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Ricciardo fastest as Verstappen crashes in FP3

27 Mai 2018

Between the lush streets of Monaco and the itty bitty inches between auto and barrier, you'll really gain some newfound appreciation for what these drivers do and are capable of.

Ricciardo's best lap of a sunny session was one minute 11.786 seconds, compared to his Thursday best of 1:11.841 and Kimi Raikkonen's 2017 pole position time for Ferrari of 1:12.178. And from that, a chance to win.

Webber's relationship with Vettel descended into turmoil during their five years together at Red Bull in which the Australian was beaten by his team-mate to four consecutive titles.

Never say never but, for me, at the moment, it doesn't really matter.

We mentioned the importance of the start in Spain last time out, but nothing comes close to how crucial track position is in Monaco.

His views were largely echoed by Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

"The intention this weekend is to try and win and be dominant", he said.

For Ricciardo, he has not put a foot wrong, topping every practice and qualifying session - the first driver to do so this season - with his Red Bull auto ideally suited to the slow-speed Monte Carlo streets.

Verstappen's failure to make it out in time for qualifying came after it emerged shortly before the session got underway that there was a problem with his gearbox.

Elsewhere, Ferrari were cast into the spotlight on Thursday after F1 rivals questioned the legality of their car's energy recovery system.

"I thought a year ago Ferrari, new regulations, maybe they just got a few things right and then Mercedes with time, with the development, would just completely disappear again. And that's my job for Saturday".

But his team's hopes of an all-Red Bull front row were wrecked as team-mate Max Verstappen failed to take part in the session after a big crash in final practice.

2017 Monaco victor Sebastian Vettel was third fastest but was over half a second shy of the Australian's lap record of a 1:11.841. Vettel claimed his pole for Toro Rosso in Italy in 2008 at 21 years and 73 days. "We were not quick enough, and if we are not able to see that, then we are more than blind", he said. He went in, Red Bull were not ready with his new tyres, and the ensuing delay allowed Lewis Hamilton to steal the victory.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 17 points after five rounds of the 21-race championship, and the Briton will have been boosted at least by his car's performance after a disappointing showing in Monaco a year ago.

Ricciardo fastest as Verstappen crashes in FP3