Charles Leclerc and Ferrari looked unbeatable at Monaco this weekend, but in final practice Red Bull’s Sergio Perez ruined the party in his #11 Red Bull.
After a last minute rear suspension adjustment, Perez put up a time of 1m12.476s – just 0.041s faster than the Ferrari of Leclerc.
Red Bull were three tenths back yesterday, but they look right in the fight here today. Don’t discount Ferrari though, with just 0.041s separating Perez in P1 and Leclerc in P2.
Carlos Sainz Jr. was third quick, 0.370s behind his Ferrari teammate.
Max Verstappen could only manage 4th best in the #1 Red Bull, 0.405s behind, as he struggles to keep pace here with his Mexican teammate.
There was then a big gap back to Pierre Gasly in 5th for AlphaTauri.
The only incident in the session was Lance Stroll whacking the barrier with the right side of his #18 Aston Martin. He was able to drive it back to the pits, his session over.
So is it a four-way fight for pole later on? Perez and Leclerc seem the pick of the bunch, but the other two can’t be discounted. Sainz was very quick here last year, and Verstappen can never be discounted on any track.
Behind, Mercedes improved as the session wore on, but their drivers certainly didn’t look overly happy out there. Hamilton sounded confused as to where his missing pace was, but he did at least finish in front of his teammate, which is rare. Can Russell beat him yet again in qualifying?
Practice 3 Results
|1||Sergio Perez||MEX||Oracle Red Bull Racing||1m12.476s||+0.000|
|2||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m12.517s||+0.041|
|3||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari||1m12.846s||+0.370|
|4||Max Verstappen||NED||Oracle Red Bull Racing||1m12.881s||+0.405|
|5||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri||1m13.210s||+0.734|
|6||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m13.226s||+0.750|
|7||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m13.375s||+0.899|
|8||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Haas F1 Team||1m13.436s||+0.960|
|9||George Russell||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas||1m13.476s||+1.000|
|10||Fernando Alonso||ESP||BWT Alpine F1 Team||1m13.585s||+1.109|
|11||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri||1m13.645s||+1.169|
|12||Mick Schumacher||GER||Haas F1 Team||1m13.827s||+1.351|
|13||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||1m13.838s||+1.362|
|14||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen||1m13.849s||+1.373|
|15||Alexander Albon||THA||Williams Racing||1m13.882s||+1.406|
|16||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||1m14.101s||+1.628|
|17||Esteban Ocon||FRA||BWT Alpine F1 Team||1m14.260s||+1.784|
|18||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant||1m14.639s||+2.163|
|19||Guanyu Zhou||CHN||Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen||1m14.861s||+2.385|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m14.910s||+2.434|