skysports - 11/9/2018 4:49:08 PM - GMT (+2 )
Last Updated: 09/11/18 2:38pm
Max Verstappen edged out Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in Practice One as F1's big three teams provided a mouth-watering glimpse of what could be ahead at this weekend's Brazilian GP.
Adding to early anticipation that the Interlagos weekend may again prove one of best races of the season despite the Drivers' Championship already being settled, less than a tenth of a second covered Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.
Mexico victor Verstappen was 0.049s ahead of Ferrari's Vettel, with new five-time champion Hamilton also within striking distance of the leading Red Bull.
"I wouldn't be disappointed with that grid on Sunday, that's for sure!" said Sky F1's Paul di Resta.
With Mercedes bidding to close out the Constructors' Championship, Hamilton has made clear his determination to win Sunday's race - something he never achieved in the two previous seasons when he wrapped up the title with races to spare.
Mercedes are also keen to rebound from disappointing races in Austin and Mexico, which were won by Ferrari and Red Bull respectively.
With the top three clear of the rest in P1, Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest in the other Red Bull and it was confirmed during the session that the Australian will take a five-place grid penalty this weekend for exceeding engine limits.
Kimi Raikkonen was fifth ahead of countryman Valtteri Bottas, who lost track time during the mid-part of the session as Mercedes investigated a possible oil leak on his car.
Meanwhile, after a wretched Mexican weekend, Haas started strongly in the midfield battle with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen rounding out the top eight ahead of Sauber's Charles Leclerc and Force India's Esteban Ocon.
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