"The speed, sometimes I'm running round or driving round this city in the offseason, and it's hard to believe the speeds that we do up the hill and to turn 1, out of the tunnel", said Hamilton.
"We're closer to Red Bull and Ferrari than I expected, but we're still a few tenths off. He's a four-time world champion and I doubt he's cheap". We have more grip on the front and the rear, but we've only raced once with the updates. "We haven't set a fixed date where we want to announce but I can tell you that I don't see a reason why this shouldn't be happening". "I'm sure if you ask any grid girl on Sunday if they're happy to stand there, their answer would be: "yes". So we've got some ground to cover and pick up if we want to be in the fight for the win".
"People will bring up the word loyalty and all that, but at some point I have to think about what is best for me", Ricciardo said.
Just sign on the dotted line Lewis and get back to racing!
Verstappen, 20, was summoned to see the stewards after reversing onto the track in the opening session when he ran off at the first Sainte Devote corner, but they chose to take no further action.
The key change from the Spanish Grand Prix arrangement is the removal of a winglet that Ferrari claimed served a structural role in reducing vibration of the mirrors but which the FIA felt was being exploited primarily for aerodynamic gain.
"I do anticipate that it's going to be a hard weekend". "We get together and sort things out and then get busy in our daily operation jobs - us on the team side and Lewis on his preparation".
Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest, ahead of the McLarens of Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso, the latter's day compromised slightly by losing most of the first session because of a brake-by-wire issue.
Express Sport understands the team had hoped to have something in place before the beginning of the season but that deadline is now two months past. Pierre Gasly was 14th ahead of the highest placed McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne and local hero Charles Leclerc in the Sauber. He then dropped back to 15th in second practice.
"We heard about it but it is normal that every now and again you have something popping up and then there's rumours", he said. Not one that's impossible, but it's a lot closer and we may not have the pace of the others, but we'll find out (Friday in practice) the true pace and what we've arrived here with.