AUSTIN (Texas) -- Sergio Perez won Formula One's final practice before qualifying for Saturday's U.S. Grand Prix. Despite a heated exchange between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, it was an orderly session.
Hamilton leads Verstappen by six points in the championship. He was also third in the session. Perez and Verstappen showed that Red Bull is ready for competition at the Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton was sixth in the speed chart, ahead of qualifying, but Hamilton has been dominant on the permanent road course. Mercedes and Hamilton have won the race.
Hamilton and Verstappen were at odds in practice Friday when Verstappen made a sarcastic gesture at Hamilton and called him "stupid idiot" while they raced down the starting grid.
Since 2012, Hamilton has won the U.S. Grand Prix in COTA five times. In 2019, his Mercedes Mercedes teammate Valtteri bottas won. Last year's coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the race.
Alpine stated that it had modified the power unit for Fernando Alonso before practice following Friday's failure. Alonso will start Sunday’s race at the rear of the grid.