Rosberg leads Mercedes one-two in final Mexican GP practice

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Nico Rosberg continued his strong form from Friday by setting the pace once again in the third and final practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday morning.

Rosberg saw his hopes of winning a maiden Formula 1 world championship end in Austin last weekend, but does not appear to be dwelling on it too much as he goes in search of a first win since the Austrian Grand Prix in June on Sunday.

The German driver produced a fastest lap time of 1:21.083 to beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by less than one-tenth of a second as the drivers continued to get to grips with the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

Mercedes did not enjoy the sizeable advantage that it has for most of the season so far in FP3 as the top five drivers were separated by less than half a second, with the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat finishing third and fifth respectively.

Sebastian Vettel led Ferrari’s charge in P4, but teammate Kimi Raikkonen looks set to receive another engine penalty after a small fire broke out on the rear of his car during FP3, forcing him to bring his session to an early end.

Sergio Perez continued to delight his home fans by charging to sixth place in final practice, finishing ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. Felipe Massa ended FP3 ninth, edging out Nico Hulkenberg, who rounded out the top ten for Force India.

Qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 3pm ET on Saturday.