Max Verstappen continued to set the pace in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver had also topped both Friday's session, but today saw the competition close in, with Hamilton and Vettel less than 3 tenths behind.
Compared to Friday, conditions were much cooler, with the track damp at the beginning as well. As Mercedes were struggling with overheating engines on Friday, the different situation could explain the team's upturn in form.
Daniel Ricciardo put his Red Bull in fourth, having lapped the least of all top 10 drivers. Raikkonen on the other hand completed the highest number of laps of the top 10 drivers, ending up 5th fastest, marginally ahead of Charles Leclerc.
Sainz, Gasly, Ericsson and Hulkenberg completed the top 10, keeping Renault in the better half of the pack.
There was trouble for Bottas as a hydraulics failure brought him to a smokey halt 15 minutes from the end. Mercedes would later decide to fit another already used engine into his car, voiding any penalties. The virtual safety car that was put in place to remove Bottas' car seemed to be the signal for drivers to go out, given that track conditions had gradually improved throughout the session.
Haas's Kevin Magnussen wasn't to be seen on track again as he was stuck in the garage as his mechanics were busy replacing the intercooler on his car's power unit.
|1||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:16.284||-||9|
|2||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||1:16.538||+0.254s||9|
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:17.028||+0.744s||7|
|6||16||Charles Leclerc||Sauber Ferrari||1:17.059||+0.775s||13|
|8||10||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:17.525||+1.241s||16|
|9||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:17.565||+1.281s||14|
|11||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India Mercedes||1:17.731||+1.447s||10|
|12||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:17.819||+1.535s||10|
|13||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:18.145||+1.861s||10|
|14||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Renault||1:18.445||+2.161s||15|
|15||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Renault||1:18.548||+2.264s||11|
|16||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:18.637||+2.353s||10|
|17||35||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams Mercedes||1:18.669||+2.385s||9|
|18||18||Lance Stroll||Williams Mercedes||1:18.698||+2.414s||8|
|19||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes AMG||1:18.839||+2.555s||5|
|20||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||-||-||1|