RED BULL are main the drivers’ and constructors’ standings after a superb begin to the brand new season.
F1 preview: A lap of the Monaco Grand Prix
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Purple Bull have been handed a penalty from the stewards instantly after FP1 on the Monaco Grand Prix. The staff had been issued a £255 (€300) superb after Sergio Perez was caught rushing within the pit lane.
The Mexican was recorded travelling 3km/h above the pace restrict throughout the first session. Nevertheless, the staff will face no additional punishment which means Perez doesn’t threat receiving any grid penalties.
Purple Bull weren’t the one staff caught out with rushing penalties throughout the first session. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was caught travelling 10mph over the restrict and has been hit with a £850 (€1,000) cost.
Lewis Hamiton’s former team-mate Valtteri Bottas was additionally clocked by the stewards and punished. The Finn was seen travelling at virtually 13mph over the restrict and was additionally handed a £850 cost.
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Purple Bull had been issued a penalty after FP1 (Picture: Getty)
Perez was the quickest of the Purple Bull drivers in FP1 and simply 0.039 seconds slower than pacesetter Charles Leclerc. Championship chief Max Verstappen lies fourth, simply over a tenth slower than his team-mate.
Lando Norris was the shock of the session along with his McLaren quick sufficient for third. Verstappen took over the championship lead final day out in Spain after Leclerc was compelled to retire with mechanical points. It means Verstappen has now gained each race he has completed this season after struggling two failures himself.
Purple Bull have additionally pulled out a small benefit within the constructors’ standings which means Ferrari have to reply at Leclerc’s dwelling monitor to maintain a foothold within the title battle.
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Sergio Perez was caught rushing within the pitlane (Picture: Getty)
Forward of the weekend, Horner claimed Ferrari nonetheless had the sting at Monaco this weekend.
He mentioned: “I feel from what we noticed final weekend, should you needed to wager on it Ferrari ought to have the sting. Temperatures are sky excessive once more, set-up is essential, these automobiles are new and so huge round right here, something is feasible.”
Nevertheless, former driver Juan Pablo Montoya believes Purple Bull have a slight benefit, he defined: “Ferrari has obtained numerous tempo and we’ll see how good it’s round Monaco. As a result of I feel within the sluggish pace corners you may say that the Purple Bull appears a little bit higher.
“So, if I needed to say it, I might say it’s in all probability extra of a Purple Bull monitor than a Ferrari monitor. The Ferrari’s are usually higher within the sooner tracks like medium pace corners, probably not sluggish pace corners.”