Monaco GP: Max Verstappen fastest in crucial FP3

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen took P1 in the final Free Practice session ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix with a fastest time of 1m11.294s.

It appears to be Ferrari’s weekend as Verstappen was closely followed by the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz in second and his teammate Charles Leclerc in third.

Are Mercedes in danger as they approach the most important qualifying session of the season? The team showed some weakness today in FP3 as Lewis Hamilton complained about oversteer and imbalances in the W12.

Both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas found themselves struggling to catch the pace of the session which was set by the Ferrari’s. Bottas could only manage fourth whilst Hamilton was down in seventh.

The Red Bull of Sergio Perez filled fifth position followed by the McLaren of Lando Norris in sixth.

Unlike Norris, the other McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo suffered another disappointing practice session. Despite acing the braking, Ricciardo complained of losing traction which consequently left him 13th.

Norris was followed by Kimi Raikkonen in eighth, Pierre Gasly in ninth and Sebastian vettel to complete the top ten.

It was an early end to Nicholas Latifi’s FP3 as he hit the barrier of the Swimming Pool chicane after committing to an early turn. The incident caused a red flag and suspended the session with 18 minutes to go.

Haas’ Mick Schumacher’s spun the back end of his VF-21 at Casino Square and caused the second red flag of the final practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix. His misfortune brought FP3 to an early close with only two minutes left on the clock after having a crash in FP2.

The engineers of Williams will be working around the clock to get the cars ready for the all-important qualifying session taking place later today.

Haas additionally said that Schumacher will not participate in qualifying as the team assess the damage.