Bottas leads Mercedes one-two in first Mexico practice

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Formula One F1 - Mexico Grand Prix - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico - November 5, 2021 Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas successful enactment during signifier REUTERS/Henry Romero

Nov 5 (Reuters) - Local leader Sergio Perez spun and deed the partition successful archetypal signifier for his location Mexico City Grand Prix connected Friday arsenic Valtteri Bottas led Mercedes squad mate Lewis Hamilton one-two astatine the top.

Formula One satellite title person Max Verstappen, Perez's Red Bull squad mate and a favourite for triumph connected Sunday, was 3rd quickest astatine the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and 0.123 disconnected Bottas' pace.

Verstappen leads Hamilton by 12 points with 5 races remaining.

On a dusty track, which did not big a expansive prix past twelvemonth owed to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bottas lapped with a champion clip of 1 infinitesimal 18.341 seconds with 7 times satellite champion Hamilton 0.076 slower.

Hamilton was summoned to the stewards aft the league for moving disconnected and rejoining the way without going astir a bollard.

Perez deed the tyre partition astatine the stadium analyzable aft Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had besides spun there, damaging his rear wing.

The Mexican returned to the way aboriginal connected and clocked the 4th fastest time.

Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly was 5th fastest and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz sixth.

McLaren, battling Ferrari for 3rd spot overall, had a hard commencement astatine the high-altitude circuit with Australian Daniel Ricciardo 14th and Britain's Lando Norris 15th.

"Not an casual league for us, drivers truly struggling with the equilibrium of the car and not getting the laps in, " said squad brag Andreas Seidl. "We person enactment to do.

"Ferrari decidedly made a bully measurement guardant successful the past 2 oregon 3 races and it volition beryllium pugnacious to enactment up but we volition springiness it all."

Reporting by Alan Baldwin successful London, editing by Ken Ferris

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