Leclerc pips Bottas, as Vettel crashes out early in Monaco

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Ferrari’s Monaco preparations took a hit – quite literally – in final practice on Saturday morning, as Sebastian Vettel put his car into the Turn 1 wall barely a quarter of an hour into the session.

To make up for it, though, team mate Charles Leclerc beat Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to P1 – albeit by just 0.053s! However, Leclerc is under investigation for potentially infringing the Virtual Safety Car procedure – ironically triggered by Vettel’s accident.

After some last-minute set-up changes at the start of the hour, Lewis Hamilton took his Silver Arrow – with red halo in remembrance of Niki Lauda – to third place, two-tenths down on Leclerc, while Red Bull remained very much in the mix, with Max Verstappen fourth ahead of team mate Pierre Gasly.

Antonio Giovinazzi’s strong weekend form continued with a very impressive P6 for Alfa Romeo, the Italian separated from team mate Kimi Raikkonen in the times by Toro Rosso’s Danill Kvyat, who survived a brush with the barriers at the tunnel entrance, and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

Thursday star Alexander Albon completed the top ten in the second Toro Rosso, ahead of the Renault duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Practice 3 Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:11.265 +0.000s 26
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:11.318 +0.053s 27
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:11.478 +0.213s 27
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:11.539 +0.274s 24
5 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 1:11.738 +0.473s 27
6 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:12.170 +0.905s 23
7 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:12.194 +0.929s 27
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:12.270 +1.005s 25
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:12.308 +1.043s 27
10 23 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:12.338 +1.073s 32
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:12.489 +1.224s 26
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:12.519 +1.254s 26
13 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:12.566 +1.301s 27
14 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.583 +1.318s 7
15 55 Carlos Sainz Mclaren Renault 1:12.862 +1.597s 29
16 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Renault 1:12.914 +1.649s 26
17 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:13.232 +1.967s 23
18 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:13.622 +2.357s 21
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:14.086 +2.821s 27
20 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:14.305 +3.040s 27

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