Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012

Rosberg fastest as Maldonado crashes in Monaco

2012 Monaco Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

But the session came to a controversial end as the winner of the last race, Pastor Maldonado, appeared to cause a collision with Sergio Perez.

Moments later Maldonado crashed his Williams, bringing the session to an end.

Kimi Raikkonen had done little running on Thursday, so he was one of the first to take to the circuit as the final hour of practice began.

He was joined by Schumacher, the Mercedes driver troubled by a gearbox problem on his car. As was the case on Thursday, his engineer warned him he was overlapping the brake and throttle on his car at the chicane, as well as Sainte Devote.

Raikkonen headed the times to begin with before team mate Romain Grosjean took over in the other Lotus, setting a best of 1’15.811.

Sergio Perez was among the quickest runners on the soft tyres, but lost time after glancing the barriers, damaging his car.

One of the first drivers to switch to super-soft tyres was Nico Rosberg. He set a 1’15.159 with his second effort, saying the rear tyres only came in on the second lap.

The two Ferraris got closest to his effort and unusually it was Massa who led the pair, just 0.038s slower than the Mercedes, Alonso just 0.013s behind his team mate.

Vettel had languished in the middle of the times sheets before putting on the super-softs. He managed to split the two Ferraris, lapping just a thousandth of a second faster than Alonso.

The final moments brought drama. Paul di Resta hit trouble at the same spot as Perez’s crash the year before, spinning and clipping the barrier on the approach to the chicane.

Perez himself was then involved in a bizarre incident with Pastor Maldonado. The Spanish Grand Prix winner turned across the front of the Sauber at Portier, making contact between the two.

“Maldonado is so crazy, guys,” complained Perez on his radio afterwards. “I want to complain about Maldonado.”

Maldonado then crashed at Casino, clipping the barrier at the inside of the corner then sliding into the wall at the exit. That brought out the red flags, ending the session with three minutes to go.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.159 25
2 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.197 0.038 21
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.209 0.050 20
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’15.210 0.051 20
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’15.445 0.286 18
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.471 0.312 19
7 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.734 0.575 19
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.893 0.734 23
9 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.110 0.951 14
10 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.219 1.060 19
11 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.226 1.067 20
12 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’16.301 1.142 21
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.311 1.152 19
14 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.479 1.320 20
15 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’17.027 1.868 20
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’17.055 1.896 26
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’17.276 2.117 25
18 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’17.390 2.231 19
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’17.404 2.245 22
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’18.259 3.100 18
21 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’18.488 3.329 22
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’19.099 3.940 17
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’19.147 3.988 19
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’19.151 3.992 19

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.261 1’17.021 1’15.159 -1.862 58
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.843 1’16.602 1’15.197 -1.405 61
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’17.222 1’17.303 1’15.209 -2.013 55
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.265 1’16.661 1’15.210 -1.055 65
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’16.630 1’16.138 1’15.445 -0.693 54
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.190 1’15.746 1’15.471 -0.275 49
7 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.747 1’17.375 1’15.734 -1.013 50
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’17.413 1’17.293 1’15.893 -1.4 48
9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.711 1’18.251 1’16.110 -0.601 57
10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’18.106 1’17.148 1’16.219 -0.929 56
11 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.209 1’18.522 1’16.226 -1.983 67
12 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’19.267 1’16.301 -2.966 47
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.038 1’17.153 1’16.311 -0.727 62
14 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’18.252 1’18.808 1’16.479 -1.773 74
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.760 1’16.820 1’18.488 +1.728 62
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’17.631 1’17.800 1’17.027 -0.604 63
17 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’18.617 1’17.655 1’17.055 -0.6 64
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’19.039 1’20.029 1’17.276 -1.763 58
19 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’18.302 1’17.395 1’17.390 -0.005 56
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’19.341 1’18.440 1’17.404 -1.036 63
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’21.638 1’19.309 1’18.259 -1.05 56
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’20.895 1’20.240 1’19.099 -1.141 56
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’20.838 1’20.886 1’19.147 -1.691 55
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’22.423 1’20.631 1’19.151 -1.48 46

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