F1 | Alonso runs longest but Hamilton proves fastest at Monaco

FIA F1 | 2015 Formula 1 World Championship – Monaco F1 Grand Prix (FP1 + FP2)

Written by - Jarrod Moore

2015 Formula 1 Championship News

Mercedes AMG officially confirmed today that Lewis Hamilton will be driving for the team until 2018, with Hamilton signing a new agreement that puts rest to the speculations of him moving to Italy to drive alongside Sebastian Vettel at Scuderia Ferrari.

Hamilton confirmed “Mercedes has supported me since 1998, so I am very pleased that this contract will make 20 years with Mercedes in 2018.”

In other news, the F1 Strategy Group made up of current Formula 1 team managers and members of the FIA, Formula 1’s governing body, met last week to discuss the future direction of the sport by putting forward ideas and suggestions that could take effect as early as 2017.

The most notable recommendations were;

  1. To bring back refuelling during pit stops which was removed several years ago to increase the safety of the team and drivers and to reduce the transport costs associated with moving the large fuel rigs to and from each Grand Prix.
  2. Cancel Friday free practice sessions one and two to significantly reduce team running costs.
  3. To make the cars look more aggressive, this could be achieved by increasing the size and shape of the current aero package and changing the height and width of the tyres.
  4. To make the cars up to six seconds a lap quicker by making the engines more powerful, this change alone could herald the return of the screaming F1 engine sounds.

Since arriving at the circuit earlier this week, most of the team managers were been tight lipped about the outcome of the talks although it would seem that the sport is once again destined for another major shakeup.

Christian Horner (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) and Toto Wolff (Mercedes AMG Petronas F1) were positive and agreed in part with proposed changes.

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Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix | Free Practice 1 and 2

This weekend marks the 60th running of famous Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix and the six round of the 2015 Formula 1 Championship, a race that every F1 driver is desperate to win.

The first Monaco Grand Prix was staged in 1950 although it wasn’t included as a permanent fixture till 1955.

The track consists of 19 corners, eight left turns and eleven right turns over 2.07miles/3.337kms and the cars are at full throttle for 22 percent of the lap.

(FP1) With Hamilton sitting on top of the 2015 Drivers Championship, he will be looking to build his lead over team mate Nico Rosberg with a win at the famous track.

He even admitted earlier today that he had the car to win the race last year but he didn’t capitalise on his position, a mistake he won’t be keen to make again this year.

Free Practice 1

With track temperature registering at 22C/72F and an ambient temperature of 15C/59F, teams during FP1 found it extremely difficult to get and maintain temperature in the tyres and brakes.

All nineteen cars made an appearance during the first session although they had to deal with early set up issues and a lack of grip thanks to a green track.

Free Practice 2

With light rain falling throughout FP2, teams camped out in their pit garages for most of the session until the sun came out in the final ten minutes which prompted teams to set a decent lap time as the track continued to dry.

Running time would again be cut short with Manor Marussia F1 driver Robert Merhi, making heavy contact with the armco at the exit of the Monte Carlo Hotel tunnel after hitting a known bump and upsetting the balance of the car.

Fernando Alonso completed the most amount of laps with a total of 18 which gave the team a limited amount of dry running track data with the track being resurfaced since the race last year.

The official tyre supplier to 2015 F1 Championship stated that little had changed in the grip level of the surface and tyre wear would be similar to last year.

After signing his new three year contract with Mercedes AMG this week, Hamilton was came out punching to set the quickest time in FP2 with a time of 1:17.192, seven tenths quicker than team mate Rosberg.

Ferrari again find themselves in a challenging position being more than a second behind Mercedes AMG with the pace of their cars seemingly falling away with the new fuel flow regulations coming into effect after the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Kvyat continues to improve in the struggling Renault powered Red Bull to be just behind Raikkonen although is continually being pressured by Toro Rosso drivers Verstappen and Sainz snapping at his heels.

MyDrive | Monaco Free Practice 2 Session Times

MyDrive | Monaco Free Practice 2 Session Times

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