FP3: Russell leads Hamilton as Mercedes claim 1-2 during final practice in Mexico City – Formula 1

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George Russell edged out teammate Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes took the top two positions in Saturday’s final practice session for the Mexico City Grand Prix – sending a clear message to rivals Red Bull and Ferrari ahead of qualifying.

Russell produced a blistering time of 1m 18.399s – more than one and a half seconds faster than his Friday benchmark – in another bright and hot session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, finishing 0.144s clear of Hamilton.

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Max Verstappen and Red Bull were Mercedes’ closest challengers, but the Dutchman – almost half a second off the pace – was left to lament a “terrible” first sector during an early lap on soft tires and “the same problem again” at the start. of his second run, which prompted him to retire, reload and have another go.

Behind, the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz took P4 and P6 respectively, sandwiching the other Red Bull of home favorite Sergio Perez, who made noise in the stands every time he completed a lap.

1


George
Russell
RUS
Mercedes

1:18,399

2


Lewis
Hamilton
HAM
Mercedes

+0.144s

3


Max
Verstappen
VER
Red Bull Racing

+0.477s

4


Carlos
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari

+0.724s

5


Sergio
Perez
by
Red Bull Racing

+0.842s

As with the USA, FP3 marked a valuable final hour of track time before qualifying, with five drivers sitting a first practice for rookies and a second practice dedicated to further evaluation of Pirelli’s prototype 2023 tyres.

Behind the Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari cars, Lando Norris was next for McLaren, as Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Alex Albon’s Williams rounded out the top 10 positions.

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Alpine pair Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso were 11th and 13th respectively, shared by the second Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu, with Daniel Ricciardo down in 14th, some eight-tenths slower than teammate Norris.

Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) were next on the time sheets, the former surviving a trip across the grass and the latter collecting a fine for pit lane speeding.

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Mick Schumacher had a wild spin through the aces in the early stages, but managed to keep it out of the wall to recover and take P17, three places and seven tenths faster than Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen, who is set for. engine grid penalty.

Nicholas Latifi finished 18th in the other Williams, with Sebastian Vettel 19th, ahead of the aforementioned Magnussen, after complaining of “shocking” balance at the wheel of his Aston Martin.

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Drivers and teams will now prepare for Saturday’s qualifying session in Mexico City, which is scheduled to start at 15:00 local time. Visit the COURSE KNOT for more information.

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