Sebastian Vettel of Germany. Picture: REUTERS
Sebastian Vettel of Germany. Picture: REUTERS

Monaco — Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel looked a good bet for Ferrari’s first Monaco Grand Prix victory since 2001 after the fastest lap ever around the metal-fenced street circuit in Thursday practice.

The four-times world champion topped the timesheets with a best effort of 1min 12.720sec.

Lewis Hamilton, six points behind after five races, was only eighth with a lap of 1:13.873.

The top six in the afternoon were all inside last year’s pole position time of 1:13.622, set by Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was second fastest on Thursday, 0.487 slower than Vettel.

Ferrari’s 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest.

Reuters

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