George Russell led the way in final practice for the Las Vegas Grand Prix as the session ended prematurely due to a red flag caused by Alex Albon.
After a disappointing performance on Friday, Mercedes bounced back with impressive speed, especially with Russell behind the wheel, setting the fastest time of the day before qualifying. Russell’s time of 1m34.093s put him ahead of Oscar Piastri by just under four-tenths of a second. Despite a red flag in the session, Russell remained at the top. Alex Albon had an unfortunate incident, hitting the barrier with his Williams and damaging the car, resulting in him driving with only three wheels. The session ended early due to Albon’s halt, preventing Ferrari and Red Bull from showing their best times. Russell led the way, followed by Piastri and Logan Sargeant in the top three. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were fourth and fifth, respectively. Albon’s impressive performance put him in sixth, just ahead of Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton struggled and secured the eighth spot, narrowly beating his former Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10 for Haas.