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Monaco GP – Max Verstappen Crashes In FP3

After a break for the drivers on Friday (at least from racing, as there were tons of events on Friday), Formula 1 is back at the Monaco GP with Free Practice 3. The Red Bull drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, led another 1-2 in FP3. This was the third session in a row in which the Red Bull drivers dominated.

Max Verstappen Crashes In FP3

 In the first two sessions on Thursday, Red Bull Racing dominated the timing sheets, getting a 1-2 placing in both. Red Bull continued this success in FP3, with Max Verstappen clocking in a 1:11.787, and Riccardo just barely beating that time by 0.001s. Behind them in third and fourth place were the Ferrari drivers, and behind them were unsurprisingly the Mercedes drivers.

Valtteri Bottas locked up and went down the escape road in the first 15 minutes of the session. After the car was inspected in the pit lane, they decided to change the rear wing. Cameras did not catch all of it, but it was assumed that Bottas made contact with a wall.

Fastest Car, Most Broken Car

With 8 minutes left in the practice session, Max Verstappen went hard into a wall in the swimming pool section. The car suffered considerable damage, including suspension damage. The session was red flagged immediately. Verstappen hit a wall on a turn, hopped over a huge kerb, then planted the right side of his car into a barrier.

All cars ran the new pink Hypersoft tyres during this session. The Hypersoft tyres made their debut this weekend at Monaco.

Red Bull showed dominance in the first three sessions, but none of that matters once Qualifying starts later today. It’s still in question if Verstappen’s team can put Humpty Dumpty back together before the next session starts.

FP3 Results:

Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:11.786 23
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:11.787 +0.001s 14
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.023 +0.237s 23
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:12.142 +0.356s 26
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.273 +0.487s 26
6 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.356 +0.570s 27
7 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:12.752 +0.966s 25
8 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:12.761 +0.975s 23
9 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:12.850 +1.064s 24
10 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:12.854 +1.068s 23
11 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:12.874 +1.088s 25
12 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:12.940 +1.154s 23
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:13.025 +1.239s 22
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:13.112 +1.326s 26
15 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:13.279 +1.493s 25
16 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:13.595 +1.809s 26
17 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:13.644 +1.858s 25
18 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:13.881 +2.095s 21
19 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:14.192 +2.406s 20
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:14.221 +2.435s 28


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