Red Bull 1-2 in first practice at Mexican Grand Prix

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo went 1-2 to top the first practice session Friday at the Mexican Grand Prix, where Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton can secure the season championship this weekend.

The Red Bull cars figure to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari for the win Sunday. Verstappen is the defending race champion and timed his best lap of 1 minute, 16.656 seconds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Ricciardo was 0.483 seconds back. Hamilton can win his fifth career title if he finishes no lower than seventh. He was fifth in the opening practice.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who must win if he hopes to push the championship to the next race in Brazil, was seventh.

Friday’s sunny skies might be the best weather of the weekend as forecasts show potential for rain and thunderstorms in the area.