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Summary

  1. Lewis Hamilton fastest in both practice sessions
  2. Hamilton is seven points ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the title race
  3. Mercedes have finished one-two at all five races this season
  4. Get involved: Your tributes and memories of Niki Lauda #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Back at 10:30 BST on Saturday

    That is the end of this live page but we will be back at 10:30 BST on Saturday for the third practice.

    Here's a few things to read...

    Remember, no action on Friday and we'll see you again on Saturday. Bye for now.

  2. Download the Chequered Flag Podcast

    We've had two practice sessions today and now there is time to download the Chequered Flag Podcast, including tributes to Niki Lauda.

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  3. Hamilton dominates practice in Monaco - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Hamilton Monaco

    Lewis Hamilton pipped Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes dominated second practice at the Monaco Grand Prix.

    The world champion was just 0.081 seconds ahead of the Finn.

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen, third behind the Mercedes in first practice, missed much of the second as a result of a water leak and ended up sixth fastest.

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third fastest - but a massive 0.763secs off the pace. Team-mate Charles Leclerc was 10th, struggling with braking problems.

  4. Session two times

    There will be happy faces at Mercedes, Toro Rosso and Haas. There will be frustration at Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault and a resigned 'not again' reaction at Williams.

    Formula 1 times
  5. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    A lap of one minute 10 seconds for Mercedes in qualifying is not unthinkable.

  6. BreakingHamilton fastest again

    He was the quickest man earlier on and is again in session two. A perfect day on the track for Lewis Hamilton, who is 0.081 faster than Valtteri Bottas.

    The rest? Miles behind.

    Sebastian Vettel is third, 0.763 seconds off Hamilton. Pierre Gasly comes next in fourth 0.820 adrift and then Alexander Albon, who has had a great day in his Toro Rosso.

    1. Hamilton 1:11.118
    2. Bottas +0.081
    3. Vettel +0.763
    4. Gasly +0.820
    5. Albon +0.913
    6. Verstappen +0.934
    7. Magnussen +1.056
    8. Giovinazzi +1.121
    9. Raikkonen +1.224
    10. Leclerc +1.232
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  7. Post update

    Anyone hoping for a Williams renaissance this weekend is going to be disappointed. Russell 19th and Kubica 20th, as they have been most of the season. Kubica more than four seconds slower than top man Lewis Hamilton.

    George Russell
  8. Post update

    Kevin Magnussen goes a bit wayward, cutting a corner, but avoids the barrier.

  9. 'Not good'

    "The car is not good," says Max Verstappen. He was second earlier on, splitting the Mercedes two, but is well down off the pace in session two, nine tenths behind the front runners.

  10. Five things to know about F1's Niki Lauda

    Niki Lauda, who was one of the best-known figures in motor racing, has died at the age of 70 and here are some facts about him.

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    Video caption: Five things to know about F1's Niki Lauda
  11. Remembering a true legend

    We started off this page talking about three-time world champion Niki Lauda, who sadly died on Monday, and here are some of the tributes that have been pouring in from the Formula 1 world.

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  12. Our top 10

    With 15 minutes to go...

    1. Hamilton 1:11.118
    2. Bottas +0.081
    3. Vettel +0.763
    4. Gasly +0.820
    5. Albon +0.913
    6. Verstappen +0.934
    7. Magnussen +1.056
    8. Giovinazzi +1.121
    9. Raikkonen +1.224
    10. Leclerc +1.232
    Pierre Gasly
  13. Vettel nearly crashes

    Sebastian Vettel slams on the brakes and only just, by the shortest distance possible, avoids banging into Turn 1. He locks up the tyres, leaves some heavy black marks on the track, ruins his tyres, but somehow avoids further damage. A lucky escape.

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  14. Hamilton leading? Check

    Matt Warwick

    BBC Sport in Monaco

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    Not much going on for the marshals on the start-finish straight. Time for a spot of homework for night school?

  15. Post update

    What of Renault? Daniel Ricciardo was producing one of the funniest moments of the season here last year when he nursed his battered Red Bull home, despite an engine problem, to win and then celebrated in hilarious style by diving into the swimming pool.

    No celebrations for Ricciardo this week though. His Renault is down in 17th, with that team move last winter yet to bear fruit.

    Nico Hulkenberg is 16th today.

    Daniel Ricciardo
  16. Post update

    Racing Point? That is some difference between the two drivers at the moment as Sergio Perez is 15th, but 1.8 seconds faster than his team-mate Lance Stroll, who is 18th.

    Wonder what Esteban Ocon is thinking? Remember, he did so well in the Force India last year before the team was taken into administration and then bought out with a consortium led by Stroll's father.

  17. Post update

    Hamilton locked up on the previous lap and, despite some visible damage to one of his front tyres, he sends in the fastest lap, overtaking his team-mate. The lead, only 0.081 seconds.

    OK, so it would be great to see other teams challenging, but we have a genuine head-to-head battle between the Mercedes two.

    Ferrari? Seven tenths back.

    Red Bull? Eight tenths back.

    Everyone else? At least a second back. Ouch.

    Charles Leclerc
  18. Get Involved #bbcf1

    Jeremiah Kariuki: The fast drivers are getting closer closer to kissing the barriers! An inch closer it seems to be every other fast lap.