Fot­mula 1 - Hamil­ton heads up FP1 as Ver­stap­pen ‘brakes’ out

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Lewis Hamil­ton has topped first free prac­tice for the Mex­i­can Grand Prix with a fastest lap set on the medium com­pound tyre, while Max Ver­stap­pen spent much of his ses­sion on the side­lines with brake prob­lems. In the end it was Hamil­ton that would emerge quick­est with a rapid 1min 20.914secs lap, though his mea­gre 0.079s mar­gin over sec­ond place Se­bas­tian Vet­tel is be­trayed by his top time be­ing achieved on the medium tyre – the firmest of the com­pounds avail­able in Mex­ico this week­end. Vet­tel and third place Kimi Raikko­nen fol­lowed up in sec­ond and third places on the soft tyres, while Force In­dia pair of Ser­gio Perez and Nico Hulken­berg fol­low­ing closely in fourth and fifth, al­beit with the use of the su­per-soft tyres.

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