Friday was still dominated by Charles Leclerc and Ferrari, but in the third free practice it turned out that Red Bull Racing should not be written off by a long shot. Sergio Perez has looked strong all weekend and set the fastest time in the final practice session despite being just 0.041s apart from Leclerc. About four tenths behind followed Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen, who conceded about as much as their teammates in the first two positions. So the battle for the best grid spot in Monaco seems wide open, but who will be able to secure pole in the end?
Even in the middle class, the differences were small all weekend. In the final practice session on Saturday, Pierre Gasly was behind Ferrari and Red Bull the best of the rest, but the difference to Lando Norris, Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen and George Russell was small. So it looks like four teams could be battling for the last six spots in Q3, although Fernando Alonso was also involved for Alpine. So in the final stages of Q2 it will be very important to get a good lap with no traffic, but who can do it best and then get in touch in the third qualifying segment?
These are questions that will be answered in the qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix over the next hour. The first part of qualifying starts at 4:00 p.m. and around 5:00 p.m. – as long as there are no red flags on the brakes – the decision in the fight for pole position will be made. Our F1 journalists will keep you updated on the latest developments during the session in the Principality via the live blog below.