Mexico City GP: Max Verstappen comfortably fastest in F1 free practice with Lewis Hamilton third

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Advantage over Max Verstappen and Red Bull after the free practice action on the opening day in Mexico; Watch qualifying at 8pm on Saturday live only on Sky Sport F1

Last updated: 21/05/11 22:09


Max Verstappen showed why Red Bull is considered the favorite for the Mexico City GP by comfortably setting the pace in free practice, as Lewis Hamilton finished third.

Mercedes may have finished first and second in Friday’s opening session, but Red Bull, the fastest car on F1’s previous three visits to the Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome at altitude, showed the pace of its RB16B in the afternoon’s fastest session. representative, especially in Verstappen’s hands.

The championship leader’s best lap of 1: 17.301 was 0.424 seconds faster than Valtteri Bottas with Hamilton a further tenth behind in third place.

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The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both passed on the grass during practice two ahead of the GP of Mexico City.

The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both passed on the grass during practice two ahead of the GP of Mexico City.

Hamilton, who was reprimanded by the commissioners during his lunch break for failing to get back on track after a mistake in the first session, also ran on grass in his first stint of the afternoon before moving up the rankings.

Home favorite Sergio Perez finished fourth, nearly 0.6 seconds behind team-mate Verstappen, with Carlos Sainz fifth leading Ferrari.

Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel made a small detour through the McLaren garage during P2 !.

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Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel made a small detour through the McLaren garage during P2 !.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel made a small detour through the McLaren garage during P2 !.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams’s George Russell were both forced out early in the session due to problems with changing their respective cars.

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