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Verstappen leads tightly-contested opening practice – FP1 Report

Brazilian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen topped a close-fought opening free practice session ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

The Mexican Grand Prix winner continued his timesheet-topping form by setting the pace at the Interlagos circuit, registering a 1:09.011 to go less than one tenth of a second quicker than both Vettel and Hamilton.

The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo finished the session in fourth place, but he’ll be hoping for more in qualifying after receiving a five-place grid penalty for a change of turbocharger.

The two Finns, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas, finished in fifth and sixth for Ferrari and Mercedes respectively, over half-a-second off the pace.

Looking to reel in fourth-placed Renault in the constructors’ championship, Haas finished the session in seventh and eighth, with Romain Grosjean leading Kevin Magnussen.

Charles Leclerc placed his Sauber in ninth place, with Force India’s Esteban Ocon completing the top ten.

To view the full results of the session, click here.

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