Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Hamilton narrowly edges Ricciardo in final practice

2014 Monaco Grand Prix third practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Lewis Hamilton restored Mercedes to the top of the times in the third practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix – but Red Bull weren’t far behind.

Daniel Ricciardo ended the final hour of practice just five-hundredths of a second slower than Hamilton.

Their team mates were third and fourth. Nico Rosberg led the early part of the session when the drivers were running on the soft tyres, but was a tenth of a second off Hamilton on the super-soft tyres.

Sebastian Vettel was one of several drivers to lose a quick lap due to traffic on the short Monte-Carlo circuit. He ended up four-tenth of a second off the fastest time.

The field lined up in a neat order behind the top four, with Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen separated by a mere two hundredths of a second.

The two Force Indias were next, followed by the Toro Rosso pair and the Mercedes-powered McLaren and Williams duos.

Following the damp conditions during the last F1 session on Thursday, warm weather and sunny skies greeted the drivers on Saturday morning. However even with the warmer conditions drivers still found it took two or even three laps to find the best performance from the Pirelli’s softest rubber.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’16.758 27
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’16.808 0.050 26
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.874 0.116 24
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’17.184 0.426 23
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’17.428 0.670 22
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’17.448 0.690 24
7 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’17.725 0.967 23
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’18.074 1.316 21
9 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.136 1.378 19
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.166 1.408 26
11 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.249 1.491 28
12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.262 1.504 21
13 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’18.430 1.672 31
14 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’18.542 1.784 30
15 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.598 1.840 24
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’18.776 2.018 26
17 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’18.872 2.114 23
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’19.118 2.360 28
19 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.149 2.391 28
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’20.271 3.513 32
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.394 3.636 25
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’20.589 3.831 30

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Thur/Sat diff Total laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.271 1’18.901 1’16.758 -1.513 71
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.506 1’19.779 1’16.808 -1.698 74
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’18.303 1’22.862 1’16.874 -1.429 66
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’19.043 1’19.017 1’17.184 -1.833 71
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’18.930 1’18.482 1’17.428 -1.054 68
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’19.467 1’45.509 1’17.448 -2.019 59
7 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’19.666 1’19.668 1’17.725 -1.941 61
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’19.856 1’19.712 1’18.074 -1.638 69
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.260 1’19.351 1’18.136 -1.215 69
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.914 1’20.622 1’18.166 -2.456 76
11 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.789 1’20.230 1’18.249 -1.54 73
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.033 1’19.721 1’18.262 -1.459 72
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’19.494 1’19.421 1’18.430 -0.991 71
14 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’20.517 1’20.394 1’18.542 -1.852 63
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.736 1’20.811 1’18.598 -2.138 60
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’20.207 1’21.700 1’18.776 -1.431 65
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’21.310 1’21.937 1’18.872 -2.438 63
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’20.241 1’20.977 1’19.118 -1.123 73
19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.118 1’21.467 1’19.149 -0.969 69
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’22.492 1’21.924 1’20.271 -1.653 76
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’25.817 1’22.683 1’20.394 -2.289 45
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’22.063 1’23.164 1’20.589 -1.474 76

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