Why the F1 order is mixed up in Monaco

Why the F1 order is mixed up in Monaco

Ferrari led the way, but Mercedes was at the foot of the top 10 and Red Bull and Toro Rosso jumped into the mix. There's logic behind the apparent madness, though

Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari set the pace in Thursday practice for the Monaco Grand Prix. That was no great surprise for a car/driver combination that has won two of the first five races of the 2017 Formula 1 season. But behind Vettel, almost half a second behind him in fact, the order was highly unusual by F1 standards.

Red Bull was unexpectedly second fastest; the Toro Rosso drivers were an even more remarkable fourth and fifth - and ahead of the second Red Bull; and Sergio Perez's customer-powered Force India was quicker than both works Mercedes drivers, who were also split by Kevin Magnussen's Haas - a lower points contender at best ordinarily.

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