Why Mercedes lost out to Red Bull in practice

Why Mercedes lost out to Red Bull in practice

Red Bull was always expected to do well in Monaco, but Daniel Ricciardo being six tenths clear of the lead Mercedes on Thursday was still a shock. How much of that gap remains for qualifying depends on how quickly Mercedes can fix the areas it's lacking in

If ever there was a track where you may expect someone to genuinely knock Mercedes off its perch at the top of the Formula 1 tree that circuit would surely be Monaco.

After all, it is here, around the famous streets of Monte Carlo, where pure horsepower counts for far less than it does elsewhere in F1. Given Mercedes has dominated largely (though not solely) because of the superiority of its engine under the V6 hybrid turbo rules, Monaco is the place where it is naturally most vulnerable to attack.

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