2014 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix!
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It's a glorious day here in Monte-Carlo, with barely a cloud in the sky
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Thursday's practice sessions were topped by Hamilton and Alonso
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The first took place in completely dry conditions, with the second affected by rain
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Now the drivers have just one more hour of practice before qualifying
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres to Monaco
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Meanwhile, there is just one DRS zone in place this weekend
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Detection is between Turns 16 and 17, with the activation area on the main straight
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Remember, you can get in touch with our live reporting team throughout the session
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and FP3 is underway!
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Ricciardo is the first driver out in his Red Bull
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Plenty of other cars heading out for early install runs
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All drivers on the Soft tyres for these laps
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Raikkonen heads straight on to a flying lap
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He will be looking to make up for lost time after his gearbox issue on Thursday
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Raikkonen refrains from posting a time and returns to the pits
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Caterham duo Kobayashi and Ericsson are the first to record flying laps
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Rosberg moves to the front with a 1:24.410
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Magnussen now fastest on 1:22.568
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Rosberg the first to break into the 1m19s
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Hamilton goes P2, 0.373 seconds adrift
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"The fronts are really cold," says Ricciardo
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Rosberg lowers the benchmark to 1:18.143
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The fastest time on Thursday was Hamilton's 1:18.271
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Ericsson locks up and goes straight on at Ste Devote
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DRS has been disabled, with Ericsson reversing his way out of trouble
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Rosberg goes even faster, clocking a 1:17.736
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He then slows significantly to avoid Ericsson's recovering Caterham
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Ericsson, facing the right direction again, continues on his way
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Hamilton four tenths back on team-mate Rosberg at the moment
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But the Briton has been consistently hindered by traffic in the early stages
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Track placement will be crucial in this afternoon's qualifying session
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Rosberg currently fastest in the first and final sectors, with Hamilton topping the second
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Raikkonen up to fourth, splitting the McLarens of Magnussen and Button
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Hamilton has a scare through Tabac, with his car snapping away
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That very nearly led to an impact with the barriers...
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Only Vettel and the Force India drivers are yet to post lap times
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Vettel is now completing his first flyer of the day
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Hamilton closes in on Rosberg with a 1:17.866
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Ricciardo up to third, with Alonso fourth
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Vettel is seventh after his opening flyer
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Perez and Hulkenberg finally clock times
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Vettel goes third, just ahead of team-mate Ricciardo
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Bottas does well to hold his car after a snap of oversteer through Massenet
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The Williams is looking a little unstable at the moment
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We're past the halfway mark of the session
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Grosjean has recently switched to the Super Soft tyres
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The Frenchman is the third driver to do so
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Button has been stuck in the McLaren garage with a brake issue
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It looks as though the Super Softs have multiple timed laps in them as well
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On his second attempt, Grosjean moves up to P6
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Rosberg, still on Softs, improves to 1:17.351
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Ricciardo has taken on a set of Super Softs
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The Red Bull driver goes fastest on 1:16.808
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Hamilton complaining that the rear end of his car is "very loose"
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Chilton also reporting a poor car balance
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The Marussia driver says he has corner entry understeer and exit oversteer
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While he struggles, team-mate Bianchi is running an encouraging 14th
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Lots of drivers on the Super Soft rubber now
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Expect to see plenty of improvements...
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Perez, having made the compound switch, moves up to third
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Hulkenberg goes fifth in the sister Force India
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Vettel improves to go P2, four tenths back on team-mate Ricciardo
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Hamilton now out on a set of Super Softs
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Meanwhile, team-mate Rosberg is stuck in the garage with a minor issue
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Vettel was on a flyer, but he got held up by traffic in the final sector
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Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:16.758
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That's five hundredths faster than Ricciardo
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All drivers on the Super Softs now
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Vettel waves his hands angrily after getting held up in traffic
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Hamilton abandons his latest lap after locking up at the Nouvelle Chicane
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Yellow flags at Ste Devote as Vergne takes to the escape road
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The Frenchman gets going again without major drama
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Very few improvements coming in the final few seconds of the session
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The chequered flag comes out, signalling the end of FP3
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Hamilton remains on top, ahead of Ricciardo, Rosberg and Vettel
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It looks like we could see a thrilling Mercedes/Red Bull battle for pole position!
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Alonso and Raikkonen are next up in the two Ferraris, with Force India duo Perez and Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso drivers Vergne and Kvyat completing the top ten
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Stay tuned to the website for a full report plus the latest news and photos
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We will be back for qualifying at 2pm local time (GMT +2)