Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time Thursday in first practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver and championship leader was .059 seconds quicker than Red Bull driver Max Verstappen on the sinewy 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) street circuit.

Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas was third quickest and finished .072 behind Hamilton.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Thursday, May 23, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Thursday, May 23, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Ferrari again looked off the pace with Charles Leclerc fourth ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.

A second practice is scheduled for later Thursday.

Mercedes has been dominant so far, placing 1-2 in all five races and with Bottas second in the title race.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherland's steers his car during the first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Thursday, May 23, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherland’s steers his car during the first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Thursday, May 23, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Thursday, May 23, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the first practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Thursday, May 23, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)