• Monaco, Thursday – Ross: “It's always nice to come through the first day of the Monaco weekend cleanly”

Nico topped both practice sessions in Monaco today with Lewis second fastest this afternoon.

Nico's fastest time in the afternoon session was one second quicker than the fastest lap in P2 last year.

The drivers completed a total of 154 laps today, equivalent to almost two race distances. The focus of the sessions was on basic set-up work, circuit familiarisation and tyre evaluations. During P2, Nico and Lewis both completed runs of over 20 laps on the super soft compound.

Ross feels “today was a pretty good day for us and it's always nice to come through the first day of the Monaco weekend cleanly. The true test will come on Sunday but I'm pleased with the technical work that we covered in the two practice sessions today.

Both Nico and Lewis, along with our engineers, did a very good job working together through the programme. A pleasing start to the weekend and now we have to make the right decisions for Saturday and Sunday.”

“It was a good solid first day for us” says Toto: “lots of laps, no incidents and good lap times. Nico and Lewis both looked quick and comfortable and we seemed able to keep the tyres in good condition on our long runs this afternoon. Our rivals will be very strong on both Saturday and Sunday, so we will get our heads down and keep working to build on this good start.”