Daniel Ricciardo was one of the stars of the first day of practice in Monaco as the Red Bull driver led the chase of the Mercedes duo in FP1.
Ricciardo, a two-time Monaco winner in Renault 3.5, was only ninth in the disjointed FP2 session. However in equal conditions in the morning he was only 0.235s off pacesetter Hamilton, and half a second faster than Sebastian Vettel.
"It was a shame we didn’t run so much this afternoon due to the conditions, but if it rains over the weekend then we’ll want to use the tires, so there was a bit of waiting around," he said. "At the end the track still had a few damp patches, so we didn’t really learn that much this afternoon but I think the morning went well, so we’ve just got to try and get the setup from that.
"The few laps I did this afternoon felt similar to the morning in terms of car balance and the things we need to work on, so I think the direction we’ve got to go is pretty clear. If we’re going to challenge the Merc’s then I think this is the place for it, they don’t seem to have one sector at the moment which is blowing everyone away, but obviously it’s still early days."