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Final practice - Rosberg fastest again in Monaco 25 May 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 23 May 2013 Ferrari's Felipe Massa has a big crash into Turn One. The Brazilian thankfully emerges unhurt As the session restarts Adrian Sutil loses the rear end of his Force India and clatters into the barriers Romain Grosjean has his second crash of the session, and third of the weekend, as his Lotus hits the wall at Turn One to bring P3 to an end Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 23 May 2013

Nico Rosberg continued to dominate practice in Monte Carlo, setting the fastest time in the final practice session for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2013 on Saturday morning by six-tenths of a second.

The German lapped his Mercedes in 1m 14.378s as Romain Grosjean leapt up to second place with 1m 15.051s and then improved that to 1m 15.039s before going from hero to zero by crashing his Lotus at Ste Devote - the second time he's done that this week.

This time he got on the wrong entry line, walloped the outer guardrail and then slid across to the inside, shedding his right hand front wheel. As this happened with less than two minutes to go, the session was not resumed after being red flagged.

That marked the second time that the drapeau rouge had been deployed, as earlier on Felipe Massa, running 10th, put his Ferrari into the wall at Ste Devote. The Brazilian may have suffered a car problem after the front wheels locked well before the turn-in point, sending the car into the guardrail to the left and then head-on into the Ste Devote tyre wall.

Like Grosjean, he was unhurt, as was Adrian Sutil who lost the rear end of his Force India going up towards Massenet and then clattered into the outer barrier. Rosberg tapped the wall exiting Portier, while both Kimi Raikkonen (Mirabeau) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Ste Devote) had to reverse out of escape roads.

Sebastian Vettel showed greater pace for Red Bull with the third fastest time of 1m 15.261s, after aborting what had seemed a faster lap after encountering traffic exiting the Swimming Pool.

Behind Vettel, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso recorded 1m 15.286s to head a subdued Lewis Hamilton on 1m 15.311s for Mercedes, Raikkonen on 1m 15.380s for Lotus, Mark Webber on 1m 15.550s for Red Bull, Paul di Resta on 1m 15.594s for Force India, Pastor Maldonado on 1m 15.861s for Williams, Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 15.926s for Sauber, Sergio Perez on 1m 15.958s for McLaren, and Perez's team mate Jenson Button tied with Toro Rosso's Vergne on 1m 15.976s.

Daniel Ricciardo just trailed his Toro Rosso team mate with 1m 16.060s, with Sutil right behind on 1m 16.068s and Massa 16th on 1m 16.105s. Esteban Guttierez managed 1m 16.427s in the second Sauber, with Valtteri Bottas 18th on 1m 16.933s in the second Williams.

Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde headed the tailenders with 1m 17.902s and 1m 18.102s in their Caterhams, with Jules Bianchi next up on 1m 18.706s for Marussia ahead of team mate Max Chilton on 1m 19.228s.

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