The Debrief by Aramco: Monaco Grand Prix

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Date 25.05.2024 Read time 5 Min We’re in Monaco for the eighth round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship. Get the latest thoughts from Lance and Fernando following Qualifying at the jewel in F1’s crown.

Lance and Fernando had a difficult Qualifying in the Principality. They will start the Monaco Grand Prix from P14 and P16.

Saturday round-up and reaction

Both drivers will start the Grand Prix outside of the top 10. Lance qualified P14 while Fernando will line up tomorrow from P16.

Fernando was only 0.132 seconds away from getting through to Q2 during today’s Qualifying session.

Earlier in the day, the drivers completed their final Free Practice before Qualifying, with both running 25 laps to gather more valuable data and maximise potential.

#18 | Lance Stroll | Qualifying

“I think more was possible today. I put in some strong lap times to progress through to Q1, but then hit some traffic during my final flying lap in Q2. That cost us a couple of tenths. It’s especially tough to pass here, so I expect we’ll have a difficult day tomorrow, but we’ll still be looking to fight for points.”

FP3 1:12.331 P15 Q1 1:11.728 P9 Q2 1:11.563 P14

#14 | Fernando Alonso | Qualifying

“It was a case of wrong place and wrong moment today for me. This is Monaco and you need to find some luck here too! I lost quite a bit of lap time with the traffic in Q1 and there is nobody to blame as we can’t expect the traffic to vanish. Heading into Qualifying, we were thinking Q3 looked possible. It will be a tough day tomorrow, but we will take any opportunities that come our way.”

FP3 1:12.087 P10 Q1 1:12.019 P16

Mike Krack | Team Principal

“It has been a really tough day in Monaco and disappointing for our fans, the drivers and all of the team. There are no excuses, we simply did not have a race car capable of reaching the top ten today. The margins are very small, and we were on the wrong side of them.

“We now face an uphill battle to score points from P14 and P16, but we will do what we can to capitalise on any opportunities that might materialise in the long race tomorrow. Going forward we need to bring more performance to the AMR24.”

Next up

The Monaco Grand Prix takes place on Sunday at 14:00 BST.

Friday

Lance and Fernando spent Friday’s Practice sessions gathering important data and gaining a further understanding of the new updates.

Both drivers finished inside the top 10 in both Practice sessions. 

Fernando finished third in FP2 with a time that was only 0.388 seconds off last year’s pole.

#18 | Lance Stroll | Free Practice

“We got some good laps in during today’s Practice sessions so we’ll spend this evening looking through the data and maximising our learnings.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Qualifying. Driving around Monaco is always a lot of fun; it’s all about pushing to the limits. It’s always an exciting session, so we’ll see what we can do.”

FP1 1:12.789 P7 FP2 1:12.062 P7

#14 | Fernando Alonso | Free Practice

“It was good to get some track time today ahead of Qualifying tomorrow. We need to analyse all of our data overnight and let’s see what we can do in Qualifying.”

FP1 1:12.775 P6 FP2 1:11.753 P3

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