Monaco Grand Prix 2019 FP3 report

The tight, fenced-in street track - that winds its way through the heart of the Mediterranean Principality - has typically tended to be among the German marque's weaker circuits. He was 0.053 seconds quicker than the Mercedes of Bottas and 0.213 seconds faster than Hamilton. After enjoying an exclusive tour around the Monaco pit lane, Ronaldo was ushered inside the Mercedes garage, where he meet with fellow sporting legend, Lewis Hamilton. The pair are said to have been very close following Lauda's arrival at the Mercedes team in 2012 and Hamilton's recruitment the following year.

The 1976 German Grand Prix witnessed Lauda spin off track, in which his vehicle suddenly set alight.

"I was throwing the vehicle around, pretty sure I touched the barriers a few times, no other way of doing it here".

"We're a little bit cautious but also very motivated to change that and to be performing here as well".

Ferrari is clearly feeling the pressure with Mercedes finishing 1-2 in all five races this season.

But that, too, will be hard considering how impressive Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen have been. They have finished first and second in the first five races. At this point, Verstappen was still on his first set of softs.

"I asked whether they were sure [he was safe]", he said. I feel that F1 and the FIA should take more ownership of the regulations.

Another scheduled news briefing with Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff, who worked closely with non-executive chairman Lauda, was postponed until Thursday.

Ricciardo managed to limp home in his Red Bull after complaining of a loss of power, to scrape a deserved victory in last years race. The former champions have traditionally always gone well around there with the circuit rewarding a strong chassis over a more powerful engine.

His father, he added, had transmitted to him his passion for Ayrton Senna, the great Brazilian three-time champion who was killed 25 years ago at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

"When you look to the weekend we were just missing the two or three tenths in the end", explained the Red Bull driver, who will start third.

Christian Horner of Red Bull, Claire Williams of Williams, Zak Brown of McLaren and Cyril Abiteboul of Renault all supported suggestions that the veto, held by Ferrari for decades as a means to retain the famous Italian marque's involvement, was no longer an acceptable part of a modern global sport.

The pair engaged in a firm handshake for about 10 seconds when the young Dutchman said: "Niki Would be proud".

"I've not had a huge amount of success around here in the past, it's been a track where I've been quick but never quite got that ideal lap and I think today was the closest I've got to it".

  • Julie Sanders