Mexican Grand Prix: FP3 as it happened

Adriaan Slabbert Adriaan Slabbert

Follow all the action from FP3 at the Mexican Grand Prix live right here.

00:08 That’s it for a tense and tight FP3 from Mexico!  We’ll be back at 02:00 to cover Qualifying for you, and please do join us for that, because it promises to be a thriller!  Bye until then.

00:05 Here’s the order for you…

00:00 And that’s it for FP3! Verstappen fastest, but only four tenths cover the top 6, with home hero Perez half a second adrift of Raikkonen in P6.

23:55 Into the final minutes of the session now, there’s been no shortage of speed…

23:50 Red Bull showing some strong pace this weekend.  Are they in with a chance of pole later?

23:45 Verstappen hits the front, a tenth clear of Vettel.  Teammate Ricciardo was initially a second off, but after a trip to the pits the Australian has another go and manages P3, 0.248 seconds down.

23:40 Raikkonen is first of the Ferraris to have a go, and he’s two tenths shy of Bottas.  Teammate Vettel is lighting up the timing screens and hits the front with a 1.17.230, a quarter of a second clear of Bottas!

23:35 It’s an all-silver affair out front right now, but their rivals have yet to put on the faster, purple shoes…

23:30 Bottas has a third go and finds more time, delivering a 1.17.537.  Hamilton has also improved, but remains 0..298 seconds down on his teammate’s time.  Verstappen sets a 1.18.027 on his supersofts.

23:25 Bottas hits the front and is the first driver to dip into the 1.17’s, going a tenth clear of Hamilton, before having another go and finding further time to set a 1.17.681, 0.400 seconds up on Hamilton.  A couple of drivers have been caught out at the first corner, being forced to cut across the grass in the process.

 

23:20 Hamilton hits the front on a set of ultrasofts with a 1.18.081, a tenth clear of Max Verstappen.  The Red Bull, however, is on supersofts.

23:15 Toro Rosso have desperately tried to give their man instructions on how to get the car going again, but all to no avail, and that’s that for Gasly.  Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen has lowered the benchmark to a 1.18.925, with Nico Hulkenberg 0.465 seconds down.

23:10 Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso has given a puff of smoke, and the Frenchman pulls off the circuit!  His weekend is getting worse and worse, he had hardly any running time yesterday, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.

23:05 Fernando Alonso sets the first time of the day, a 1.21.470.  Teammate Stoffel Vandoorne follows that with a 1.22.280.

23:00 Green light, FP3 is on!  Out comes the Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein, and he is followed by teammate Marcus Ericsson.  Over at world champions Mercedes, neither driver seems overly hurried to get into their cars.

22:55 Five minutes to go.  Some drivers were limited by a lack of running time yesterday, so they’ll be eager to make amends for that in this final, crucial practice session.

22:50 And here, then, is the weather.  Cool, but sunny and dry.

22:45 Fifteen more minutes to the start, and it appears to be a splendid day.  The drivers struggled yesterday with a slippery surface, so with conditions ideal for lots of running, we should see a good deal of rubber going down.

22:40 While Red Bull showed good pace yesterday, it was a tight affair all round, with the top six cars split by less than half a second, and with Fernando Alonso only a further two tenths back in P7.

22:35 When we left off yesterday, it was Daniel Ricciardo that had set the pace for Red Bull during FP2, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and teammate Max Verstappen.

22:30 Hello there, welcome to FOX Sports Asia’s coverage of the final free practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix!  We’re thirty minutes away from the action, so sit tight.

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