Lewis Hamilton perfectly started his Monegasque week-end by setting the fastest time of the first free practice session. He got the best time of the morning in 1’13’’425 and also beat the previous track record held by Kimi Räikkönen since 2006 (1’13’’532).
The championship leader Sebastian Vettel took the second fastest time two tenths (+.0.196) behind the Mercedes driver. The four-time world champion finished ahead the Red Bull of Max Verstappen (+0.346) and the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas (+0.366).
Close to the win last year in the Principality, Daniel Ricciardo (+0.429) realised the fifth fastest time while Jenson Button signed the fourteenth time for his come back in Formula 1.