Monaco Grand Prix: FP3 as it happened

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18:08 Thank you for joining us for FP3! We’ll be back at 20:00 to talk you through qualifying. See you soon.

18:05 Final order for you:

18:03 Even though the session is over, Daniel Ricciardo has stopped at the runoff at Sainte Devote after his brake-by-wire system failed!

18:00 That’s it for FP3! Not an ideal end to things for Ocon. He was on a good lap but that crash must surely dent his confidence. Time will tell.

17:55 Disaster for Ocon! The Frenchman has gone straight into the barriers after clipping the barriers and breaking the steering arm on his Force India. There was only one outcome from there. The youngster is okay. But will his car be ready for this afternoon?

17:50 Not quite going to plan for Mercedes at the moment…

17:45 And again! Vettel shaves off 0.163 seconds to stop the clock at 1.12.395. The German is looking immensely comfortable, his car’s behaviour is entirely predictable and it seems to be obeying him to the point of near perfection.

17:41 Hamilton is informed over the radio that the second lap appears to be the best in terms of performance. Tyre degradation is rather low around Monaco, so that bit of information makes total sense. Meanwhile, the red cars are giving it full beans as Vettel lowers the benchmark to 1.12.558, with Raikkonen P2 on 1.12.875.

17:38 The drivers are starting to dial up the intensity now…

17:35 Verstappen fires in a 1.12.940, which is only half a tenth off P1 man Vettel. Some encouragement for the Austrian outfit!

17:30 Bit of a struggle for Daniel Ricciardo so far. The Aussie is battling to string a lap together and is currently P8, almost a second off the pace.

17:25 Vettel takes over at the top of charts, and at the top of the speed trap. Meanwhile, Esteban Ocon has complained about traffic in sector three and has been told: “That’s Monaco mate.”

17:20 A few wobbles for some of the drivers along the way, but no major drama. Kimi Raikkonen now leads the way, while Vettel has gone P2.

17:15 (Bad) news from McLaren! The team have had to change several of the power unit components on Jenson Button’s car before this session. The Briton will have to take a 15-place grid penalty, which severely dents McLaren’s hopes for the weekend.

17:10 Bottas has taken over at the top with a 1.15.2. That’s still 2.5 seconds off Vettel’s pace from Thursday. It’s a bit of a cache 22 for the drivers in FP3: they have to push to practice for qualifying, but any mistake could lead to dire consequences and the possiblity of missing out on qualifying altogether.

17:05 Marcus Ericsson sets the initial pace on a 1.18.697, but that is swiftly bettered by Jolyon Palmer, who manages 1.17.7.

17:00 Green light, let’s play! Several cars head out immediately.

16:53 Weather update: Track temperature 35 degrees, air temperature 24%, no chance of rain. That should keep things simple, as much as anything can be simple around Monaco!

16:46 15 minutes to go. Red Bull showed some solid pace on Thursday, with Daniel Ricciardo P2 in FP2. Can the Austrian outfit build on a strong start and join the fight at the front?

16:40 The 1.12.720 set by Sebastian Vettel in FP2 is the fastest lap ever recorded around the Circuit de Monaco in its current form. Expect even quicker times later on. Around Monaco, the drivers tend to slowly build up their confidence over the course of the weekend before really going for it during qualifying. The track also has a tendency to keep getting faster, so expect things to get really spectacular later on!

16:35 Although Mercedes initially set the pace on Thursday morning, it was Ferrari who took over in the afternoon, with the German outfit later admitting that they had taken a wrong direction in terms of their setup. Will the Silver Arrows bounce back this morning?


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