Sao Paulo GP: Sergio Perez edges Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to top first practice

Sergio Perez fractionally faster than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen in Practice One; top three separated by just eight thousandths of a second; watch Friday Qualifying live tonight on Sky Sports F1 at 7pm, with build-up from 6pm

Last Updated: 11/11/22 4:54pm

Sergio Perez topped first practice at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

Sergio Perez edged out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to top an extremely tight Sao Paulo Grand Prix first practice ahead of Qualifying later on Friday in Brazil.

Perez and world champion Verstappen, who is seeking a record-extending 15th victory of the season, appeared to be in a league of their own for much of the session, but Ferrari produced a late show of speed to set the stage for Qualifying, which takes place on Friday ahead of the final Sprint of the season on Saturday.

Carlos Sainz, who will take a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race after taking a new engine part, was fourth for Ferrari, with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell fifth and sixth, respectively.

Mercedes appeared to be slightly off the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari, but with clouds gathering over the circuit and rain forecast to arrive during Qualifying, Hamilton may retain hopes of claiming a first pole of the season.

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