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Max fourth in final Monaco practice

Published on 28 May 2022 by Stefan Meens

Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen’s Oracle Red Bull Racing team mate, clocked the quickest time in the final practice session of the Monaco GP. The Mexican outpaced the two Ferraris in the streets of Monte Carlo, with Max completing the top four.

The third free practice session of the weekend is a crucial one in Monaco; it is the final chance for the teams to prepare for the ever important qualifying session. Most drivers therefore opt to start the session on the soft tyres, the compound which offers the most grip and thus the Pirelli of choice during qualifying.

From the moment the Red Bulls and Ferraris take to the iconic street circuit, the two teams embroiled in the championship fight, set the pace. Leclerc and Perez appear particularly confident vying for fastest lap.

Just before the halfway mark, a brief yellow flag is waved, following Lance Stroll going straight at the first corner. A quick shift into reverse allows the Aston Martin to continue without any issues. Moments later, Carlos Sainz also takes to the escape road at St. Devote. Like Stroll, the Ferrari driver escapes without damage and resumes his session

With fifteen minutes to go, Max bolts on a set of brand-new soft Pirellis. His first attempt to utilise the extra grip of the red side-walled tyre is aborted when Zhou Guanyu appears on the racing line at the swimming pool chicane. Max’ second flying lap is more successful with the Dutchman clocking the second quickest time up until that point.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel complains that Carlos Sainz obstructed the Aston Martin driver on his flying lap, resulting in both drivers having to go to the stewards after the session.

As ever, the barriers are only a small mistake away. Lance Stroll is caught out and ends up in guard rails. Nevertheless, the Aston Martin is able to continue to the pits, albeit with a damaged front wing.

At the very front, both Ferraris and Red Bulls battle for the fastest lap. Ultimately it is Sergio Perez who takes the honour of being quickest in FP3, followed by Leclerc, Sainz and Max.

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Results third free practice Monaco:

1Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:12.476 26
2Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:12.517+0.041s28
3Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:12.846+0.370s28
4Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:12.881+0.405s28
5Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT1:13.210+0.734s21
6Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:13.226+0.750s18
7Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:13.375+0.899s25
8Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:13.436+0.960s23
9George RussellRUSMercedes1:13.476+1.000s25
10Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:13.585+1.109s22
11Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:13.645+1.169s24
12Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:13.827+1.351s25
13Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:13.838+1.362s27
14Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:13.849+1.373s24
15Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:13.882+1.406s21
16Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:14.104+1.628s28
17Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:14.260+1.784s21
18Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:14.639+2.163s20
19Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:14.861+2.385s24
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:14.910+2.434s25