Hamilton heads tight field in Monaco FP1

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Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet at the end of Thursday's first free practice session, edging out Sebastain Vettel by just 0.196s.

The Mercedes drivers' fastest lap was quicker than last year's pole while the top five drivers were covered by just under half a second.

Vettel's Ferrari suffered a slight mishap early on when he tapped the barriers while P3's Max Verstappen endured a puncture.

Other than that it was an incident-free session - a rare occurrence at Monaco - save for Nico Hulkenberg and Marcus Ericsson who were hit by technical gremlins which prevented any meaningful running.

Daniel Ricciardo clocked in with 45 laps under his belt and the fifth fastest time, right behind Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes.

Meanwhile, Jenson Button's return to the fray yielded P14, with the McLaren driver just fractionally down on team mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

The 2009 victor's time was just 1.529s slower than Lewis Hamitlon's fastest lap, an indication of the level of competition of the field in the Principality.

Free practice 1 results

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:13.425s40
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1:13.621s+ 0.196s34
3Max VerstappenRed Bull1:13.771s+ 0.346s32
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1:13.791s+ 0.366s40
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:13.854s+ 0.429s45
6Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:14.111s+ 0.686s42
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:14.164s+ 0.739s37
8Sergio PérezForce India1:14.201s+ 0.776s32
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:14.333s+ 0.908s39
10Esteban OconForce India1:14.425s+ 1.000s39
11Felipe MassaWilliams1:14.617s+ 1.192s37
12Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:14.813s+ 1.388s38
13Kevin MagnussenHaas1:14.870s+ 1.445s34
14Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:14.954s+ 1.529s35
15Romain GrosjeanHaas1:15.321s+ 1.896s33
16Lance StrollWilliams1:15.595s+ 2.170s44
17Jolyon PalmerRenault1:15.949s+ 2.524s42
18Pascal WehrleinSauber1:16.258s+ 2.833s33
19Nico HülkenbergRenault3
20Marcus EricssonSauber3


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