Max Verstappen says Ferrari are "miles ahead" as he continues to play down his chances of securing a third Mexican Grand Prix victory in succession this weekend.
Ferrari looked on the pace right from the off at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Friday practice, although Verstappen managed to split Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc in one-lap pace in FP2.
The Dutchman was just a tenth adrift of Vettel's headline time, but the Scuderia will be expected to turn their mighty engines all the way up for qualifying, having taken pole position in each of the five races since racing resumed after the summer break.
Verstappen and then-Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo locked out the front row in Mexico a year ago, but the Dutchman expects it to be filled with red this time.
"I don't think in qualifying we can fight with them – they're just too quick," Verstappen said of the Ferrari pair.
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