F1: Verstappen nips two Ferraris to lead final Monaco practice

Red Bull Honda’s Max Verstappen waited until the waning minutes of practice 3 to show he has the pace to win pole for the Monaco GP later today. Verstappen’s lap of 1m11.294s beat the #55 Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr. by just 0.047s.

With only 0.047s between Verstappen and Sainz, pole position is certainly all still to play for in Monaco.

Charles Leclerc was third quick in the #16 Ferrari 0.258s behind the Dutchman.

Sergio Perez was 5th in the 2nd Red Bull Honda 0.523s behind his teammate.

Carlos Sainz Jr. almost fastest

Mercedes are the team really off the pace – Valtteri Bottas has improved, but only to fourth. Lewis Hamilton is down in seventh and really looks to be struggling today.

The session ended a few minutes early when Haas rookie Mick Schumacher crashed heavily coming out of Casino Square. Replays show that he just carried too much speed into the corner, lost the rear and couldn’t correct, smacking into the barriers with booth the rear and the front of his car. Schumacher was out and walking away which was good to see, shaking his head in despair. Getting that car ready for qualifying will be a tough ask here.

So while Mercedes will be working hard over lunch to find some pace, spare a thought for the Haas and Williams crews. They both have quite the rebuild to complete if they are to get Schumacher and Latifi out for qualifying a little later on.

With two red flag periods during the crucial qualifying simulation runs (the first was when Latifi crashed his Williams on the exit of the swimming pool), the order isn’t a true reflection – but it certainly gives an indication ahead of qualifying in just under a couple of hours’ time. Lando Norris is going to be one to watch, but Daniel Ricciardo still can’t get on his teammate’s pace here.


Practice 3 Results

Pos No. Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:11.294 +0.000s 19
2 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:11.341 +0.047s 28
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:11.552 +0.258s 27
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:11.765 +0.471s 21
5 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing Honda 1:11.817 +0.523s 18
6 4 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 1:11.988 +0.694s 20
7 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.020 +0.726s 20
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:12.298 +1.004s 25
9 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:12.357 +1.063s 28
10 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 1:12.537 +1.243s 24
11 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:12.539 +1.245s 21
12 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 1:12.700 +1.406s 22
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 1:12.959 +1.665s 25
14 47 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 1:13.139 +1.845s 21
15 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 1:13.329 +2.035s 19
16 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 1:13.390 +2.096s 20
17 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:13.447 +2.153s 29
18 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:13.475 +2.181s 22
19 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 1:13.522 +2.228s 30
20 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 1:13.614 +2.320s 18