Having topped both practice sessions on Friday, Max Verstappen was quickest once again in the third and final one-hour session, edging out Williams driver Alexander Albon and his team-mate Sergio Perez. F1Technical's senior writer Balázs Szabó reports on Free Practice 3.
Drivers were in no rush to head out on to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez when the lights switched to green. In fact, it was no surprise to see drivers wait in their garages as most of the field used two sets of soft tyres in the final practice which showed quite a high degree of degradation yesterday.
In the end, it was Max Verstappen to top the Saturday practice with a time of 1m17.887s which was eight tenths of a second quicker than what he managed on Friday. His team-mate Sergio Perez continued his fine form, ending the session in P3 only over a tenth of a second behind the Dutchman.
The big surprise was Alexander Albon, who put in an eye-catching lap on Pirelli's soft tyres that saw him take second in the final standings. His team-mate Logan Sargeant was 11th, seven tenths of a second adrift of the Thai driver.
After clocking in a sensational lap time early on, George Russell did not find the improvement on his second set of softs, and finished fourth fastest. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton took only tenth.
Alfa Romeo continued their fine form in the final practice as Valtteri Bottas took an impressive sixth behind the McLaren of Oscar Piastri. His team-mate Zhou Guanyu ended up 12th fastest.
AlphaTauri also had an encouraging session as Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo finished P7 and P9 with McLaren driver Lando Norris slotting in between the Japanese and Australian driver.
Ferrari had an encouraging first run on the softs, followed by an impressive heavy fuel run on the same set of tyres. However, the Scuderia drivers were left frustrated to see their late soft tyre runs ruined by traffic, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz taking only 13th and 15th.
Leclerc’s soft tyre lap was hampered by an unsighted Kevin Magnussen, while Sainz spun at Turn 11 after coming across the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll.
Fernando Alonso, who has looked unusually off the pace all weekend, ended the 60-minute session down in P17 while his team-mate Stroll finished three places higher up the order thanks to a late push lap on Pirelli's red-walled tyres.
|1||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda Rbpt||1:17.887||18|
|2||23||Alexander Albon||Williams Mercedes||1:17.957||+0.070s||18|
|3||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Honda Rbpt||1:18.026||+0.139s||18|
|5||81||Oscar Piastri||Mclaren Mercedes||1:18.392||+0.505s||21|
|6||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:18.437||+0.550s||25|
|7||22||Yuki Tsunoda||Alphatauri Honda Rbpt||1:18.450||+0.563s||25|
|8||4||Lando Norris||Mclaren Mercedes||1:18.480||+0.593s||20|
|9||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Alphatauri Honda Rbpt||1:18.499||+0.612s||14|
|11||2||Logan Sargeant||Williams Mercedes||1:18.718||+0.831s||14|
|12||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:18.917||+1.030s||20|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:19.094||+1.207s||20|
|16||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Haas Ferrari||1:19.320||+1.433s||18|
|17||14||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:19.471||+1.584s||20|
|18||10||Pierre Gasly||Alpine Renault||1:19.509||+1.622s||18|
|19||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:19.573||+1.686s||8|
|20||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:19.839||+1.952s||18|