Vettel leads final practice as Raikkonen crashes

2015 Monaco Grand Prix third practice

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Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on top in final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix but Kimi Raikkonen crashed the team’s other car.

Raikkonen slid wide at Sainte Devote mid-way through the session and hit the barrier with his left-rear wheel. The damaged Ferrari came to a stop at the opposite side of the track and the session had to be stopped while it was recovered.

The two Mercedes were next, Nico Rosberg ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The latter headed much of the final practice session but told his team on the radio something was “not right” with his car, a problem race engineer Peter Bonnington suspected was due to his tyres being over-pressured.

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Red Bull ahead of Carlos Sainz Jnr, whose team mate Max Verstappen was another driver to make contact with the wall. Verstappen spun backwards into the barrier at Anthony Noghes, damaging a rear end plate on his Toro Rosso, but was able to continue.

Despite his crash Raikkonen ended the session seventh ahead of Daniil Kvyat and the McLaren of Jenson Button. Verstappen and Romain Grosjean, who will take a five-place grid penalty, completed the top ten.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’16.143 27
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.361 0.218 31
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’16.705 0.562 31
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’17.120 0.977 26
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso-Renault 1’17.256 1.113 39
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’17.401 1.258 11
7 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1’17.471 1.328 28
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1’17.767 1.624 28
9 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1’17.788 1.645 23
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1’17.806 1.663 28
11 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’17.832 1.689 30
12 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1’17.956 1.813 28
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’18.102 1.959 32
14 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’18.197 2.054 26
15 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’18.212 2.069 29
16 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’18.242 2.099 32
17 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.767 2.624 38
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.269 3.126 37
19 28 Will Stevens Manor-Ferrari 1’21.093 4.950 31
20 98 Roberto Merhi Manor-Ferrari 1’22.225 6.082 30

Third practice visual gaps

Sebastian Vettel – 1’16.143

+0.218 Nico Rosberg – 1’16.361

+0.562 Lewis Hamilton – 1’16.705

+0.977 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’17.120

+1.113 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’17.256

+1.258 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’17.401

+1.328 Daniil Kvyat – 1’17.471

+1.624 Jenson Button – 1’17.767

+1.645 Max Verstappen – 1’17.788

+1.663 Romain Grosjean – 1’17.806

+1.689 Sergio Perez – 1’17.832

+1.813 Pastor Maldonado – 1’17.956

+1.959 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’18.102

+2.054 Fernando Alonso – 1’18.197

+2.069 Valtteri Bottas – 1’18.212

+2.099 Felipe Massa – 1’18.242

+2.624 Felipe Nasr – 1’18.767

+3.126 Marcus Ericsson – 1’19.269

+4.950 Will Stevens – 1’21.093

+6.082 Roberto Merhi – 1’22.225

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’19.134 1’18.295 1’16.143 -2.152 72
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’19.762 1’17.932 1’16.361 -1.571 94
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’18.750 1’17.192 1’16.705 -0.487 92
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’19.086 1’19.639 1’17.120 -1.966 66
5 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.245 1’18.659 1’17.256 -1.403 93
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’19.679 1’18.543 1’17.401 -1.142 57
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1’19.520 1’18.548 1’17.471 -1.077 77
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1’20.202 1’19.606 1’17.767 -1.839 57
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.899 1’18.782 1’17.788 -0.994 77
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1’20.274 1’19.266 1’17.806 -1.46 75
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’20.649 1’19.300 1’17.832 -1.468 78
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1’19.454 1’19.577 1’17.956 -1.498 76
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’20.784 1’19.151 1’18.102 -1.049 79
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’19.791 1’18.906 1’18.197 -0.709 72
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’20.917 1’19.566 1’18.212 -1.354 79
16 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’19.766 1’19.560 1’18.242 -1.318 79
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.857 1’20.263 1’18.767 -1.496 72
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.219 1’19.269 -1.95 62
19 Will Stevens Manor-Ferrari 1’23.234 1’22.943 1’21.093 -1.85 72
20 Roberto Merhi Manor-Ferrari 1’23.404 1’22.017 1’22.225 +0.208 70

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6 comments on “Vettel leads final practice as Raikkonen crashes”

  1. Would be cool to see a Ferrari pole – but guessing the Mercs will find the couple of tenths they usually do.

  2. Great performance from Vettel and Ferrari!

  3. Williams really slow.

    1. Yes, looking like two years running of very poor Monaco performance.

  4. Rosberg must be happy with team mates problems.

  5. Räikkönen has done a great job preserving his 2014 performance level. The real difference is that he now has to push, seeing as he can’t plausibly blame his speed (or lack thereof) on the car anymore.

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