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Rowland tops final practice with new lap record

The lap record has once again been broken in Monaco as Oliver Rowland, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer all went under the 50s mark, with a crucial qualifying session awaiting the drivers.

In what turned out to be another relatively uneventful practice session, Rowland lapped his Nissan e.dams in a time of 49.847s as he aims for a third career pole position, while the DS Techeetah duo looked strong with second and third.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Alex Lynn put in a stellar performance to set the fourth fastest time, while FP1 pace-setter Lucas di Grassi ended the session in fifth.

The Brazilian did provide one of the session’s more interesting moments as he went for a spin at turn one after taking too much kerb, finding his Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler on the inside run-off area behind the barrier.

There were a few lock-ups throughout the session, with Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara getting it wrong at La Rascasse before Sebastien Buemi found his Nissan e.dams down the escape road at the Nouvelles hairpin on two separate occasions. The Swiss ended the session 21st fastest.

Pascal Wehrlein put his Mahindra Racing into sixth place after a solid sessions, while Alexander Sims, Felipe Massa, Daniel Abt and Sam Bird rounded out the top ten.

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