Three-in-a-row for Rosberg in crash-strewn session

2013 Monaco Grand Prix third practice

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Nico Rosberg made it three out of three in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix as he remained the driver to beat on the streets of the principality.

Rosberg found a clear lap late in the session to set a 1’14.378, over six-tenths of a second faster than the next driver. But several of his rivals were unable to find space to set lap times.

Romain Grosjean was one of few who did, setting a 1’15.039 on his first run on the super-soft tyres. But a crash at Sainte Devote at the end of the session brought the red flags out and prevented further improvements.

Grosjean had come across Lewis Hamilton, who was leaving the pits, on his approach to the corner. As he turned in the Lotus slid sideays into the barrier.

“Something broke on the car, it’s not possible,” exclaimed Grosjean after his second crash of the session and his third of the weekend. He had already damaged his left-rear tyre by hitting the barrier at the chicane.

Grosjean was the second driver to hit the wall at Sainte Devote and cause a red flag. Felipe Massa had a frightening double-impact at the corner earlier in the session, hitting the barrier on the left as he approached the corner, then spearing the other barrier head-on leaving his F138 heavily damaged. Ferrari and Lotus will have a lot of work to do to get their cars ready for qualifying.

Another team effecting repairs, though not as extensive, is Force India. Adrian Sutil was the first driver to try a run on the super-soft tyres but the car snapped away from him on the entrance to Massenet and skidded into the wall.

The various incidents left Sebastian Vettel frustrated at not being able to get a clear lap in. He set the fastest first sector time at one point only to catch traffic in the final sector. “That’s OK, it Monaco, it doesn’t matter,” his race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin reassured him.

Fernando Alonso was fourth-fastest having been unable to match the Red Bull’s pace on soft tyres. Lewis Hamilton took fifth and complained that Grosjean’s Lotus had nearly hit him moments before the impact that brought the session to an end.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
19Nico RosbergMercedes1’14.37822
28Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’15.0390.66113
31Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’15.2610.88317
43Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’15.2860.90817
510Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’15.3110.93320
67Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’15.3801.00219
72Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’15.5501.17220
814Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’15.5941.21617
916Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’15.8611.48315
1011Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’15.9261.54825
116Sergio PerezMcLaren1’15.9581.58023
125Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’15.9761.59819
1318Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’15.9761.59821
1419Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’16.0601.68216
1515Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’16.0681.69012
164Felipe MassaFerrari1’16.1051.7278
1712Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’16.4272.04926
1817Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’16.9332.55517
1920Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’17.9023.52420
2021Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’18.1023.72420
2122Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’18.7064.32822
2223Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’19.2284.85022

Combined practice times

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Nico RosbergMercedes1’16.1951’14.7591’14.378-0.38199
2Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’16.3801’15.7181’15.039-0.67944
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’16.4691’15.0771’15.311+0.23499
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’16.2821’15.1961’15.286+0.0982
5Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’17.3801’16.0141’15.261-0.75373
6Felipe MassaFerrari1’16.3941’15.2781’16.105+0.82770
7Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault1’17.5091’15.5111’15.380-0.13184
8Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1’17.0201’15.4041’15.550+0.14689
9Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1’17.5481’16.0461’15.594-0.45287
10Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1’16.9931’16.8571’15.861-0.99683
11Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1’17.1931’16.8231’15.926-0.89794
12Sergio PerezMcLaren1’17.3781’16.4341’15.958-0.47689
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren1’17.1291’15.9591’15.976+0.01788
14Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari1’18.4541’17.1841’15.976-1.20889
15Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari1’19.0671’17.1451’16.060-1.08579
16Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1’17.6251’16.3491’16.068-0.28176
17Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’18.7541’16.9351’16.427-0.50899
18Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1’18.8301’17.2641’16.933-0.33192
19Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1’19.7731’17.8921’18.706+0.81483
20Charles PicCaterham-Renault1’19.4381’18.2121’17.902-0.3192
21Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1’19.2031’19.0311’18.102-0.92972
22Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1’20.2251’18.7841’19.228+0.44484

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39 comments on “Three-in-a-row for Rosberg in crash-strewn session”

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    25th May 2013, 11:19

    Lol, poor Grosjean.
    He must have some deeply ingrained enjoyment from watching his car suspended in the air by a Monte Carlo crane. I just feel bad for his pit crew.

    Had a seriously big chuckle at this though.

    1. LOL! Taki “Weed” Inoue strikes again!

  2. I’m going to call it:

    Time for the former WDC in the other Mercedes to hang up his helmet, clearly, he lost his edge if he can’t even keep up with Nico Rosberg.

    1. I’ve been surprised that no one has been making a fuss about it. When Massa was out qualifying Alonso, everyone kept reminding us about it at every opportunity. Yet not a peep about Lewis being dominated by a driver who I consider to be a rookie.

      1. A rookie? He’s been driving since 2006.

      2. Pretty sure Hamilton didn’t get a clear run when his tyres were fresh, then came in at the end for a fresh set only to Grosjean spatter his car across the track.

        Also pretty sure no fuss is being made because the score board shows something different lol

      3. Probably because no one is surprised Rosberg is quick. He outpaced the most successful F1 driver of all time for 3 years in a row.

    2. Rosberg is usually quick in practice. Remember 2009 where he topped the timesheets often in practice, yet got 0 podiums that season.

    3. It’s practice…

    4. Why are you implying that Rosberg is a slow driver? The guy is a proven champion in the lower Formulae , started his career brightly and outpaced Schumacher when they were team mates.

  3. Looking at some videos of the Massa crash, did he just brake too late?

    1. Apparently the throttle jammed open.

      1. @joshua-mesh According to who?

        1. The commentators said thats what it looked like. Bundle if I recall.

      2. Not according to BBC. On the live feed they’re saying he locked his front tyres going over a bump so it was driver error. They also say when the car is repaired it needs a new gearbox so thats a 5 place penalty.

  4. How much could it cost Lotus to fix that car everytime GRO crashes it?

    1. Probably nothing as they have spare parts.

      1. i quess those parts arent for free

        1. David not Coulthard (@)
          25th May 2013, 12:31

          But they’re manufactured anyway whether or not a crash takes place. A crash will cost the team, but in Carbon Fiber, not green sheets of paper or anything banks use to represent them.

          And by Carbon Fiber I mean pieces of it that will probably be dumped not too long from now with better pieces of them available as the development race wears on, or simply because it’s used once a year without being compatible with the car used in next or last year’s Monaco GP.

        2. Its a use-it-or-lose-it situation. I’m sure some things do cost some money, like the electronics and such, but things like exhausts and aero would be replaced anyway.

  5. Vettel’s lap on the softs was pretty quick, and if I’m not mistaken didn’t he also set the fastest first sector time before he came across traffic on the supersofts, unless Rosberg beat that also?

    1. Yep. Vettel set the fastest first sector before he got traffic in front.

  6. I reckon it was a rear suspension issue for Massa if you look at the right rear wheel its at 45 degrees despite not actually hitting the wall

    1. Where do you see that 45 degree wheel? I’ve watched from few angles and I can’t see rear wheels being faulty before the crash.

  7. Saddened by the crash of Massa’s car. Will Ferrari be able to get it fixed for quali? And on which tyres did Alonso set his best time today – Softs or supersofts?

    1. But a lot happier since nothing (?) has happened to Massa

  8. No one is going to keep ROS off pole. I see posibilities for HAM and VET in the dry, but if it rains it could be anyone.

  9. I wish the BBC were showing these, I wasn’t so bothered about highlights for Monaco, but I forgot it has the best practice sessions of the year :(

    1. It has been quite entertaining yes ;-)

  10. Last year the fastest time in Q3 (1’14.301 by Michael Schumacher) was eight-tenths of a second faster than the best time in FP3 (1’15.159 by Nico Rosberg).

    This year the fastest time in FP3 was Rosberg’s 1’14.378. If they find eight-tenths between FP3 and Q3 again (due to track evolution) the front runners will be qualifying at around 1’13.5.

    The fastest lap of the current Monaco circuit is Kimi Raikkonen’s 1’13.532 from 2006 (set in Q2). It was nearly beaten by Vettel two years ago, when he took pole with a 1’13.556. Will it be beaten today?

    1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      25th May 2013, 12:07

      Who knows. I personally don’t think it will happen.

      But if the rain does come then there’s no chance.

    2. I think it’s going to rain @keithcollantine. The sky is looking pretty ominous on sky!

    3. In normal conditions it would have happened, I think. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain.

    4. I think it will be beaten. The Pirellies are a stickier tyre, coupled with advancements in suspension and chassis design, not to mention engine mapping, the slow speeds of Monaco would allow these 2013 cars to be faster than their predecessors.

    5. Looks like the rain has wrecked the chances of this happening. Ah well!

  11. I’m a little concerned about Grosjean’s incident in FP3. Was there any particular reason he swerved right towards Lewis before the corner?

    1. He seems very fragile mentally. I’d not be one bit surprised if he came up on Ste. Devote, saw Hamilton coming out of the pits and thought he was negotiating the corner as normal. He probably thought “Oh ****! I’m wide” then threw it off the track trying to make his imaginary apex.

  12. Shame about Massa’s crash; it looked a little strange. I think he did brake too late, but there might have been something else about it, too.

    I’m also not sure why the Ferrari were so slow this morning; Alonso’s best time was substantially slower than the time he set on Thursday practice 2. I hope they didn’t screw up the set-up doing some changes to the car yesterday, and that he was only a little heavier than the Red Bull and the Mercedes.

  13. Does anyone find it strange that Hammy has been saying how well he’s settled into his new team, likes his new car etc and today because his mediocre team mate has out qualified him yet again he says ‘ I’m not confident in the car and haven’t been all season’. That guy always reckons he’s got problems even when he’s got pole. Not the driving god he and his fans think he is. Keep it up Nico :)

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