US Formula One: Lewis Hamilton shades Sebastian Vettel in final practice

Updated: Oct 22, 2017, 11:19 IST | AFP | Austin

Lewis Hamilton completed a sweep of all three practices when he topped the times for Mercedes ahead of Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's third and final session for the United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton completed a sweep of all three practices when he topped the times for Mercedes ahead of Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's third and final session for the United States Grand Prix. The Briton, 32, hoping to clinch his fourth title this weekend, clocked a fastest lap of one minute and 34.478 seconds on a cloudy and windy morning at the Circuit of the Americas, outpacing his Ferrari rival by 0.092 seconds. Hamilton can take the championship if he wins and Vettel fails to finish in the top five.

Lewis Hamilton Pic/AFP
Lewis Hamilton Pic/AFP

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third quickest, but two-tenths off the pace, after a tricky session in which he was frequently fighting to retain control of his car. His compatriot Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the second Ferrari ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen, who on Friday signed a new three-year contract with Red Bull, and Felipe Massa of Williams.

Verstappen faces a 15-place grid penalty for Sunday's race after Red Bull installed new power unit parts in his car. Nico Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of his new Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz, making his debut with the team after switching from Toro Rosso. Australian Daniel Ricciardo endured a messy morning's work on his way to ninth in the second Red Bull ahead of Sergio Perez of Force India.

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