Kubica quickest as Alonso crashes in FP3

Robert Kubica was quickest for Renault in practice at Monaco

Robert Kubica was quickest for Renault in practice at Monaco

Robert Kubica continued to show impressive pace around the streets of Monte-Carlo, setting the fastest time in the last practice session before qualifying.

But Fernando Alonso’s run of fastest times in practice came to an end when he crashed at Massenet on his sixth lap.

Alonso had set the fastest time of the session up to that point but lost control of his F10 at the top of the hill and hit the barriers hard, damaging the right-hand side of the car. His mechanics face a race against time to get his car ready for qualifying.

He was one of several drivers to hit trouble in qualifying including Timo Glock, who parked his Virgin at the Nouvelle Chicane without having completed a flying lap.

Felipe Massa had two near-misses during the session, narrowly avoiding contact with the barriers at the Grand Hotel hairpin and the swimming pool complex.

Both Michael Schumacher and Vitaly Petrov straight-lined the entry to Mirabeau and had to reverse their cars back onto the track.

And Adrian Sutil spun his Force India into the barriers at Sainte Devote, but escaped with only minor damage to the left-rear endplate on his car.

With Alonso unable to improve, Kubica found a decent gap in the traffic towards the end of the session and, despite catching two cars at the end of his lap, set a time four tenths of a second faster than anything that had gone so far.

Massa took the second fastest time four hundredths of a second slower than Kubica, but by slowing at the final corner before his lap left a train of cars in his wake.

The Red Bulls did not have the performance advantage they displayed at Barcelona, taking the third and fifth fastest times.

Lewis Hamilton was fourth but team mate Jenson Button could only manage tenth, and said on his car’s radio he wasn’t happy with his set-up.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’14.806 26
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.852 0.046 22
3 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’14.945 0.139 25
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.038 0.232 25
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.046 0.24 26
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.236 0.43 22
7 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.252 0.446 20
8 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.537 0.731 22
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’15.659 0.853 14
10 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.682 0.876 22
11 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’15.691 0.885 19
12 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.769 0.963 27
13 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’16.164 1.358 24
14 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’16.232 1.426 21
15 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’16.240 1.434 27
16 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.266 1.46 6
17 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.644 1.838 26
18 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.696 1.89 23
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’17.782 2.976 18
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’17.869 3.063 26
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.063 3.257 25
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’19.720 4.914 25
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’19.781 4.975 21
24 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 3

Overall practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Robert Kubica Renault 1’16.016 1’15.192 1’14.806 93
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.517 1’15.120 1’14.852 97
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.927 1’14.904 1’16.266 74
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.382 1’15.620 1’14.945 78
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.149 1’15.013 1’15.252 75
6 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.647 1’15.249 1’15.038 89
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.000 1’15.099 1’15.046 101
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.589 1’15.143 1’15.236 81
9 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’16.805 1’15.460 1’15.659 79
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.857 1’16.276 1’15.537 99
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.692 1’15.619 1’15.682 90
12 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’17.704 1’16.528 1’15.691 88
13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’17.718 1’15.746 1’16.240 110
14 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.991 1’17.023 1’15.769 92
15 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’18.397 1’16.348 1’16.164 111
16 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’17.331 1’16.522 1’16.232 87
17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.434 1’16.599 1’16.696 97
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.547 1’16.818 1’16.644 104
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’19.606 1’18.184 1’17.782 98
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’19.902 1’18.667 1’17.869 70
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’20.566 1’18.478 1’18.063 81
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.527 1’18.721 69
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’21.688 1’22.148 1’19.720 64
24 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’21.853 1’20.313 1’19.781 63

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42 comments on Kubica quickest as Alonso crashes in FP3

  1. Victor. said on 15th May 2010, 11:18

    My pole and race win for Kubica could pay off! :)

  2. Sheraad said on 15th May 2010, 11:19

    I hope the Ferrari will be recovered before the qualifying session.
    How much is the chance?
    Anyone an idea?

  3. Nirupam said on 15th May 2010, 11:19

    Hope Alonso did not damage his gearbox. I dont want a 5 pace grid penalty for him!

  4. Alexi said on 15th May 2010, 11:21

    Good for Kubica. The race will be between him and Alonso, it seems.

  5. Nimish said on 15th May 2010, 11:21

    alonso is going to secure d pole nd also win d race!!!!!!!……….:D

  6. Scribe said on 15th May 2010, 11:22

    I think with the possible caveat of those around the top will probably be top, mostly because of the names of the cars there driving, the amount of traffic makes these practice times rather unrepresentative.

    Then again, that’s what’ll happen in Q1, hopefull Q3 allows us a proper quali shoot out.

    Wonder what Redbull are hiding an how comprimised do you think Fernando will be, if he makes it at all.

    • Bigbadderboom said on 15th May 2010, 11:29

      I was wondering the same thing about Red Bull. But I think they are genuinly lacking their advantage this week. I still favour Alonso for the win.

      • m0tion said on 15th May 2010, 11:36

        Now thats a big call! they’ll be lucky to have it straight on the jig before qualifying

  7. Adis said on 15th May 2010, 11:24

    Good job Kubica! hope will be pole today and podium tomorrow.

  8. f1yankee said on 15th May 2010, 11:24

    all of the top teams are great when it comes to patching up cars in a hurry, but ferrari have their work cut out for them now. suspension components are quickly changed and calibrated, but if the gearbox is borked, oh boy.

  9. m0tion said on 15th May 2010, 11:25

    First thing you notice from the times is how evenly many of the teams drivers are matched
    RBR
    Mercedes
    Force India
    Williams
    Sauber
    HRT
    all so close and all should be congratulated incl management for how they run their teams

  10. Button was the slowest of the frontrunners. Not very good benchmark by the world champ

    • Scribe said on 15th May 2010, 11:29

      An Button is now deprived of his teamates usefull setup, doubt Hamiltons setup will do him any good.

      Must be slightly missing Barrichello at this stage.

    • Todfod said on 15th May 2010, 12:50

      Well looks like there are only a certain number of flukes you are allowed per lifetime. Jenson has used all of them up over the last season and the first four races. Now he back to his original form… worst of the best.

  11. m0tion said on 15th May 2010, 11:27

    Oops I forgot Lotus

  12. Dane said on 15th May 2010, 11:30

    I hope Webber makes it 2 wins in a row

  13. m0tion said on 15th May 2010, 11:32

    The other thing I noticed is how Schumacher backed up to ruin Webbers lap when he was not going to be on it in the following lap. And how Smedley’s call wrecked so many laps behind Massa when he backed them up. Ah the old Ferrari spirit lives! Hopefully RBR learns to be in front rather than behind that pair.

  14. Gurpz said on 15th May 2010, 11:40

    Here’s hoping we don’t see Red Bull on pole…

  15. Alonso said yesterday that everyone’s so closely matched he needs a perfect saturday to get pole. Doesn’t seem perfect so far.

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