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The teams are back on the track for the second practice session ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix

The teams are headed back to the grid for the second free practice session in advance of the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, hoping to apply the lessons learned in the first practice earlier on Friday.

That session saw Carlos Sainz Jr. of Ferrari lead the way, followed by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Championship leader Max Verstappen, who seemed to be battling the setup of his RB19, placed seventh in the morning’s practice session.

Sergio Pérez, Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, and Charles Leclerc rounded out the top five from the morning session.

Leclerc is hoping to finally break through with a victory in Monaco, driving the streets where he grew up. Leclerc’s bitter Monaco history is well documented, but with Ferrari’s one-lap pace this year looking strong, there is a good chance he could very well be on pole come Sunday, with a chance to finally win at home.

The 2023 Monaco Grand Prix is set for Sunday, and here is everything you need to know to watch. Until then, we’ll have you covered with a live rundown of the second practice session.

Before we get underway for FP2, here are some moments from FP1 earlier today. First we see Nico Hülkenberg suffer a puncture to his left rear:

Monaco’s unforgiving barriers claimed their first victim

Nico Hulkenberg ended up with a puncture after this clip with the wall at the Nouvelle Chicane #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/gqA9elO2NZ

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2023

And then this from Alex Albon which brought FP1 to an early close, as he loses the rear coming out of Turn 1:

A nasty shunt for Alex Albon in FP1#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/osgxk9V6zM

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2023

In the pre-practice show on F1TV Will Buxton made the point that the first practice session, which saw the Ferrari duo of Sainz and Leclerc in the top five, was run with all teams on both the hard or the medium tyres. While that might speak somewhat to race pace, in Monaco qualifying is the ballgame, so we will learn much more when the teams take to the streets with the soft tyres.

Sam Collins, back in the F1TV studio, walked through the upgrades that Mercedes has brought to Monaco, featuring “conventional” sidepods, which he compared to what we see this year from Alpine and Aston Martin.

Collins also noted that Mercedes “could be good” in the Monaco Grand Prix as a result of the changes to their W14.

Mercedes is not the only team with some new components for Monaco. In this video from Haas, Matteo Piraccini walks viewers through some of the changes they have made:

We have updates to our front wing and suspension for this weekend’s #MonacoGP

Matteo Piraccini from our design team has all the info #HaasF1 pic.twitter.com/sGruDoZ9Oq

— MoneyGram Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) May 26, 2023

Before we go green, let’s just take a moment to appreciate the scenes from Monaco:

Bonjour Monaco ✨

Who’s ready for some track action?! #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/UsTbvzEwDb

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2023

Monaco from above ✨

Who can you see on track? #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/vlB1cWjWX3

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2023

And now FP2 is underway, but not for Albon. The team is still doing work on Albon’s car after his late crash in FP1.

FP2 begins with every team but for Ferrari on the medium tyres. Leclerc and Sainz are running on the hard compound.

After the first set of times, Verstappen is atop the timing sheets, followed by Alonso, Hamilton, Russell, Lance Stroll, Yuki Tsunoda, Leclerc, Kevin Magnussen, Oscar Piastri, and Esteban Ocon rounding out the top ten.

Meanwhile, Buxton is reporting from Lando Norris’s garage that some extensive work is being done to Norris’s MCL60, suggesting that the “frantic” work being done makes it seem anything but routine.

Ten minutes into the session, Hamilton powers to the top of the table with a lap time of 1:13.984.

So maybe… just maybe… Mercedes actually has a fast car again? @MarkSchofield

— Gino Cammilleri (@GC24_Football) May 26, 2023

Maybe Gino. Maybe.

15 minutes into the practice session, the top five is currently Verstappen, Alonso, Sainz, Hamilton and Ocon. However, one might consider that Advantage: Ferrari, given that Sainz posted his time on the hard compound, while the other four all posted their times on the medium tyre.

So you want to be an F1 driver:

Not much room for error is there?!

The view from Oscar Piastri’s helmet cam #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/35GufvMwGq

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 26, 2023

We also need to take a moment and appreciate the lid Valtteri Bottas is bringing to the grid. this week:

That Monaco look. #F1 #MonacoGP pic.twitter.com/iFp5C1e4D9

— Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake (@alfaromeostake) May 26, 2023

F1TV cuts back to Collins in the studio, and the Motorsport Engineering Journalist walks us through the changes Alpine has brought to the track this week. The team has changed the sidepod, following the lead of Aston Martin.

Given what Aston Martin and the AMR23 have done this season, that is probably not a bad idea.

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