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Saturday, May 26, 2018|5:32 a.m.
MONACO– Daniel Ricciardo published the fastest time ahead of colleague Max Verstappen as Red Bull dominated third and last practice for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday.
Verstappen somehow crashed under no pressure minutes from the end, indicating his team needs to fix the damaged right front wing of his vehicle in time for certifying later on.
In the current event of a struggling season for the 20-year-old Dutch chauffeur, he locked his brakes exiting the swimming pool area beside the famed harbor, slid throughout the track and slammed into the barriers.
The ideal wheel of the automobile was mangled and the suspension broken.
Verstappen looked dejected as he climbed up out and strolled back to his garage. Two years earlier, he made a similar error coming out of the exact same chicane.
The session was held up for a few minutes while Verstappen’s vehicle and particles were gotten rid of. When the drivers returned out for the last couple of minutes, Ricciardo beat his time by.001 seconds. The Australian motorist has topped all three Monaco practice runs.
In a boost for Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel placed 3rd ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen, with Mercedes motorist Lewis Hamilton fifth ahead of colleague Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton has won the past 2 races and leads the championship by 17 points ahead of Vettel, who won the opening two races.
Vettel would be more detailed however completed eighth at the Chinese GP on April 15 after being clipped by a careless Verstappen.
Then, at the Azerbaijan GP last month, Ricciardo crashed into the back of Verstappen who safeguarded his position aggressively with a podium finish in sight. Both chauffeurs headed out of the race and got a stern rebuke from group principal Christian Horner.
Tensions might resurface after this latest oversight from Verstappen, the youngest chauffeur to win an F1 race, at 18.