Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo tops Thursday practice in Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo drives on track during practice for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

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Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo gave improving Red Bull another boost Thursday with the fastest time in the second practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, quicker than Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Red Bull struggled for consistency last season but the car’s pace is improving, with teammate Max Verstappen winning the Spanish GP two weeks ago.

Ricciardo was more than half a second quicker than Hamilton and .899 seconds faster than Rosberg.

In the morning’s first practice, Hamilton led Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

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But Vettel struggled in the afternoon, damaging his rear wing at the Mirabeau turn and spinning his car at Sainte Devote as he clocked the ninth fastest time.

There is a final practice on Saturday ahead of qualifying.

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