Hamilton posts fastest time in 1st practice at Monaco GP

MONACO (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time ahead of 17-year-old Max Verstappen in Thursday’s first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who has won three out of five races this season and signed a new three-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, was .149 seconds faster than the Verstappen, who drives for Toro Rosso and was racing on the sinewy Monaco circuit for the first time.

Daniel Ricciardo was third quickest for Red Bull, ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg, who is second behind Hamilton in the championship standings, had an early scare when he brushed his Mercedes against the barriers but did no damage.

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lotus driver Romain Grosjan also escaped without damage after spinning their cars.