Mexico City - Max Verstappen topped the times ahead of world
championship-chasing Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's
morning's closely-contested final free practice ahead of Sunday's Mexican Grand
The 20-year-old Dutchman clocked a best lap in a track lap
record time of one minute and 17.113 seconds in his Red Bull to outpace the
32-year-old Briton by 0.075 seconds.
Four-time champion Vettel was third for Ferrari, just
one-tenth down, but narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes
with Australian Daniel Ricciardo fifth in the second Red Bull.
The top five were separated by only two-tenths of a second
with Kimi Raikkonen sixth in the second Ferrari, four-tenths off the pace.
Hamilton led the session at times, but was unable to stamp
his authority on the session as he prepares for qualifying later Saturday at
the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Hamilton needs to finish in the top five to clinch his
fourth drivers' world title if Vettel wins, and in the top nine, if the German
All the top drivers found the conditions challenging due to
the cold conditions early on, which prevented drivers finding it easy to gain
best performance from the tyres.
Local hero Sergio Perez was seventh for Force India ahead of
his team-mate Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz of Renault and his team-mate Nico