Hamilton fastest in practice in Austin
Austin, US - Lewis Hamilton signalled his intent to win his sixth drivers' title in style on Friday when he comfortably topped the times in second practice at the United States Grand Prix - but it was not enough to impress Max Verstappen.
Hamilton, of Mercedes, who needs only to finish in the topeight on Sunday to retain his crown, wound up three-tenths of a second clear of nearest rival Charles Leclerc of Ferrari while Verstappen was third fastest after topping the times in the morning in his Red Bull.
Hamilton enjoyed assistance from Williams' Robert Kubica, gaining 'a tow' behind him down the straight in the middle sector of his lap at the Circuit of the Americas. His advantage ahead of Leclerc may have been enlarged, but the Monegasque driver told Ferrari he could not match the Briton's pace on a single lap.
The 34 year old Mercedes driver clocked a best lap in one minute 33.232 to outpace Leclerc of Ferrari by three-tenths of a second.
Having spent the morning's opening session working on setup variations, Hamilton proved he was back on form with a succession of quick laps in his race simulation run to give himself a great chance of claiming the 2019 title with a sixth victory in eight races at the Circuit of the Americas.