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Ferrari's Charles Leclerc tops third free practice in Monaco

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc continued his impressive form at the Monaco Grand Prix, finishing fastest in the final practice session.

The Monegasque, who has never triumphed on home soil, topped the time sheets on Friday and was again fastest for Ferrari in the concluding running prior to qualifying.

Leclerc finished 0.197 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen with Lewis Hamilton third, three tenths off the pace.

Oscar Piastri took fourth for McLaren, one place clear of Red Bull's Sergio Perez. George Russell finished sixth, 0.599 sec slower than Leclerc.

Verstappen, who said prior to this weekend's race that the low-speed Monte Carlo layout will not suit his all-conquering Red Bull machine, is also the subject of a stewards' investigation.

Verstappen is adjudged to have driven "unnecessarily slowly" after he held up a gaggle of cars.

The session was suspended early on after Valtteri Bottas clipped the wall on the exit of the Swimming Pool Chicane before grinding to a halt at Rascasse with suspension failure.

His stoppage caught Hamilton by surprise, with the seven-time world champion forced to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting his former team-mate's machine.

Qualifying for Sunday's 78-lap race takes place at 16h00 local time (15h00 BST).


2024 F1 Monaco Grand Prix, FP3 Results:

1 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m11.369s
2 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m11.566s
3 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m11.710s
4 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m11.901s
5 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m11.923s
6 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m11.968s
7 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m11.979s
8 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m11.988s
9 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m11.991s
10 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m12.087s
11 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m12.144s
12 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m12.180s
13 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m12.192s
14 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m12.216s
15 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco F1 Team 1m12.331s
16 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m12.472s
17 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m12.703s
18 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Visa Cash App RB F1 Team 1m12.829s
19 Zhou Guanyu CHN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber 1m13.830s
20 Valtteri Bottas FIN Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber No Time Set

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