Hamilton fastest ahead of Rosberg in 1st Monaco GP practice

MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time Thursday in an eventful first practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, a race he has not won since 2008.

Hamilton is chasing a third straight title and fourth overall but trails Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 43 points.

The pair swapped the lead in a competitive P1 on the new ultra soft tire compound, but Hamilton finished it .101 seconds quicker than Rosberg, who was second fastest and picked up a late puncture after running over a loose drain cover.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 N.Rosberg 100 4
2 K.Raikkonen 61 0
3 L.Hamilton 57 0
4 S.Vettel 48 0
5 D.Ricciardo 48 0
6 M.Verstappen 38 1
7 F.Massa 36 0
8 V.Bottas 29 0
9 D.Kvyat 22 0
10 R.Grosjean 22 0
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