It was a day to remember for Ferrari and its fans on Thursday, as the Scuderia finished one-two at an F1 session for the first time since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
A lot has changed since then, with the Scuderia enduring their worst season since 1980 last time out. However after a promising start to the season that sees them sit fourth in the constrcutors' standings, the team caught everyone off guard with their performance during the first two practices sessions for the F1 Monaco GP.
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished one-two during FP2, which came on the back of the Spaniard finishing second earlier in the day. Although Leclerc was sidelined for most of the morning due to a gearbox issue, he answered back with a roar in the afternoon.
"I am happy and I feel really good in the car, even though I was only able to complete four laps in FP1," Leclerc told Sky Sport Italia. "I put in a good lap time and I think there is still room for improvement, however I think that goes for our rivals as well."
Leclerc noted that Ferrari's performance was almost too good to be true, with qualifying on Saturday likely a real indicator of their pace.
"A hard day of work awaits us on Friday. We still can't be optimistic, as it all seems too good to be true. It's too early to know what our real pace is, but we'll see on Saturday."
As for Sainz, the Spaniard stated he felt comfortable with the car early on in the day on Thursday. However much like Leclerc, he believes it is still too early to say what Ferrari can aim for in Sunday's Monaco GP.
"Things went well in FP1, I felt really good in the car right away," Sainz told Sky Sport Italia. "Even in FP2 I was putting in laps to stay ahead. However we have to see what fuel levels and set ups we had compared to the other cars, as there is always a big difference between Thursday and Saturday here.
"It seems like we are close to the front but we have to see where things really stand. There are several positives for the team. The main one is that the car is really fast in the corners."