Sebastian Vettel has ended the final practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix fastest ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The German’s time was just shy of Daniel Ricciardo’s best effort in FP2 on Thursday, although he did manage to improve on his own Thursday practice time by 1.6 seconds.

Despite leading for the majority of the second half of the session, Ricciardo was heavily disrupted by yellow flags and traffic so he was unable to show off Red Bull’s pace and ended up in fourth position, 0.157 seconds off Vettel’s time.

His teammate Max Verstappen pushed a little too hard in the latter stages of practice when he locked his front right brakes and skidded into the barriers on the approach to Massenet. Although he was carrying quite a bit of speed, the teenager didn’t do any significant damage to his Red Bull Racing RB12.

The Toro Rosso pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz were again in the mix finishing in sixth and seventh position respectively. While both drivers set their best time on the ultra-soft tyre like the rest of the field, Kvyat and Sainz spent the early part of the session running on the super-softs to simulate race conditions.

Kimi Räikkönen finished almost a second off his teammate’s pace in ninth position, splitting the Force India duo of Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg.

There were many mistakes being made towards the end of the session as drivers tested the limit of both their cars and the circuit. Vettel almost lost control of his Ferrari under braking coming out of the tunnel but made an impressive save.

Pérez, Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein all out-braked themselves around the circuit and were forced to use the run-off exits.

Jolyon Palmer took too much kerb at the Swimming Pool complex and spun his Renault, however he was lucky to get away with little more than light damage to his rear wing.

Driver Team / Entry Result Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H 1:14.650 25
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid + 0.018 24
3. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid + 0.122 29
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 0.157 22
5. Max Verstappen nl Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 0.431 17
6. Daniil Kvyat ru Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 0.609 23
7. Carlos Sainz Jr es Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 0.674 26
8. Sergio Pérez Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 0.718 21
9. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H + 0.905 22
10. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 1.016 20
11. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 1.418 29
12. Fernando Alonso es McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 1.607 24
13. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 1.648 23
14. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 1.697 21
15. Esteban Gutiérrez Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 1.756 23
16. Kevin Magnussen dk Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 1.762 13
17. Romain Grosjean fr Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 1.877 27
18. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 2.217 23
19. Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 2.388 32
20. Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 2.832 17
21. Pascal Wehrlein de Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 2.945 32
22. Rio Haryanto id Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 3.530 34

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