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Formula One: Hamilton fastest in final practice in Monaco

Published on May 24, 2014 7:40 PM
 
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives his car during the third practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco May 24, 2014. Hamilton topped the times again in Saturday morning's final free practice session, the Mercedes driver winding up just ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the leading Red Bull after a dramatic hour's action. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTE CARLO (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton topped the times again in Saturday morning's final free practice session for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver winding up just ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the leading Red Bull after a dramatic hour's action.

The championship-leading Briton, who was the fastest man in Thursday's opening practice sessions, clocked a best lap of 1min 16.758sec to set the pace, but only after locking up and missing the chicane on an earlier fast lap as he, and most other drivers, struggled to find perfection on the unforgiving barrier-lined circuit.

Thanks to a stunning lap, Ricciardo was only 0.050sec slower than Hamilton in his Red Bull ahead of local hero Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes who, watched by his father and former champion Keke, pushed hard, but also made a mistake.

Defending four-time drivers' champion German Sebastian Vettel was fourth in the second Red Bull ahead of two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Mexican Sergio Perez and his Force India team-mate German Nico Huelkenberg.

 
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