Hamilton fastest in 1st practice at US Grand Prix
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Defending champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest lap of Friday's first practice at the U.S. Grand Prix as he seeks to make a late charge at Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the championship chase.
Hamilton's fastest lap was in 1 minute, 37.428 seconds. Rosberg was second, 0.315 seconds behind.
Hamilton trails Rosberg by 33 points in the points standings heading into the final four races. That almost puts Hamilton in a must-win situation if he wants to have a realistic chance of retaining his title.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third at 1:39.379
Rosberg started from the pole in Texas in each of the last two years only to see Hamilton win. Hamilton's 2015 victory clinched his second consecutive Formula One championship.