Monaco: Vettel tops final practice for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel takes it to Mercedes in final practice
Sebastian Vettel takes it to Mercedes in final practice

Sebastian Vettel heads into qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix poised to take the fight for pole position to Mercedes after storming to the fastest time in final free practice.

Ferrari's Vettel emerged as the man to beat in FP3, his final effort toppling the Mercedes' by stopping the clock at 1min 16.143secs.

Indeed, Mercedes had looked comfortable out front for much of the session, but Nico Rosberg's response to Vettel's fast lap would leave him two tenths behind the Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton was more than half a second behind the German as he aborted his last runs due to traffic and yellow flags.

Red Bull and Toro Rosso followed in fourth and fifth, Daniel Ricciardo leading Carlos Sainz, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. It should be noticed that rookie Carlos Sainz Jr. was again faster that Max Verstappen making many think now in the paddock that Verstappen is not the 2nd coming of Ayrton Senna. Sainz has dominated Verstappen and he's almost just as young.

Daniil Kvyat was seventh fastest, ahead of Jenson Button while his McLaren-Honda teammate Fernando Alonso could only manage 14th.

Practice 3 Results

Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.143s 0.000s 27
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.361s 0.218s 31
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.705s 0.562s 31
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m17.120s 0.977s 26
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m17.256s 1.113s 39
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m17.401s 1.258s 11
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m17.471s 1.328s 28
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.767s 1.624s 28
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m17.788s 1.645s 23
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.806s 1.663s 28
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m17.832s 1.689s 30
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.956s 1.813s 28
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.102s 1.959s 32
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m18.197s 2.054s 26
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.212s 2.069s 29
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m18.242s 2.099s 32
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.767s 2.624s 38
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.269s 3.126s 37
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m21.093s 4.950s 31
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m22.225s 6.082s 30

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