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Max Verstappen heads Sebastian Vettel in FP1 at chilly Austin

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen edged Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel during opening practice for Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix, as Mercedes finished off the pace. Chilly and sunny conditions, with air temperature struggling to reach 10c, greeted Formula 1 teams on Friday morning at the Circuit of the Americas, with drivers also encountering a bumpy track surface. Formula 1 teams also got their first chance at evaluating the 2020-spec tyres, with Pirelli bringing two sets of next year’s C4 for each driver to run either in FP1 or FP2. Verstappen clocked a time of 1:34.057 to finish 0.169s clear of Vettel, while Red Bull’s Alexander Albon placed third, 0.259s behind...
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