Black flags for Haas duo; nervy moment for Gasly

There were rare black flags for Haas in FP1, but not for reasons relating to Rich Energy. Pierre Gasly saves himself from a big crash…

Here is how the first practice day in Monte Carlo unfolded…

The tributes to the late, great Niki Lauda continued to be show. Thank you, indeed.

Remembering Niki ??

In our thoughts this weekend. pic.twitter.com/XrSngeZUxP

— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) May 23, 2019

The weather certainly wasn’t fitting of the glitz and glamour of Monaco. However, you won’t find us complaining if it chucks it down all weekend and spices things up a little.

? from Monaco!

Clouds overhead as we get ready for FP1 #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/mbdwpV23pP

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 23, 2019

It was a quiet start to first practice in Monaco…too quiet. There were black flags for the Haas duo Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

With rumours circulating it had something to do with running the Rich Energy stag logo, a design ruled to be in breach of copyright last week, Haas confirmed it was relating to issues with telemetry and the radios instead.

?Both Haas cars have been black flagged

It appears that issues with the team's radio and telemetry have forced Grosjean and Magnussen back to the garage#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/qAJG0IXIKk

— Formula 1 (@F1) May 23, 2019

And Pierre Gasly almost became the first to go crashing into those famous Monaco walls. He did very well to save it.

¡Cruzada de Gasly! https://t.co/hox3ih0ett #F1 #MonacoGP pic.twitter.com/k3xH0movZB

— SoyMotor.com (@SoyMotor) May 23, 2019

Robert Kubica also had a close shave…

A half spin and cheeky kiss of the barrier for #RK88, so he boxes just to check everything over. #MonacoGP ?? pic.twitter.com/311qAKVpnP

— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) May 23, 2019

Carlos Sainz, meanwhile, missed a big chunk of time in FP1 due to ‘internal PU issues’ with his McLaren. He wasn’t able to set a timed lap.

The black flag drama for Haas was over before FP1, with both drivers back out with 15 minutes left on the clock to get some all-important laps in.

Promising signs as the drivers get back into the cars ?#HaasF1 #MonacoGP #FP1 pic.twitter.com/BBc2NTgnZh

— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) May 23, 2019

Just 0.072 seconds separated the top three of Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas. Perhaps giving us an early taster of a Mercedes and Red Bull battle this weekend *crosses fingers*.

FP1: Lewis Hamilton P1 as 0.1s separate top three

More to follow…

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