Monaco GP F1 practice: Ricciardo fastest as Verstappen crashes in FP3

Daniel Ricciardo completed a clean sweep of Monaco Grand Prix practice sessions as his Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen crashed heavily late in FP3 on Saturday

Monaco GP F1 practice: Ricciardo fastest as Verstappen crashes in FP3

After enjoying a one-two in FP1 and FP2 on Thursday Red Bull continued its fine form on the streets of Monte Carlo with Verstappen initially turning the tables on Ricciardo.

Verstappen set two times good enough for top spot as Thursday pacesetter Ricciardo lapped just over a tenth slower than the Dutchman.

However, when Verstappen emerged for a late run on fresh hypersofts he crashed exiting the Swimming Pool section on his first flying lap.

Verstappen had a small wobble after clearing the Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr approaching the right-left chicane, then clipped the inside wall as he turned in.

That broke the right front steering and sent Verstappen across the chicane's run-off and into the wall heavily on the right-hand side.

It was an almost identical crash to one Verstappen suffered two years ago, and gives Red Bull significant work to do to get the car ready for qualifying.

The session was red-flagged before resuming with three minutes remaining, and Ricciardo took full advantage to improve to a 1m11.786s, just one-thousandth of a second faster than Verstappen.

Sebastian Vettel headed Ferrari's charge two tenths back in third, with Lewis Hamilton best of the Mercedes drivers in fifth.

Raikkonen slipped in between the title rivals, a tenth back from his team-mate after a lap that looked very strong before fading in the final sequence of corners.

Valtteri Bottas struggled initially in the second Mercedes, which required a rear wing change after the Finn clobbered the barrier in the Ste Devote run-off after attempting a quick U-turn having run straight on.

He did jump up the order with 20 minutes remaining by getting ahead of Hamilton into fifth on a 1m12.356s.

Hamilton then hit back with a time less than a tenth faster despite encountering a Williams just as he approached the final corner.

Brendon Hartley took best-of-the-rest honours in seventh behind the big three teams for Toro Rosso ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly.

Sainz, who also took to the Turn 1 escape road during the session but rejoined without damaging his car, and Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin completed the top 10.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m11.786s - 23
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m11.787s 0.001s 14
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.023s 0.237s 23
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m12.142s 0.356s 26
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.273s 0.487s 26
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.356s 0.570s 27
7 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.752s 0.966s 25
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m12.761s 0.975s 23
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m12.850s 1.064s 24
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m12.854s 1.068s 23
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m12.874s 1.088s 25
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m12.940s 1.154s 23
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.025s 1.239s 22
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.112s 1.326s 26
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m13.279s 1.493s 25
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m13.595s 1.809s 26
17 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m13.644s 1.858s 25
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.881s 2.095s 21
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m14.192s 2.406s 20
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m14.221s 2.435s 28


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