F1 LIVE: Monaco Grand Prix practice times and latest updates as Lewis Hamilton considers further improvements

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Follow live updates and the latest Formula 1 news from the Monaco Grand Prix as testing begins today at the iconic Monte Carlo circuit. The sight of Formula 1 cars sweeping the streets of Monte Carlo is one of the finest in motorsport and it will be an important weekend in the title chase as defending champion Max Verstappen looks to increase the pressure on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who will be aiming to deliver glory on his home circuit.

Verstappen won three races in a row to take the championship lead from Leclerc and was the winner of the Monaco Grand Prix last time out, after the Monegasque driver was unable to start the race on pole position following a crash during the heats. qualifications. The title rivals are set to face off again this weekend, with this afternoon’s practice sessions offering the first clues as to the pace. “Monaco is always an eventful but special weekend,” Verstappen said this week. “Qualification is key.”

Mercedes, meanwhile, will be looking to build on their encouraging form at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. George Russell claimed a podium finish as Lewis Hamilton’s hopes were dashed, but team boss Toto Wolff warned Mercedes have traditionally struggled in Monaco at what is a “difficult” circuit for drivers. Silver Arrows. Follow live the preparations for the Monaco Grand Prix and all the latest F1 news below:


The sun is shining

As mentioned, the weather is fine this afternoon, with only the glare of the bright early summer sun for the drivers. Nico Rosberg shunned the shoes on the cover of Sky Sports to stand barefoot in his pale chinos on one of the many yachts nestled in Monaco’s marinas – and with temperatures over 30 degrees you can see why.

Harry Latham CoyleMay 27, 2022 12:57 p.m.


Monaco Grand Prix Practice 1

Yes, a first chance for the class of 2022 to understand the familiar twists and turns of the principality’s alleys. How will the new cars behave on a circuit that has been criticized in recent years? Of course, for part of the grid Monaco are at home during the weeks they are not on the road, and for Charles Leclerc it is a real homecoming. Not that the title contender’s record in Monte Carlo is anything to brag about – the Ferrari driver is yet to complete a Monaco Grand Prix in his Formula 1 career.

Harry Latham CoyleMay 27, 2022 12:54 p.m.


Monaco Grand Prix Practice 1

A glamorous location, a historic circuit – it’s always a fun Formula 1 weekend when the traveling masses congregate in Monaco. It may not be the most popular destination for racing fans, but the rainy Sunday forecast could add an air of unpredictability to things on race day in Monte Carlo.

But for now, the sun is shining brightly, the port is sparkling and the drivers will soon be behind the wheel of their cars for the first practice session…

Harry Latham CoyleMay 27, 2022 12:50 p.m.


George Russell has ‘lots to improve’ over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton

George Russell has admitted he still has “a lot to improve” despite his impressive start to his career at Mercedes, which saw the 24-year-old take an early lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Championship standings.

Despite Mercedes’ early struggles, Russell performed well in his first season with the team and secured a podium at the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend. He continued his streak of back-to-back top-five finishes to open the season, but despite his consistency the British driver said he was not yet the complete ‘package’, at least compared to the seven-time world champion Hamilton.

Reflecting on his start to the season, Russell told reporters ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix: “I’m just focusing on myself and trying to do the best job I can – and wherever that leaves me, I’ll do sort of a review from there.”

Michael JonesMay 27, 2022 12:45 p.m.


Daniel Ricciardo admits he fell short of expectations with McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted his early performances of the 2022 Formula 1 season have fallen short of his own expectations.

The McLaren driver recorded just one top-ten finish in the opening six races, finishing sixth at his home Australian Grand Prix but failing to score.

Ricciardo, who was outclassed by team-mate Lando Norris, admitted he and McLaren need to improve but is still confident he can compete for race wins.

Michael JonesMay 27, 2022 12:38 p.m.


Seven F1 teams could pull out of races over budget cap, says Christian Horner

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has warned that up to seven teams may have to pull out of racing this season to meet the Formula budget cap.

The cap has fallen to £111m for the 2022 season from £115m in 2021. Horner says governing body FIA should increase the budget to reflect rising inflation and they have a “duty of care” to ensure teams can complete the campaign.

“Seven of the teams would probably have to miss the last four races to reach the cap this year,” he said, according toBBC Sports. “It’s not just about the big teams. It’s the midfield teams that are really struggling with inflation issues. The FIA ​​has a duty of vigilance. I know they take it seriously. »

Michael JonesMay 27, 2022 12:30 p.m.


Mercedes respond to allegations that Lewis Hamilton touched Red Bull’s rear wing after Spanish Grand Prix

An image emerged of Hamilton walking behind the car, which looked like he had touched it. Max Verstappen was fined last season for doing the same with Hamilton’s wing at the Brazilian Grand Prix, which some fans were quick to point out.

However, Mercedes insisted Hamilton did not actually come into contact with the car.

Michael JonesMay 27, 2022 12:19 p.m.


FIA pushes back on imposing jewelry ban on Lewis Hamilton and other F1 drivers

Formula 1’s watchdog has cracked down on drivers wearing jewelry in their cars this season, more stringently enforcing a rule in place since 2005.

The decision was criticized by Mercedes’ Hamilton, who has a nose stud that would have required surgery to remove. The seven-time world champion was granted a two-race exemption to allow his withdrawal which was due to expire before the Monte Carlo race, but reports now suggest stricter rules will not be enforced until June 30.

Michael JonesMay 27, 2022 12:10 p.m.


Charles Leclerc tipped by Christian Horner to fight back in ‘unique’ home race

Michael Jones27 May 2022 12:00


Daniel Ricciardo failed to live up to McLaren expectations, says Zak Brown

As well as winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza last season, Ricciardo has struggled at McLaren and sits 12th in the drivers’ standings this season with just one top ten finish from the opening six races.

By contrast, Ricciardo’s teammate Lando Norris made it to the podium and is seventh overall, only behind the Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes drivers, and Brown said there was a “gap” between the drivers.

Michael JonesMay 27, 2022 11:53 a.m.