Hamilton tops close final practice in Monaco

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time during the final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Brit set a time of 1:16.758 on option tyres to edge out Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo by 0.050s.

Nico Rosberg led the way early in the session on prime tyres, with the Mercedes drivers enjoying a comfortable advantage over their Red Bull rivals.

But on options, the RB10s were much closer - with Rosberg having to settle for third, ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who was on course for a faster time until encountering traffic in the final sector.

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen finished in fifth and sixth, ahead of the Force India pairing of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

Jean-Eric Vergne had a couple of off-track excursions on his way to ninth, while Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.

McLaren's disappointing form continued with Kevin Magnussen in 11th, ahead of Jenson Button, while Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were only 13th and 14th fastest for Williams.

Adrian Sutil was 15th, ahead of Romain Grosjean and the impressive Jules Bianchi - who ended the session only 2.1s down on the overall fastest time.

Pastor Maldonado, Esteban Gutierrez, Kamui Kobayashi, Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson rounded out the runners.

The 60 minute session passed without any driver coming to grief with the barriers.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:16.758
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:16.8080.050
36Nico RosbergMercedes1:16.8740.116
41Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:17.1840.426
514Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:17.4280.670
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:17.4480.690
711Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:17.7250.967
827Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:18.0741.316
925Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:18.1361.378
1026Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:18.1661.408
1120Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:18.2491.491
1222Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:18.2621.504
1377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:18.4301.672
1419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:18.5421.784
1599Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:18.5981.840
168Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:18.7762.018
1717Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:18.8722.114
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:19.1182.360
1921Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:19.1492.391
2010Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:20.2713.513
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:20.3943.636
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:20.5893.831

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