Monaco GP: Ricciardo quickest in FP3 as Verstappen shunts

Max Verstappen crashes in final Monaco practice

Sebastian Vettel has spoken about the effect Michael Schumacher has had on him and how he wants to replicate his success at Ferrari. Verstappen had held the quickest time for much of the session, after setting a new lap record early on, but as he tried to extend his lead further on a fresh set of hyper-soft tyres he committed one of the cardinal sins of Monaco by damaging his vehicle just two hours before the all-important qualifying session.

The marshals were impressive in quickly clearing the damaged Red Bull and allowing the session to resume with four minutes remaining, and Ricciardo duly headed back out to pip his teammate by the smallest of margins with a 1m11.786s to ensure he topped all three practice sessions.

The Red Bull driver, fastest in Thursday's Monaco Grand Prix opening practice with a record lap around the Mediterranean principality, is still sore at finishing runner-up in 2016 after taking pole position.

Ricciardo really is a bloody talented driver.

"I think we definitely learned a lot from past year", said Hamilton.

Hamilton jovially replied: "I think we have a closer relationship, don't we?"

"People, for their benefit, are going to try and push me, set deadlines, and I get that", Ricciardo said.




"Our long run looked decent". It is not everything around here, but we seem to good in all conditions at the moment.

"Having the (new) hypersoft tyre gives us that little bit more grip and it's pretty cool to be breaking lap records".

'We've always had a strong race vehicle, but Saturday is where we've tended to struggle, at the business end of qualifying. "Just yesterday I was running through the tunnel and telling my friend who has never been before that usually we're doing 200 miles per hour out of this tunnel and he was like, that's insane. I think come qualifying the others will turn it up".

'Hopefully with the shorter straights here and with this circuit layout, it offers us our best qualifying chance of the season'.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest, ahead of the McLarens of Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso, the latter's day compromised slightly by losing most of the first session because of a brake-by-wire issue.

The double world champion had a better afternoon and finished ninth fastest. The auto felt good in some places, in others it felt bad.

Hamilton then hit back with a time less than a tenth faster despite encountering a Williams just as he approached the final corner.

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