Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton faster than Max Verstappen in VT3 + RESULT

Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton faster than Max Verstappen in VT3 + RESULT

The Mercedes driver George Russell set the fastest time in the third free practice session in Mexico. The Englishman beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:18,399. Max Verstappen he drove a solid session and was able to qualify third fastest. The Red Bull driver gave almost half a second to Russell.

After the first 5 minutes of the third practice session, there was only one time on the board. It was Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas who started the race with a time of 1:21.462. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the second fastest time behind his former teammate moments later. Charles Leclerc then took the lead in the Ferrari with a 1:20.487.

After the first 10 minutes had passed, Carlos Sainz jumped to P1. The Spaniard was slightly faster with a time of 1:19.884 than Sergio Perez who took P2 from Leclerc to much fanfare. Times changed quickly. Shortly after, George Russell took matters into his own hands by going a tenth faster than Sainz. Leclerc was now joined by P3.

A yellow flag appeared with 45 minutes remaining in the session when Haas driver Mick Schumacher spun around the track through a 360-degree fault. The German was able to continue his program unscathed. While Max Verstappen was still in the garage, Perez improved to P2.

Max Verstappen made his first meters after 20 minutes of the session and immediately took P1 from Russell. The world champion recorded 1:19,296 as the current fastest time. Perez held P3 for the time being, with Sainz and Leclerc completing the top 5.

Verstappen improved his time to 1:19.118 and seemed to show his intention to qualify. The Dutchman left Russell half a second behind with his time. Towards the final 20 minutes Mercedes were busy with fast times. George Russell jumped to P1 with a 1:18.399 and was more than ten ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton. Due to the acceleration of the German team, Verstappen dropped to P3.

Behind the top three we saw fast times from Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas and Yuki Tsunoda. Alexander Albon also entered the top 10.

Results of the third free practice for the Mexican Grand Prix:

POS 	DRIVER          	NAT.	TEAM     	TIME
1 George Russell GBR Mercedes 1m18.399s
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 1m18.543s
3 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull 1m18.876s
4 Charles Leclerc MON Ferrari 1m19.123s
5 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull 1m19.241s
6 Carlos Sainz ESP Ferrari 1m19.301s
7 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 1m19.317s
8 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo 1m19.390s
9 Yuki Tsunoda JPN AlphaTauri 1m19.882s
10 Alex Albon THA Williams 1m19.917s
11 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 1m19.960s
12 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo 1m20.019s
13 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 1m20.037s
14 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 1m20.139s
15 Pierre Gasly FRA AlphaTauri 1m20.330s
16 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin 1m20.477s
17 Mick Schumacher GER Haas F1 1m20.598s
18 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams 1m20.848s
19 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin 1m20.968s
20 Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas F1 1m21.271