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GP Monaco 2015 (Training 3): Vettel dominates training thriller

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GP Monaco 2015 (Training 3)
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S we will have one for the first time this season Ferrari in first place on the grid? The chances are good in Monaco, where pole is the key to victory. In the third training session on Saturday morning, the Italians wrestled with the Silver Arrows and ultimately got the upper hand. Sebastian Vettel set the best time in the thrilling final phase in 1.16.143 minutes with a cushion of 0.218 seconds on Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton finds no grip

Because it was in the second session on Thursday rained, the teams had to complete a tight program in the dress rehearsal before qualifying. The supersoft tire was not used before. So the last ten minutes of training became rush hour. Mercedes used the soft tires at the beginning of the one-hour session and had the red marked rubbers put on again at the end. But Rosberg did not manage to stand up to Vettel. Lewis Hamilton even lagged behind by 0.562 seconds. The Brit complained over the radio about a lack of grip.

But even at Ferrari, the training was not without problems. Vettel started his first rounds 15 minutes late, Kimi Räikkönen had to watch the final exchange of blows. The Finn spun off the track on his first attempt with the supersoft tires in the Saint Devote and hit the guardrail with his left rear wheel. Raikkonen parked on the mountain and got out. The meeting was then suspended for three minutes to recover the Ferrari. The Finn's time was only enough for sixth place.

Verstappen kisses the crash barrier

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo shows a strong performance in fourth place ahead of Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso (+ 1.113 seconds). Stable rival Daniil Kvyat (+1.328 seconds) was seventh behind Raikkonen. Red Bull and Toro Rosso seem to form the third and fourth forces in Monaco behind Ferrari and Mercedes.

Sainz 'team-mate Max Verstappen fared similarly to Raikkonen. The Monaco debutant surprised with second place in the first practice session on Thursday, but made acquaintance with the guardrail in the Noghès curve before the home straight 20 minutes before the end. He damaged the right end plate of the rear wing and could no longer keep up with the competition at peak times. It was only ninth behind Jenson Button in the McLaren.

Williams in nowhere

Romain got the last top ten placeGrosjean in the lotus. The Frenchman will only be able to enjoy the good performance to a limited extent. He has to start the race five places down due to a gearbox change. The internal Lotus duel with Monaco specialist Pastor Maldonado, who was twelfth, was won by at least. Just like Sergio Perez in eleventh place, who had Nico Hülkenberg under control.

Williams does not seem to have found a rhythm yet. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished the training in 15th and 16th place ahead of the two Sauber drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.

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