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Monaco GP: Ferrari surprise in FP3 as Vettel tops time sheets

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Seb Scott, May 23, 2015.

  1. Seb Scott

    Seb Scott
    Formula 1 Reporter

    Vettel Monaco FP3.jpg
    It was a bitter sweet FP3 for Scuderia Ferrari who, to everyone's surprise, were fastest in the session, with Sebastian Vettel going ahead of both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It wasn't a perfect session, however, as Kimi Raikkonen collided with the barrier at turn one, halting the session with a red flag.

    Teams and drivers had a tall order this morning in Free Practice 3 as a result of Thursdays FP2 session being a washout, in which there was no running for 60 minutes and just under 15 minutes of dry running. This meant it was a very busy hour long session, as drivers still had set up work to do and preparation for qualifying later today.

    With five minutes left in the session, Vettel stormed his SF15-T to top the sheets, setting a 1:16.143, two tenths slower than Nico Rosberg’s 2014 pole lap time. Unfortunately for Ferrari they also suffered a major setback, as Kimi Raikkonen suffered a handful of oversteer in the braking zone for turn one, resulting in the rear left of the Finn's Ferrari making contact with the barrier, retiring the car and red flagging the session temporarily.

    Raikkonen had just set his fastest lap of the session and was on course to improve, due to tyre performance continually improving lap by lap. Raikkonen will be heading into qualifying with very little running and hardly any data to indicate an ideal setup, which is crucial for qualifying performance here where overtaking is very difficult. The other factor to consider for Raikkonen’s qualifying session is how much damage was done to his car. It was a direct impact to the wheel face, meaning a large load going along the driveshaft and into the differential, and damage could have been done to the suspension assembly.

    Mercedes were on top for most of the session before Vettel set his fastest times. Nico Rosberg went out to respond improving from 0.6s down, however it wasn't enough to match the Ferrari as he finished 0.2s behind his fellow countryman Vettel. Lewis Hamilton tried to improve his lap time, complaining over team radio there was "something not right with the car" after declaring his final FP3 time after which it emerged in a radio message to the 2014 World Champion that his tyre pressures were too high.

    Max Verstappen also had his first taste of a Monaco barrier, spinning on the entrance into the final corners at Anthony Noghes, coming away with only damage to his rear wing endplate. It was a lucky escape, as the incident could've been a lot worse for the rookie Toro Rosso driver, had he been closer to the barrier.

    Every race it keeps being suggested but could McLaren finally have a substantial chance to be competitive with the midfield in qualifying. Monaco is a circuit that isn't limited by engine power nor aerodynamic grip, more favourable to grip and driver skill, which can be seen from Button and Alonso’s positioning achieving ninth and fourteenth respectively.

    1. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 16.143s 27 laps
    2. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 16.361s 31 laps
    3. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 16.705s 31 laps
    4. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 17.120s 26 laps
    5. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 17.256s 39 laps
    6. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 17.401s 11 laps
    7. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 17.471s 28 laps
    8. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 17.767s 28 laps
    9. Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 17.788s 23 laps
    10. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Mercedes 1m 17.806s 28 laps
    11. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 17.832s 30 laps
    12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Mercedes 1m 17.956s 28 laps
    13. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 18.102s 32 laps
    14. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 18.197s 26 laps
    15. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 18.212s 29 laps
    16. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 18.242s 32 laps
    17. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari 1m 18.767s 38 laps
    18. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 19.269s 37 laps
    19. Will Stevens GBR Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 21.093s 38 laps
    20. Roberto Merhi ESP Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 22.225s 30 laps
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  2. airutonpurosuto8912


    Alonso 2.054 and Button 1.624 seconds behind Vettel :thumbsup: