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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25 comments on “Hamilton narrowly edges Ricciardo in final practice”

  1. This is going to be epic in qualifying, at least I hope so!

  2. if Rosberg didn’t lose that time in 3rd sector, we would be having:

    all in pairs))) how fascinating)))

    1. i guess he backed off little bit when he saw delta is good, vettel had same thing.. not sure though

  3. Yeah. I wonder how many people are going to rethink their predictions. I know I did!

  4. Rosberg looks very strong. Lewis is faster in middle sector but I don’t know if it will be enough to overcome his slower sectors 1,3.

  5. This is going to be the most fascinating qualifying this year, unless Mercedes were hiding something. Odd not to have any crashes, especially with a lot twitchier cars this year. Maybe we’ll see some in qualifying. I’m predicting Rosberg on pole, though one of RBRs could be challenging him, witch would be awesome.

  6. So close. This will be a very exciting Saturday.

  7. iAltair (@)
    24th May 2014, 11:24

    All front runners (Mercs and RBR drivers) were held up by traffic bar Ricciardo.

  8. Ricciardo constantly impressing me. Really gunning for Bianci to get into q2!!

    1. Really gunning for Bianci to get into q2!

      Me too. He get´s forgotten rather often, sadly, but he´s beating every teammate he had and he had a great pre-F1-career, so at some point he should really get a better drive. Making it to Q2 in Monaco might help that cause.

      1. You’re right, watching Ric go from the back to the middle to the front in such a short time while Bianchi is kinda stuck back there, I hope he gets a chance from a better team soon!

        1. Unfortunately, it might be difficult for Ferrari to get him a midfield car, unless Sauber improves (and drops De Silvestro and Sirotkin).

  9. Great lap by Bianchi. Splitting the Lotuses.
    Will be the most exciting qualifying session of the season. Hopefully Rosberg will pip Hamilton for pole and probably victory tomorrow.

  10. On the combined practise times table: Thur/Sat diff ;)

  11. I smell sc this weekend, and yellow flags!! This Monte Carlo track is “only for the strong”. we should write a movie about. I still go for 1.HAM,2.ROS.

  12. Corrado (@)
    24th May 2014, 11:37

    RIC is trashing VET so bad ! Total domination !

    1. But… but… what does it say about WEB?

      1. Corrado (@)
        24th May 2014, 12:03

        Don’t know what you mean, but WEB wasn’t/isn’t a 1st class driver. No wonder VET dominated him. Yeah, this looks like WEB’s revenge. Anyway, it shows that VET is not a very complete driver if he’s struggling to get the best out of a “certain” F1 car.

      2. WEB was most competitive against VET when the EBD wasn’t working. Now it’s completely gone. I think it says most about VET.

    2. I’ve tipped RIC over VET but VET was going faster until held up in the last sector. Not sure. Who beats who in qualy will be important for the race as 4th on the grid will be very much at risk of getting out-dragged by ALO into the first corner.
      (Obviously reckon Mercs then Bulls then Horsies)

    3. @corrado-dub Wow, you make big conclusions from FP3. Better wait qualifying. I can assure, you Vettel will be much closer to Ricciardo, maybe will beat him.

      1. Especially when Vettel had to back off… on paper for qualifying it’s 4-1 in Ricciardo’s favour but that doesn’t take into account Vettel’s misfortune in 2 of those qualifying sessions. Granted Ricciardo is certainly giving Vettel a hard time but ‘thrashing’ is a gross exaggeration.

      2. Corrado (@)
        24th May 2014, 14:10

        Yeah… sure ! Latest news: RIC beat VET in Quali ! Also, Vettel seems to complain more than Button too ! Yeah, it’s really hard to swallow for a 4-time WDC to be dominated by a guy without even a win !
        Anyway, come on, it’s not the start of the season anymore. RIC just seems to be 1st driver of the team.

  13. this is just toe to toe between team mates.. can Nico defend his pride or lewis takes it away? for RBR my money is on vettel…and maybe kimi will show he is just good as alonso by beating him here!

    1. There isn’t much separating most team mates except FI among the top 7 teams. It could go either way in all those battles. Being Monaco, expect a lot of drivers to be unable to get 100% at the crucial time due to traffic.

      Given how close Merc is to the rest here, even a small lockup from HAM or ROS in Q3 could see them in the middle of the top 10 which was not the case in previous races where they were practically assured a top 4 slot even if they aborted their final run. It’ll be interesting to see how they cope up with that pressure.

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