Piastri admits he’s ‘not in a rhythm yet’ around Monaco · RaceFans

In the round-up: Oscar Piastri admitted he has not yet found his rhythm around Monaco after Friday practice

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Piastri admits he’s ‘not in a rhythm yet’ around Monaco

After ending Friday practice 13 places further down the order than McLaren team mate Lando Norris, Piastri admitted he had a “tricky day” around the difficult street circuit.

“A bit off the pace, but I think it’s just about putting it together,” he said. “Especially around here with all the low speed corners, you have a little bit here and there and it can add up very quickly. So we’ll work on it overnight, see what I can do better.

“I think you’ve got to get yourself into a rhythm, which I don’t think I’ve really got myself into yet. From FP1, I improved on the areas I needed to, now it’s just catching up a bit in the rest of the places. So, I’m confident we can make a good step tomorrow.”

Sato sets pace on Carb Day

Two-times Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato was the fastest driver during Carb Day, the last warm up session ahead of Sunday’s race.

Sato set an overall best lap speed of 227.855mph in an accident free session, ahead of Chip Ganassi team mate Scott Dixon with Will Power third. Graham Rahal covered 77 laps for his first run in Stefan Wilson’s Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car.

Vesti on pole for F2 feature race

Frederik Vesti will start on pole position for the Formula 2 feature race in Monaco on Sunday after setting the overall quickest time in group qualifying.

After the field was split between even and odd numbered cars, Vesti set the fastest time in the second second session with a 1’21.053, beating Theo Pourchaire by half a tenth after Clement Novalak brought out the red flags after spinning into the barriers in Portier in the final minutes.

Arthur Leclerc also crashed out of the opening session at Anthony Noghes, before Victor Martins set the fastest time. That means Martins will start alongside Vesti on the front row for Sunday’s feature race, with Pourchaire third and Jack Doohan fourth.

Mini storms to F3 pole

Gabriele Mini secured pole position for the FIA Formula 3 feature race during yesterday’s qualifying session by a wide margin.

Mini’s best time of a 1’23.278 in the second session was over six tenths quicker than Dino Beganovic who secured the fastest time in the opening group. Beganovic topped the first session ahead of Luke Browning and Sebastian Montoya, who stopped on track at the exit of the Swimming Pool in the final minute of the session with damaged rear suspension.

Mini will therefore line up on pole ahead of Beganovic on the front row, with Paul Aron third and Browning fourth.

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