But Hamilton has refused to give up hope of retaining the lead of the championship race in his quest to become the first British driver to win four world titles.
Ferrari's engineers, both at the track and back at the factory in Maranello, had run through numerous set-ups, as test driver Charles Leclerc (who is set to win this year's Formula 2 title and will race for Sauber in F1 in 2018) undertook countless runs in the simulator.
But Verstappen was told to return to the pits slowly after reporting that the auto was "shifting by itself" while Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo clipped the wall, forcing him to back out of his final attempt a low-fuel run. "We are still not where Ferrari or Mercedes is".
Vettel had struggled considerably during second practice session, placing only 11th under the sticky floodlights.
"Today's Friday, we tried various options, different tyres but, come Sunday, we'll know what we want".
"Tomorrow is a long race, these guys are very quick, we had a hard night yesterday, better night today". There was smoke on Kvyat's Toro Rosso as he came into the pits, meanwhile, Verstappen had now taken the top spot. Perhaps there was a bit of time in the last sector to find but in general I am very pleased with how the vehicle and I performed. His teammate Stoffel Vandoorne is ninth and Carlos Sainz rounds out the top 10.
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That's because Florida's last game was a drubbing at the expense of the Michigan Wolverines at AT&T Stadium two weekends ago. Defensively, Florida football yields 33.0 points and 433.0 total yards (218.0 in passing and 215.0 in rushing) per game.
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Running back Ty Isaac does have nine carries for 61 rushing yards, but MI is now being outrushed as a team by the Falcons. Cleveland got past safety Tyree Kinnel, caught Worthman's toss at midfield and raced to the end zone on the 64-yard play.
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The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett to Root at mid-off. "It's really disappointing. The hosts needed 26 off the last over and Brathwaite, fittingly, ended the match when he bowled Liam Plunkett.