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    Sainz beats Leclerc as Ferrari duo top opening practice

    MEXICO CITY (AFP) – George Russell topped the times for Mercedes after Charles Leclerc crashed his Ferrari during Friday’s second practice at the Mexico Formula One Grand Prix.

    Russell offered a hint of Mercedes’ potential with a strong performance in a session devoted to tyre testing, in changeable conditions, while Leclerc, unhurt, was left to watch from the Ferrari garage.

    The 24-year-old Briton took advantage of a chance to shine as one of only a few drivers permitted to run on 2022 tyres and clocked a best lap in one minute and 19.970 seconds on softs.

    This lifted him eight-tenths of a second clear of Yuki Tsunoda in his Alpha Tauri and Esteban Ocon of Alpine, both also allowed to use half the session to work on set-up with regular tyres after handing their cars to guest rookies for the opening practice.

    Russell’s Mercedes teammate, seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, was fourth-quickest in a session interrupted by two red flags.

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