Monaco Formula 2: De Vries leads practice despite Norris incident

Prema driver Nyck de Vries topped Monaco Formula 2 practice by a dominant six tenths of a second despite damaging his front wing by hitting Lando Norris early on

Monaco Formula 2: De Vries leads practice despite Norris incident

De Vries was at the end of his in-lap when he nudged the back of fellow McLaren junior Norris's Carlin-run car at Rascasse.

The contact prompted a front wing change for de Vries, but Norris managed to continue seemingly unaffected.

After the first few minutes were used for a planned virtual safety car phase, Ralph Boschung became the first driver to go below 1m30s in a session in which the benchmark time was constantly beaten.

Norris, Artem Markelov, Sergio Sette Camara and Luca Ghiotto all led at times in the first half of the session, with Norris ahead of Sette Camara in a Carlin one-two going into the final 10 minutes.

De Vries then set his best time of 1m21.670s to go nearly seven tenths clear at the front.

Norris was also narrowly edged out by Nicholas Latifi, the Force India Formula 1 test driver jumping up to second minutes after going off at Sainte Devote.

Renault junior Jack Aitken made the same mistake but ended up fourth, followed by Sette Camara and DAMS driver Alexander Albon.

Markelov was seventh, the last driver within a second of de Vries.

The Russian beat Louis Deletraz by 0.019s as Maximilian Gunther and Ghiotto completed the top 10.

ART's George Russell completed just four early laps and ended practice without a representative lap time, more than 20s off the pace. He said afterwards that he had suffered an engine problem on his warm-up lap.

Along with pacesetter de Vries, Antonio Fuoco also damaged his front wing in the session after hitting the kerbs too hard on the exit of the second Swimming Pool chicane and making contact with the barriers.

The Charouz-run Ferrari protege ended up 16th.

Practice times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m21.670s - 23
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m22.320s 0.650s 26
3 Lando Norris Carlin 1m22.340s 0.670s 26
4 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m22.526s 0.856s 25
5 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1m22.553s 0.883s 26
6 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m22.604s 0.934s 22
7 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m22.656s 0.986s 27
8 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m22.675s 1.005s 25
9 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1m22.772s 1.102s 26
10 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1m22.810s 1.140s 24
11 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1m22.814s 1.144s 22
12 Arjun Maini Trident 1m22.860s 1.190s 27
13 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1m23.072s 1.402s 22
14 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m23.193s 1.523s 27
15 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1m23.253s 1.583s 23
16 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1m23.548s 1.878s 17
17 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1m23.943s 2.273s 20
18 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m24.051s 2.381s 28
19 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1m25.047s 3.377s 26
20 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m42.533s 20.863s 4


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