Verstappen tops the final practice in Mexico, affected by rain

Verstappen tops the final practice in Mexico, affected by rain

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Max Verstappen, Photo: Red Bull

Max Verstappen tops the finalsession for the Mexican Grand Prix in ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

With rain falling at the circuit earlier on Saturday, the first half of the session took place in damp conditions, with only a couple of laps being registered before the half-hour mark.

Verstappen set a best time of 1:16.284. He took two-tenths of a second off the track record for the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

However for the first time this weekend it wasn’t his team mate Daniel Ricciardo in second place. Hamilton set his best time on his second flying effort on a set of hyper-soft tyres.

Sebastian Vettel made it three different cars in the top three. He was just a two-hundredths of a second slower than his championship rival.

However there was concern for Mercedes as Valtteri Bottas came to a stop with a hydraulic problem during the session before he was able to set a representative time.

The Mercedes team will now have to diagnose the issue and repair the car in time for qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen therefore took fifth place while both Saubers and both Renaults made it into the top 10, along with Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso.

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