Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel open to future partnership

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Daniel Ricciardo has lapped Monaco's metal-fenced streets in record time as Red Bull dominated practice for Formula One's most glamorous grand prix during Thursday's practice sessions. It's a lot closer and we may not have the pace of the others but we will find out tomorrow.

"I'm glad that was the fastest lap that anyone has ever done as it felt so quick. I can do without everything else, even though it's the way it is", he added.

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 made a decision to take no further action.

Nevertheless, as Ricciardo knows fortune can be a fickle mistress in Monaco and neither Ferrari nor Mercedes can be written off.

When Hamilton was pushed further on the possibility of teaming up with Vettel, he said: "I'm down to race with whoever. The auto felt good in some places, in others it felt bad".

The 38-year-old is now progressing through his latest one-year extension with the Scuderia as retirement rumours continue to circulate in the paddock.

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"Ferrari were very strong here previous year but, for whatever reason, Red Bull didn't get it together but maybe this weekend it will".

"We're still not probably the quickest auto, but we can be if we get it all hooked up".

The 30-year-old's fourth-placed finish in Barcelona saw him fall 17 points behind championship-leading Mercedes rival Hamilton.

Ricciardo famously lost victory in Monaco in 2016 when he was leading comfortably only for his team to fail to have his tyres ready at a pit stop, handing the lead to Hamilton.

"It is the target for sure, the intention this weekend was to try and win, and be dominant". We topped the sessions, so for now we have done all we can.

"Ask me [about] individual drivers, where they should go: Ricciardo, I would say Ferrari", Rosberg said.

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Formula 1 points leader Lewis Hamilton says it's "a dream" to drive the streets of Monte Carlo but warns fans that he expects a hard weekend ahead on a circuit that typically highlights the Mercedes' weaknesses.

Outside of the top 10, it was an encouraging session for Toro Rosso, with Brendon Hartley securing the 11th fastest time while Pierre Gasly was 14th fastest, separated by the Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who missed last year's race to compete in the Indianapolis 500 instead, had a hard opening session with his auto suffering problems with its brake-by-wire system.

The double world champion had a better afternoon and finished ninth fastest.

In the afternoon session, Williams' poor performance continued, with Sergey Sirotkin emerging in 15th fastest while Lance Stroll spent a large portion of his time in the vehicle complaining, ending the session at the back of the timesheets in 19th.

"If you look back and had the chance to win, clearly, and you didn't, then it's a must win", he added.

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