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Monaco: Hamilton tops in final practice

2014-05-24 12:48

HAMILTON TO DOMINATE...AGAIN: Lewis Hamilton looks set to grab his fifth successive win in 2014 as he wraps up the third and final practice session ahead of the 2014 Monaco GP. Image: AP/Claude Paris

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the final Monaco GP practice session on Saturday (May 24) with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo splitting the Mercedes cars.

Formula 1 championship leader Hamilton, winner of the last four races, lapped the winding street circuit with a best time of 1min16.758 seconds on a bright and sunny morning in the principality.

Ricciardo was a mere 0.050 off his pace with Nico Rosberg, the 2013 Monaco GP winnier from pole position, 0.116 slower than Hamilton, who set his time five minutes from the end on supersoft tyres.

FAVOURITE TO WIN

Hamilton leads Rosberg, his main title rival, by three points after four successive one-two finishes in the last five races.

He has never qualified on pole position before at Monaco, although he won the race in 2008 with McLaren on his way to the title, but looks favourite to do so in later qualifying.

Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth on the timesheets ahead of what will be his 100th start for the team.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, whose team have now gone a year without a win, was fifth fastest.

2014 Monaco Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco:
Third practice
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1 min16.758
2 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1 min16.808
3 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1 min16.874
 4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1 min17.184
5 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1 min17.428
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1 min17.448
7 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1 min17.725
8 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1 min18.074
9 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1 min18.136
10 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 1 min18.166
11 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1 min18.249
12 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 min18.262
13 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1 min18.430
14 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1 min18.542
15 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber 1 min18.598
16 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1 min18.776
17 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 1 min18.872
18 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1 min19.118
19 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 1 min19.149
20 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham 1 min20.271
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 1 min20.394
22 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham 1 min20.589

Second practice
First practice

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