Monaco Formula 2: Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc fastest for Prema

Ferrari Formula 1 junior driver Charles Leclerc set the fastest time in practice for the Formula 2 round in Monaco ahead of series veteran Sergio Canamasas

Monaco Formula 2: Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc fastest for Prema

Leclerc, racing on his home streets for the first time in his career, set a best lap of 1m19.722s with just under 10 minutes of the 45-minute practice session remaining.

The majority of the field set their fastest laps using the super-soft tyres towards the end of practice after completing the early running on the soft rubber.

Canamasas topped the times after those initial laps had been completed - he survived clipping the barriers at the exit of Portier on the run into the tunnel a third of the way into the session - and improved his fastest time when he switched to the super-softs.

But the Trident driver - who has started 94 GP2/F2 races in his career - wound up 0.139s adrift of championship leader Leclerc when the 19-year-old completed his own super-soft run a few moments later.

DAMS driver Oliver Rowland, who also enjoyed a spell at the top of the times early on shortly after he had waved at Leclerc in frustration when he came across the Prema Racing driver going slowly through the Swimming Pool section of the lap, ended up third fastest ahead of Arden racer Norman Nato.

Alexander Albon was fifth for ART Grand Prix, in front of Russian Time's Luca Ghiotto and McLaren F1 junior driver Nyck de Vries, who was the first driver to sample to the super-soft rubber entering the closing stages of the session.

Artem Markelov - winner of a chaotic GP2 feature race in Monaco in 2016 - was eighth, as Nicholas Latifi and Johnny Cecotto rounded out the top 10.

Jordan King finished 11th for MP Motorsport, and the Briton was one of two drivers who misjudged their braking for Sainte Devote and had to take to the escape road.

The other was Campos Racing's new F2 signing Robert Visoiu, who locked up and went off at the right-hander early on in the session.

In a session that was characterised by drivers struggling to find space in the traffic, the only contact came when Nabil Jeffri hit the rear of Sergio Sette Camara's MP Motorsport car under braking for the chicane at the exit of the tunnel.

The stewards will investigate the incident after the session.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1m19.722s - 25
2 Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m19.861s 0.139s 23
3 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m19.868s 0.146s 24
4 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1m20.058s 0.336s 25
5 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m20.366s 0.644s 26
6 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1m20.515s 0.793s 24
7 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1m20.530s 0.808s 26
8 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m20.540s 0.818s 23
9 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m20.866s 1.144s 26
10 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 1m20.944s 1.222s 22
11 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1m21.013s 1.291s 25
12 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1m21.099s 1.377s 23
13 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 1m21.103s 1.381s 26
14 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m21.123s 1.401s 26
15 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1m21.305s 1.583s 26
16 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1m21.791s 2.069s 23
17 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1m21.987s 2.265s 24
18 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1m22.064s 2.342s 26
19 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m22.111s 2.389s 26
20 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1m22.130s 2.408s 24


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