Vettel heads close final practice session

By on Saturday, May 28, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel led the way during a tightly-contested final practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel clocked a lap of 1:14.650 to edge out Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton by just 0.018s, with Nico Rosberg a tenth of a second further back in third.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was 0.157s behind Vettel in fourth spot, indicating a three-way fight for overall honours this weekend.

Max Verstappen survived a scare when he brushed the wall at Massenet and ended up fifth overall.

Toro Rosso maintained its encouraging form as Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. placed sixth and seventh.

Force India was eighth and 10th courtesy of Sergio Pérez, who suffered a moment at Mirabeau Haute, and Nico Hülkenberg, the pair split by Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen.

Williams and McLaren were unable to edge into the top 10 as Felipe Massa led Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Valtteri Bottas.

Both Haas drivers had to run down the escape road at Sainte Devote as Esteban Gutiérrez and Romain Grosjean placed 15th and 17th.

They sandwiched Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, who stopped at Sainte Devote during the closing stages, with the resulting yellow flags scuppering the efforts of several drivers.

Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson were 18th and 19th for Sauber, as Jolyon Palmer escaped a high-speed spin at Piscine by making only light contact with the barriers.

Manor pair Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto completed the runners.

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