Hamil­ton beats Ros­berg in Mex­i­can Grand Prix

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LEWIS Hamil­ton headed cham­pi­onship ri­val Nico Ros­berg in first prac­tice at the Mex­i­can Grand Prix.

Hamil­ton was 0.759 sec­onds ahead of Ros­berg, ex­actly the sort of dis­play he needs at a race he re­ally needs to win to keep his ti­tle hopes alive.

Ros­berg, who leads by 26 points with 75 points avail­able from three races, will be crowned cham­pion to­mor­row if he wins and Hamil­ton is 10th or lower.

Hamil­ton was fastest and Ros­berg only sev­enth in an in­con­clu­sive ses­sion.

On a chilly morning in Mex­ico City, with tem­per­a­tures at the start of prac­tice only 10C, the two Mercedes driv­ers set their best times on medium tyres, while the four driv­ers be­tween them were on softer rub­ber.

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel was sec­ond fastest, 0.079secs be­hind Hamil­ton and just ahead of team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen, both us­ing the soft tyre, and the Force In­dias of lo­cal hero Ser­gio Perez and Nico Hulken­berg next up on su­per-softs.

Wil­liams’s Valt­teri Bot­tas was sixth, also us­ing the softs.It was an in­con­clu­sive ses­sion as a re­sult of the dif­fer­ent tyre choices and the con­stantly chang­ing track sur­face at the Au­to­dromo Her­manos Ro­driguez, which started off ex­tremely dusty and be­came quicker through the ses­sion as the cir­cuit cleaned up.

But Mercedes did say that Ros­berg had not had any problems, and the two Mercedes driv­ers did set their times at sim­i­lar points in the ses­sion, when the dif­fer­ence in track sur­face would have been min­i­mal.

The dirty track led to a num­ber of driv­ers lock­ing their wheels and run­ning wide, but there was a big­ger con­cern for Red Bull, where Max Ver­stap­pen suf­fered a rear brake fire mid­way through the ses­sion which dam­aged sen­sors and brought his run­ning to an end. — BBCS­port.

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