F1 2014

Mercedes On Top Again – Monaco FP3

Lewis Hamilton was fastest again in a processional FP3 ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was handed fastest lap by default after mechanical issues hampered team-mate Nico Rosberg’s run on the super-soft Pirelli compound at the close of the session. The German had been top of the timesheets by almost half a second ahead of the Englishman during the running on the harder, yellow-banded compound.

Running down the order it was clear that car performance has become even more of a factor this weekend than at previous races, with Ferrari, Force India, Toro Rosso, McLaren and Williams all running line-astern behind the Mercedes and Red Bull battle at the top; Daniel Ricciardo was 2nd fastest while Sebastian Vettel was 4th behind Rosberg.

Jules Bianchi turned in an impressive performance for Marussia on the super-soft tyres, finishing the session in 17th ahead of both Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez in – theoretically – faster cars, as well as team-mate Max Chilton and both Caterham drivers.

Jean Eric Vergne caused a couple of late yellow flags when he ran off at St Devote before coming to a halt at Mirabeau, though by then the chequered flag was out and he was able to get restarted and continue.

Qualifying is at 13:00 GMT.

CLASSIFICATION – FP3 – Monaco Grand Prix 24th May 2014

1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:16:758 27
2 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:16:808 26
3 Rosberg Mercedes 1:16:874 24
4 Vettel Red Bull 1:17:184 23
5 Alonso Ferrari 1:17:428 22
6 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17:448 24
7 Perez Force India 1:17:725 23
8 Hulkenberg Force India 1:18:074 21
9 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:18:136 19
10 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:18:166 26
11 Magnussen McLaren 1:18:249 28
12 Button McLaren 1:18:262 21
13 Bottas Williams 1:18:430 31
14 Massa Williams 1:18:542 30
15 Sutil Sauber 1:18:598 24
16 Grosjean Lotus 1:18:776 26
17 Bianchi Marussia 1:18:872 23
18 Maldonado Lotus 1:19:118 28
19 Gutierrez Sauber 1:19:149 28
20 Kobayashi Caterham 1:20:271 32
21 Chilton Marussia 1:20:394 25
22 Ericsson Caterham 1:20:589 30




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