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Mexican GP: Nico Rosberg leads the Red Bulls in F1 practice two

Nico Rosberg finished Friday practice for Formula 1’s first Mexican Grand Prix in 23 years by comfortably topping the times.

On a soft-tyre run in the second session at the Mexico City track, Mercedes driver Rosberg was quickest with a lap of 1m21.531s.

Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were second and third on a circuit that appears to suit Red Bull, finishing 0.245 seconds and 0.337s adrift respectively.

Newly-crowned three-time champion Lewis Hamilton could only manage fourth, 0.430s behind team-mate Rosberg, although his attempts to set quicker laps were often thwarted by traffic.

As per the first session, the opening half-hour was dominated by a number of spins and incidents.

After leading the way in first practice – albeit controversially so – Max Verstappen’s second practice was over inside five minutes, with the 17-year-old sliding into a barrier out of the exit of Turn 16, one of the slower sections of the track.

It brought out the red flags while his Toro Rosso was recovered and started a series of spins and slides for a number of drivers on the very slippery asphalt.

Poor weather conditions in recent months in Mexico City delayed the laying of the top layer of the circuit, and with it still being so new and with oils forcing their way to the surface, it resulted in plenty of action.

After a seven-minute delay under the red flags, Valtteri Bottas was the next to suffer as he lost his Williams under braking at high speed into Turn 1, with the Finn fortunate to only escape with losing his front wing after clipping a barrier.

Turn 1 proved to be particularly troublesome, with Carlos Sainz Jr, home hero Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado all going off track at that point.

Sebastian Vettel only just held onto his Ferrari on entry to the pitlane at one stage, while Hamilton spun out of the sharp-left Turn 4, resulting in him facing the wrong way.

With 28 minutes remaining Romain Grosjean became the second retiree of the session, pulling his Lotus off on to the grass at Turn 10 due to a clutch problem, resulting in a second red-flag period as he helped the marshals push his car behind a barrier.

Vettel ended the session fifth overall, a fraction of second behind Hamilton, with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen the only other driver to finish within a second of Rosberg, 0.868s adrift.

Bottas, who also took out the bollard late on that separates the pitlane entry point from the track, was seventh, just over a second back, followed by McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

Button spent the opening 45 minutes in the garage due to a deployment issue in the wake of a planned second Honda engine change that means he is hit with a 50-place grid penalty for Sunday.

Felipe Massa completed the top 10, 1.758s down, before a late sprinkling of rain that added to the slippery conditions led to a run on intermediate rubber for a number of drivers to close out the session.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m21.531s 36
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m21.776s 0.245s 27
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m21.868s 0.337s 28
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.961s 0.430s 33
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.984s 0.453s 32
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.399s 0.868s 33
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m22.721s 1.190s 28
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m22.993s 1.462s 36
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m23.109s 1.578s 25
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.289s 1.758s 32
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m23.290s 1.759s 34
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m23.363s 1.832s 24
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m23.364s 1.833s 41
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.430s 1.899s 39
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m23.597s 2.066s 33
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m23.614s 2.083s 26
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.533s 3.002s 34
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m25.940s 4.409s 29
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m26.968s 5.437s 28
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 2

Da Autosport.com

Mexican GP: Max Verstappen quickest in practice one for Toro Rosso

Max Verstappen set the pace for Toro Rosso in practice one as Formula 1 began its first Mexican Grand Prix weekend in 23 years.

The teenager clocked a 1m25.990s late in the session as the track conditions improved to finish 0.305 seconds clear of Daniil Kvyat’s Red Bull, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third.

Verstappen’s time raised eyebrows in the pitlane as he had gone off course in the esses section on the way to setting the fastest time, cutting across the run-off area at the second part of the corner after a mistake on the way in.

Drivers started the session on the intermediates after overnight rain in Mexico City left the circuit damp in places.

Conditions were tricky due to the combination of a wet track and freshly laid asphalt, with Sebastian Vettel reporting it was "ridiculously slippery".

Valtteri Bottas set the early pace for Williams, clocking a 1m31.868s, before the field started to make the switch to the medium tyres after half an hour.

Despite the track drying out, the circuit remained tricky – with several drivers running off, particularly at Turns 8 and 10.

Nico Rosberg moved into first place, but then skated off track at the entrance to the stadium with smoke pouring from the rear wheels and flames around his brakes.

The German recovered to the pits, where Mercedes worked on a fix to aid cooling and got him out for the final minutes of the session.

The Mexico City track is located 2220 metres above sea level, which means the air is thinner and in turn puts pressure on brake and engine cooling.

Rosberg was eventually demoted to sixth, behind Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, and ahead of Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Driving on home soil, Sergio Perez drew huge cheers from a decent crowd on Friday and finished ninth, with Felipe Massa completing the top 10.

Newly-crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton clocked up 27 laps, 10 fewer than Sainz who completed the most, but set his best time early in the session. That left him 11th.

Jolyon Palmer, who will contest all the remaining Friday morning practice sessions this season ahead of his race debut with Lotus next year, was 15th, two tenths slower than team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

Jenson Button completed just nine laps before parking his McLaren in the garage so the team could complete a scheduled engine change, his second of the weekend and one that will cause him to take a 50-place grid penalty.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m25.990s 38
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m26.295s 0.305s 27
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.295s 0.305s 36
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.886s 0.896s 31
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m27.185s 1.195s 28
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m27.196s 1.206s 19
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m27.303s 1.313s 26
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.410s 1.420s 37
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m27.581s 1.591s 19
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m27.695s 1.705s 24
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m27.723s 1.733s 27
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.498s 2.508s 27
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.559s 2.569s 30
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m28.579s 2.589s 25
15 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m28.711s 2.721s 24
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m29.099s 3.109s 17
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.072s 4.082s 17
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m30.619s 4.629s 23
19 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m32.091s 6.101s 9
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m32.866s 6.876s 11

Da Autosport.com


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