. I take my son to play football at the weekend and all the dads are saying: 'Did you see Fernando? He has got up to speed really quickly'.

"I am getting that just from people I know without the rest of the media attention."

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Ferrari have genuine pace. I do suspect that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will turn it up when they need to. FP3 will be a better indicator of what we can expect in qualifying.

FP2 result

1) Vettel 2) Ricciardo 3) Raikkonen 4) Kvyat 5) Sainz 6) Verstappen 7) Perez 8) Hamilton 9) Magnussen 10) Bottas

11) Vandoorne 12) Button 13) Massa 14) Grosjean 15) Ocon 16) Stroll 17) Hulkenberg 18) Palmer 19) Ericsson 20) Wehrlein

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button run side by side down to the chicane. That might have been the moment that irked Button.

Chequered flag

Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Thirty seconds left. Sebastian Vettel is going to finish the session fastest.

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Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

Lewis Hamilton has just come in and whacked his marker board. They didn't change his tyres, they have just sent him back out again.

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Sam Marsh: They should livestreaming Jenson's cockpit and team radio. These updates are highly amusing

"People still drive like BEEP! Some things don't change," complains Jenson Button.

Welcome back, Jenson!

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Spanners Ready: "How do I turn off the DRS beep?" Just like we showed everyone in the Bahrain test mate..

Button perhaps regretting that decision to skip the Bahrain test...

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Monaco

It's difficult to read but what we can say is that Vettel's first lap on the ultra-soft was about two tenths quicker than Hamilton. Bottas' first lap on the ultra-soft was about the same as Vettel's so not a massive concern for Mercedes.

Hmm. It's a short stint out on the track for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. A couple of laps and they are back in. Not sure what their programme is today.

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Jenson Button is doing a solid job driving that McLaren at the moment but is clearly still getting up to speed with things inside the cockpit.

"How do I turn off the DRS beeps?" he asks.

Kimi Raikkonen is lapping in the 1:15s on the super-softs as the two Mercedes emerge onto the track once again.


Almost a coming together involving Max Verstappen and Kevin Magnussen. The former thinks about squeezing through at Rascasse but bails at the last minute as Magnussen leaves him little to no room.

Meanwhile, the two Mercedes are back in the pits. Not much long-running going on for them with 15 minutes to go.

Looks like it needs updating...


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HowlingWolfPhoto: There already is one:

Every single car is out on the track at the moment apart from out-of-practice duo of Jolyon Palmer and Lance Stroll.

A busy circuit is frustrating Lewis Hamilton, who complains of being stuck in traffic.


Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

I think we have seen the end of the qualifying runs with Hamilton down in eighth and Bottas 10th. They are half a second down on their first practice time so evidently not going for outright pace in this session.

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Elliot Hutchins: Who fancies setting up

Stroll walks back to the pitlane
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Go! Go! Go!

The session restarts with 30 minutes left on the clock.

Lance Stroll's Williams has been lifted off the track and the bits of debris removed.

We'll be good to go again in two minutes.

Stroll's car is lifted off the track
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Spanners Ready: I can't believe Stroll crashed!!! Oh wait. The opposite of that.

Jeremiah Kariuki: As predicted, Lance Stroll takes the honours of fighting with the barriers! Poor boy!

Red flag

Lance Stroll just lost it at Casino Square and slid into the barriers.

The front wing slides off into the distance and the red flag is waved.


Lance Stroll needs a good weekend after a disappointing start to the season so what he doesn't need is to crash in practice.

He's crashed in practice.

Stroll crash
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Spanners Ready: Why aren't Mercedes showing their hand?. My guess is that they are very very fast and aren't quite ready to share

Lewis Hamilton is a second off Sebastian Vettel's pace and the Briton skips across the chicane before heading into the pits.

What's going on with Mercedes today?

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Vettel flying

Sebastian Vettel does an absolute stonker of a lap, becoming the first driver to dip into the 1:12s in Monaco. It's a 1:12.759 for Vettel in the Ferrari, putting him half a second clear of Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen, on ultra-softs, goes second quickest, just 0.003s slower than Daniel Ricciardo.

Lewis Hamilton improves. Sort of.

He does a 1:13.873 to go eighth quickest, while Valtteri Bottas is a tenth of a second down in ninth. Nothing representative yet from the Mercedes pair.

Neither Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas are pushing yet as they look to get the ultra-softs into the window.

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Rob Groom: I'd leave little stickers on the wing mirrors saying "Front runners may be closer than they appear"

Racing Insider: I'd answer any more silly questions about whether I really want to be racing this weekend with the words "Monaco Baby, Yeah!"

Dinesh Pawar: I'd fill Ricciardo's shoe with sticky toffee pudding.. That'll be interesting.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas head back out onto the circuit, ultra-softs on. They are about to crack on with their qualifying simulation laps.