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Ricciardo tops FP3 as Verstappen puts himself in the barriers!


Daniel Ricciardo continued Red Bull's superb form in Saturday's final free practice, snatching the best time from team mate Max Verstappen after the latter crashed late in the session.

The Red Bull duo edged out the Ferrari combo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Monaco Grand Prix - Free Practice 3

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:11.786s 23
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:11.787s + 0.001s 14
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.023s + 0.237s 23
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:12.142s + 0.356s 26
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.273s + 0.487s 26
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.356s + 0.570s 27
7 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:12.752s + 0.966s 25
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:12.761s + 0.975s 23
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:12.850s + 1.064s 24
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:12.854s + 1.068s 23
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:12.874s + 1.088s 25
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:12.940s + 1.154s 23
13 Sergio Pérez Force India 1:13.025s + 1.239s 22
14 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:13.112s + 1.326s 26
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:13.279s + 1.493s 25
16 Lance Stroll Williams 1:13.595s + 1.809s 26
17 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:13.644s + 1.858s 25
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:13.881s + 2.095s 21
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14.192s + 2.406s 20
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:14.221s + 2.435s 28

Teams put their Friday changes through their paces in Formula 1's final dress rehearsal before this afternoon's all-important qualifying session.

It was a Ferrari 1-2 early on with Kimi Raikkonen leading Sebastian Vettel, with Mercedes' duo snapping at the Scuderia heels while Red Bull's chargers only completing installation laps in the first ten minutes of the 60-minute session.

Bottas had a moment early on, running down the escape road at Ste Devote but nudging the barrier with his rear wing as he spun around.

Raikkonen lowered the benchmark to 1m12.9 before Hamilton deposed the Finn at the top with a stint on the hypersoft rubber and a tour in 1m12.6s.

Vettel however took immediate revenge, putting Ferrari ahead once again by 0.2s.

After a cautious warm-up period, the Red Bulls got down to business with Ricciardo first lap putting him fast by 0.033s, a time that Verstappen quickly bettered.

The two drivers, outright favourites for this afternoon's qualy, continued to swap best times, the Dutchman eventually dipping into the 1m11s.

As the two drivers enjoyed their own private party at the head of the field, Ferrari regrouped behind, with Vettel and Raikkonen edging out Hamilton and Bottas.


With just eight minutes remaining, drama ensued however when Verstappen hit the barrier at the right-hander Swimming Pool complex, putting himself out of the session and forcing a massive and hasty repair job on his Red Bull crew!

The incident brought out the red flags, but the session resumed with just three minutes of track time remaining.

That 180 seconds was all Ricciardo needed however to add a bit of salt on his tea mate's wound as he beat Verstappen's time by 0.001s!

A quartet of unexpected runners rounded off the top ten, with Brendon Hartley leading fellow Toro Rosso charger Pierre Gasly in P7 and P8, and Williams' Sergey Sirotkin putting in a good effort to place his Williams tenth, just 0.004 s behind Renault's Carlos Sainz.

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