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Rosberg leads crash-filled FP3 in Monaco

After topping FP1 and FP2 on Thursday, Nico Rosberg led the way again in final practice in Monte Carlo while 3 other drivers hit the wall
Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Nico Rosberg's dominance of the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix weekend continued as he finished two-thirds of a second clear of the field in third practice. Rosberg's session-topping time of 1:14.378 is faster than the lap record set by Michael Schumacher in 2004, and provides a strong indication that Mercedes are looking at a likely pole position this afternoon.

Behind Rosberg, there was carnage. Quite early in the session, Romain Grosjean hit the inside barrier on the way into the Nouvelle Chicane with his left rear tyre, puncturing the tyre and damaging the rim. He was fortunate to escape without suspension damage and made it back to the pits.

Later on, Felipe Massa had a heavy accident into St Devote. He locked up both front tyres under braking and hit the barrier on the left in the braking zone before going straight on into the barrier in the run-off area of turn 1. It looked like Massa's throttle was stuck open, as his rear tyres did not lock up and there was significant engine noise even after the first impact. Massa was a bit slow in getting out of the car, but walked back to the medical centre and was declared fit before returning to the Ferrari garage.

Adrian Sutil was next in the wall, almost as soon as the session resumed. Sutil lost the rear under braking for Massenet at the top of Beau Rivage. There is no run-off at that part of the track and Sutil simply ran out of space. He hit the outside barrier with the right rear before the right front and front wing came round to take most of the impact. He was out of the car quickly, and the Monaco marshals cleared his Force India immediately. 

The final accident of the session saw Romain Grosjean crash in St Devote for the second time this weekend. He wiped the left side of the car off on the barrier on Thursday and crashed in almost exactly the same place today. This time, however, he lost the back end on the way into the corner, and hit the barrier with the left rear tyre, before clouting the front against the wall and then bouncing across to the inside of the track and coming to rest against the barrier. Lewise Hamilton was coming out of the pits and had to stop to avoid the Lotus.

Grosjean has been very quick throughout the weekend, but might now struggle to participate in qualifying at all. Lotus have just under two hours to repair his car, and if they cannot do so in time for Q1 he will have to start at the back of the field.

Full results from FP3:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:14.378   22
2 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:15.039 0.661 13
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.261 0.883 17
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:15.286 0.908 17
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.311 0.933 20
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:15.380 1.002 19
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.550 1.172 20
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.594 1.216 17
9 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:15.861 1.483 15
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.926 1.548 25
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.958 1.580 23
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.976 1.598 19
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:15.976 1.598 21
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:16.060 1.682 16
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.068 1.690 12
16 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.105 1.727 8
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.427 2.049 26
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:16.933 2.555 17
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:17.902 3.524 20
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:18.102 3.724 20
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.706 4.328 22
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.228 4.850 22


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