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Vettel fastest from Mercs

Sky Sports Sky Sports 28/05/2016

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the pace in final practice for the Monaco GP just ahead of Lewis Hamilton. 

After struggling on Thursday, Vettel topped the timesheets on Saturday morning with a lap of 1:14.650.

In an action-packed session, the top four were covered by 0.157 seconds with Nico Rosberg third and Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull fourth.

"We have got a tight battle right at the front. There is not a lot in it between Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari," approved Sky F1's Damon Hill.

Hamilton was on course for the fastest time of the session after going quickest in the opening two sectors before encountering traffic at the penultimate corner.

Spanish GP victor Max Verstappen was a relatively distant fifth after locking his rear tyres and hitting the barriers as he entered Casino Square.

With McLaren, for whom Fernando Alonso was 12th and Jenson Button 13th, remaining on the periphery, Toro Rosso are emerging as the weekend's surprise package. Once again, both of the team's cars reached the top ten with Daniil Kvyat a place ahead of Carlos Sainz in sixth.

But Renault's struggles continued. After Jolyon Palmer crashed for the second time this weekend - wrecking a flying lap from Hamilton - through the Swimming Pool complex, his team-mate Kevin Magnussen then also hit the barriers. 

Qualifying takes place at 1pm UK Time.

Practice Three timesheet1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:14.6502. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:14.6683. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:14.7724. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:14.8075. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 1:15.0816. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:15.2597. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1:15.3248. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:15.3689. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:15.55510. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:15.66611. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:16.06812. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:16.25713. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:16.29814. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:16.34715. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, 1:16.40716. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:16.41217. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 1:16.52718. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:16.86719. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:17.03720. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:17.48221. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, 1:17.59522. Rio Haryanto, Manor, 1:18.180

Watch the Monaco GP live on Sky Sports F1. The race starts at 1pm on Sunday, with build-up underway at 11.30am. Or watch the race without a contract for £6.99 on NOW TV. 

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