Martin Brundle picks ‘team to beat’ in Monaco between Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes

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MARTIN BRUNDLE has had his say forward of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen makes delicate dig at Lewis Hamilton

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Martin Brundle believes that Ferrari are the crew to beat this season and in Monaco after Charles Leclerc completed first within the opening follow session on Friday.

He additionally claimed that Crimson Bull received’t take their lead as a right now that they’ve moved forward of Ferrari. Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen sits high of the general standings following three straight wins, simply the second time he has finished that in his profession. Verstappen nevertheless was off the tempo on Friday and completed the primary free follow session in fourth, behind each Ferrari drivers Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Brundle, chatting with Sky Sports activities F1, stated: “Crimson Bull could have seen Ferrari disappearing into the space final weekend in Barcelona, so they are going to be taking completely nothing as a right. They obtained fortunate when he broke down there however Max dropped out of two Grand Prix already this yr as nicely.

“So I don’t suppose that they are going to be assuming that ‘We’re again in entrance, that is ours to lose now’, as a result of the Ferrari and Leclerc specifically, Sainz as nicely I believe has the expertise to affix that individual struggle as nicely. They’re proper in there and Ferrari are the crew to beat for me nonetheless, on pure tempo.”

Martin Brundle picks 'team to beat' in Monaco between Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes

Mercedes, Crimson Bull and Ferrari drivers. (Picture: GETTY)

Ferrari have been the crew to beat to this point in Monaco, with Leclerc on high on his residence circuit within the first follow session and Sainz in third, with Sergio Perez between them in second. Lewis Hamilton had a disappointing opening session, ending tenth as he launched an X-rated rant on his crew radio throughout the session.

He stated: “The bouncing is loopy mate. “I am f*** shedding my thoughts.” The seven-time world champion later added: “There’s an unimaginable quantity of bouncing.”

Martin Brundle picks 'team to beat' in Monaco between Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes

Martin Brundle has named his crew to beat out of Ferrari, Mercedes and Crimson Bull. (Picture: Sky Sports activities)

Hamilton even urged he wanted additional safety within the automobile. He defined: “Want elbow pads on this cockpit, it is bouncing a lot.”

Crimson Bull are main each the drivers’ and constructors’ standings after a superb begin to the season however had been fined €300 (£255) by stewards after Perez was caught rushing within the pit lane. The Mexican was recorded travelling nearly two mph above the pace restrict throughout the first session. Nevertheless, the crew will face no additional punishment, which means Perez doesn’t danger receiving any grid penalties.

Leclerc might be hoping to reclaim his lead within the Driver’s Championship, as Verstappen took the win in Spain final outing solely after the Monegasque suffered deadly engine points whereas within the lead. Verstappen has received each race he has completed this season however might be cautious of the beginning Leclerc has made in follow. Monaco is famously a troublesome circuit to overhaul so qualifying on Saturday will probably be essential, with over 68 per cent of all races having been received from the entrance row.

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