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Mercedes’ George Russell set the pace in a final practice session that left plenty undiscovered before qualifying at the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

The session was brought to a premature close after Alex Albon hit the wall in his Williams at Turn Four, breaking his right-rear corner and leaving a tire detached.

The incident meant a number of drivers did not complete their runs – including Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who has looked the pace-setter over one lap so far.

Russell finished up 0.398 seconds faster than McLaren’s in second, and the Williams of Logan Sargeant a surprising third.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were fourth and fifth fastest ahead of Albon.

Lewis Hamilton was only eighth fastest and sounding perplexed on the radio as to his 0.760secs gap to Russell. Lando Norris was 11th in the McLaren.

Albon’s accident was the first time any driver had crashed on the new high-speed Las Vegas street track.

There were no further problems with the track, after the loose drain that caused the first session on Thursday to be stopped after nine minutes of running and then a delay of two and a half hours to the second.

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