Red Bull’s Verstappen tops Brazilian GP first practice

SAO PAULO (AP) — Red Bull driver Max Verstappen clocked the fastest lap of the first practice at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen was 0.049 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

Newly crowned champion Lewis Hamilton was third, 0.096 seconds behind at Interlagos.

Practice was run under cloudy weather. Rain is expected during qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth, and will want to be as high as possible in qualifying because he faces a five-place grid drop after replacing his turbocharger for the sixth time this season.

The Australian, who started from pole position in Mexico two weeks ago, also started from the back in Italy and Russia because of penalties.

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