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?â??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?â??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. So Pole for Pole looks actually possible..?

  2. Zahir said on 15th May 2010, 11:42

    I thought Sutil went off at the casino? I don’t know if thats your mistake or mine but I, annoyingly, missed the Alonso crash and they didnt show any replays while I was watching.

    I predicted him for pole so does anyone who saw it think they will be able to get the car ready for Q1?

    • They will get it ready for Q1, but Alonso’s missed most of the FP running which might cost him in Quali. He’d be hoping to not hug the barriers again more than getting P1 though.. ;)

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th May 2010, 11:56

    According to James Allen, Alonso will have to use a new chassis, won’t participate in qualifying and will start the race from the pit lane.

    • Really, it didn’t look anything as bad! Why would he need a new chassis? If it really is what JA says, it’ll be such a shame after the promise he’d shown on Thursday!

    • Ouch. Thats gotta hurt.

    • Damon said on 15th May 2010, 12:01

      Ooooh, oh no!
      This most probably means no chance for points for Fernando. Unless there are many DNF’s tommorrow, but I don’t really see it happening in dry conditions.

      That’s a huge blow for most of us in the prediction game as well :(

    • matt88 said on 15th May 2010, 12:04

      this should have been his race, it’s incredible how he trashed off his chances hitting the walls in a free practice.

  4. Johnny86 said on 15th May 2010, 12:02

    Alonso to start from pitlane during race

  5. BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 12:28

    It really shows, that Monaco is a driver track. Kovalainen and Trulli are pretty close to the other backmarkers, only 1 second behind De la Rosa. If Glock had some running, i expect the Virgins to be there as well.
    Good job for the HRT cars getting Brunos car running and looks like it helped, both are doing the same times now and are within 5 seconds of Kubica.

    If i could change my prediction, i would put Kubica on Pole, but i expect Vettel, Webber and Massa to do good as well. Who knows, maybe Hamilton gets a good lap in to be close as well, but i do not expect him to get pole. Lets see if Button tries a run on Mediums for a differing strategy.

  6. BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 12:33

    Mark Webber told the BBC, that they will fuel up the car and get running in Q1 until they get a time their satisfied with.

    So i expect quite a lot of cars on track doing just that, even though there is now 1 car less to worry about. It should just be all new teams out in Q1.

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