Vettel moves ahead in final practice

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel stormed to the top of the times during the final practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday morning.

Vettel clocked a time of 1:16.143 on the Super Soft tyres during the closing stages of the session to end 0.218s quicker than Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton spent much of the session atop the standings but his early lap remained his fastest and he ended third, having suffered a moment under braking for the Nouvelle Chicane.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth while Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz Jr continued the squad's encouraging form by going fifth, albeit over a second down on Vettel.

Kimi Räikkönen was sixth fastest though his session came to an end at the halfway point as he clipped the barriers on the exit of Sainte Devote and damaged his car.

Daniil Kvyat was seventh for Red Bull, while Jenson Button put McLaren into the top 10 by posting the eighth best time.

Max Verstappen backed his car into the wall at Anthony Nogues and sustained damage to the rear wing endplate, though the time which he set early in the session was quick enough for ninth.

Romain Grosjean placed 10th for Lotus, ahead of Sergio Pérez, Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hülkenberg.

Fernando Alonso was 14th for McLaren while Williams had a quiet time, with Valtteri Bottas only 15th and Felipe Massa 16th.

Felipe Nasr was a further half a second behind his compatriot as Sauber struggled, with Marcus Ericsson suffering a lurid moment under braking for Sainte Devote.

Manor Marussia pair Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi rounded out the runners, with the Briton a second ahead of his team-mate.

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