Ferrari and Vettel still on top in final free practice

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Sebastian Vettel remained comfortably at the top of the timesheet in Saturday's final free practice before this afternoon's qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel lowered the Principality's unofficial lap record again with a 1m12.395s lap, leaving team mate Kimi Raokkonen 0.345s in his wake.

Mercedes kicked off the session in catch-up mode after a botched FP2 on Thursday but both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton remained at a fair distance from their Ferrari counterparts.

The Mercedes drivers sandwiched Red Bull's Max Verstappen in P5 while Daniel Ricciardo was sixth but encountered a brake-by-wire issue in the closing stages of the session.

Toro Rosso's junior bulls Carlos Sainz and Dany Kvyat kept up the momentum, and will be a force to be reckoned with in qualifying.

It was a different story at Force India however with Esteban Ocon clipping the barrier at the Swimming Pool complex and breaking the steering arm of his VJM10.

The Force India crew has its work cut out for itself to repair Ocon's car in time for qualifying.

Free Practice 3 results

1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:12.395s23
2Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:12.740s+ 0.345s26
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1:12.830s+ 0.435s29
4Max VerstappenRed Bull1:12.940s+ 0.545s27
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:13.230s+ 0.835s27
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:13.392s+ 0.997s24
7Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:13.400s+ 1.005s27
8Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:13.563s+ 1.168s23
9Kevin MagnussenHaas1:13.596s+ 1.201s21
10Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:13.805s+ 1.410s21
11Sergio PérezForce India1:13.936s+ 1.541s23
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:13.976s+ 1.581s26
13Esteban OconForce India1:14.072s+ 1.677s21
14Felipe MassaWilliams1:14.072s+ 1.677s28
15Nico HülkenbergRenault1:14.283s+ 1.888s24
16Romain GrosjeanHaas1:14.547s+ 2.152s23
17Lance StrollWilliams1:14.675s+ 2.280s35
18Jolyon PalmerRenault1:15.164s+ 2.769s25
19Pascal WehrleinSauber1:15.291s+ 2.896s29
20Marcus EricssonSauber1:15.863s+ 3.468s26


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