However, the evening is set to be all about Verstappen and his mission to secure the title.
Verstappen knows that he only needs three points from this evening’s Sprint race to put the cherry on top of what has been an exceptional season for him and Red Bull, and barring any disasters, that now looks increasingly likely.
And that they did, both looking quick and securing a locked-out front row for McLaren. Following the session, Norris admitted that he was disappointed not to have beaten his team-mate's 1:24.454s and will undoubtedly look to claim victory in the race.
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