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

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.395s 23
2 Kimi Rรคikkรถnen Ferrari 1:12.740s + 0.345s 26
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.830s + 0.435s 29
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.940s + 0.545s 27
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.230s + 0.835s 27
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.392s + 0.997s 24
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:13.400s + 1.005s 27
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.563s + 1.168s 23
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:13.596s + 1.201s 21
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:13.805s + 1.410s 21
11 Sergio Pรฉrez Force India 1:13.936s + 1.541s 23
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:13.976s + 1.581s 26
13 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:14.072s + 1.677s 21
14 Felipe Massa Williams 1:14.072s + 1.677s 28
15 Nico Hรผlkenberg Renault 1:14.283s + 1.888s 24
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:14.547s + 2.152s 23
17 Lance Stroll Williams 1:14.675s + 2.280s 35
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:15.164s + 2.769s 25
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:15.291s + 2.896s 29
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:15.863s + 3.468s 26

 

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