Monaco GP – FP3: Red Bull’s leader, Hamilton is wrong

Monaco GP – FP3: Red Bull’s leader, Hamilton is wrong

Lewis Hamilton’s exit brought an early end to the third free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, with the two Red Bulls extending their lead ahead of qualifying. Verstappen ahead of Perez, Stroll third.

The final free practice session in Monte Carlo is always risky as a small mistake can seriously damage the car and with hours to go before qualifying, a failure could prematurely end any hopes of a good race result.

Somehow, Lewis Hamilton’s mistakes minutes before the checkered flag fell may have worried the Briton, although the damage to the Mercedes car does not appear to be serious and the seven-time world champion is likely to take part in the afternoon qualifying session as usual. Hamilton finished the process early, with the eighth best time of the process.

At the front the two Red Bulls went 1-2, with Max Verstappen less than a third of a second ahead of Sergio Perez, as the two drivers swapped quickly for much of the trial, before the reigning Dutchman came out on top. 1:12.776.

Aston Martin remains in the top positions, but this time it was Lance Stroll who was first, very close to the two Red Bulls, unlike Fernando Alonso who did not get a clear lap on the second set of soft tires and was just inside. 14th place in the ranking.

Recovering from yesterday’s accident, Carlos Sainz was once again the fastest of the two Ferraris, moving up to fourth place, while Charles Leclerc was seventh, unable to repeat yesterday’s performance and having several performance complaints. of SF23.

Between the two Scuderia drivers were Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly, with the McLaren driver repeating his FP2 performance and the Frenchman improving on Friday’s test. Behind Hamilton to finish in the top ten was another Alpine of Esteban Ocon, who comfortably overcame a problem with his car’s power unit earlier in the process, with a consistent Valtteri Bottas who continues to hold the top half of the grid.

In addition to Hamilton, another Mercedes of George Russell also had problems, and the Briton out of rhythm and sitting 11th was also in contact with obstacles. Proceedings were halted once more, under safety car conditions, to see Kevin Magnussen’s Haas out, as the Dane’s gearbox failed to make a mistake in the first corner and his attempt to get back on track.

The most important qualifying match for the Formula 1 world championship starts at 17:00.

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