Monaco has never been an easy destination for Mercedes champion, especially with Red Bull’s aerodynamic power and Ferrari’s rise in the past few years.
Monaco has never been an easy destination for Mercedes champion, especially with Red Bull’s aerodynamic power and Ferrari’s rise in the past few years. However, things have changed this year, after mastering the first test runs, they made history on Saturday afternoon with an additional record set.
At noon on the 7th day, the first run of FP3 took place when the teams continued to perform the final test work before entering the most important run in this race.
As in the two training sessions on Thursday, the atmosphere at FP3 is still very exciting when all 20 cars want to have the most time to run. However, with the narrow characteristic and a short length of only 3,337km, it is not easy for all to run stably through the rings and there is a sufficient distance to set up the desired run.
Mistakes are also an indispensable thing in Monaco, we often witness brake riders burning at the end of the two long lines / curves here in crabs 1 and 10, but no serious accident has occurred. until 25 minutes at FP3.
In one hour of running, Sebastian Vettel broke the wheel in the Sainte Devote, unfortunately for him because he made the mistake when he started the crab, and couldn’t get into the road anymore. The end result was the crashing of the soft barrier that damaged the front wing and the left suspension, and VSC – a virtual safety car appeared.
However, Ferrari could still be satisfied by Charles Leclerc who was the fastest FP3, Valtteri Bottas was only slower than 0.053s in second place, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly respectively. Antonio Giovinazzi leads the middle of the group with a 6th place with Daniil Kvyat in 7th place, losing only the fastest in less than 1s. However, these results still cannot predict how an unpredictable turn-based run in Monaco will take place.
All riders know the importance of the run so they leave the garage right from the first moment to establish their best run. Moreover, they also knew that the track would progress at a rapid pace, so later on, the loops would get faster, so no one was allowed to be subjective in Monaco.