GP Messico, prove libere venerdì–28/10/2016
Mexican GP practice: Vettel faster than Hamilton by 0.004s in FP2
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel claimed top spot in the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix by just four-thousandths of a second.
Vettel bolted on super-soft tyres after completing six laps on the mediums early on, setting the fastest time of 1m19.790s 26 minutes into the session.
This relegated Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who had established himself on top of the timesheets early on with his run on soft rubber before heading for the pits after an off at Turn 1 after which he declared the tyres were "completely done", to second.
Hamilton then improved on his run on super-softs, but despite twice setting quick laps he couldn’t quite overhaul Vettel.
His best laptime was set on rubber two laps older than that of Vettel, but he also set a time 13-thousandths of a second slower than the Ferrari driver with comparable tyre life.
Hamilton later had a brief off in the baseball stadium section while on a long run on super-softs, although it resulted only in him cutting the track at Turn 13 before heading to the pits.
Nico Rosberg was third fastest, 0.435s off the pace and 0.034s faster than Kimi Raikkonen, having done his initial work on the medium-compound Pirellis and, like Hamilton, having an off at Turn 1 early on after a big lockup.
Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest for Red Bull, later complaining about graining on his long run on super-softs, but behind him was arguably the most eye-catching performance of the session as Nico Hulkenberg was the only driver to get into the top 10 using the slower soft compound.
The German’s lap was 0.784s off the pace, which was enough to split the Red Bulls and condemn Max Verstappen to seventh – the Dutchman later complaining that his steering wheel wasn’t straight and that his left-rear tyre had "completely gone" while on a long run.
Valtteri Bottas set a time good enough for eighth with 50 minutes to go using super-softs.
Carlos Sainz Jr, who briefly ran second fastest early in the session, was ninth ahead of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso with both drivers setting their times on super-softs.
Alonso’s session came to an end after only 25 laps, with the Spaniard not returning to the track after ending his long run on super-softs with over 20 minutes remaining.
Daniil Kvyat was 11th ahead of Jenson Button, the Toro Rosso driver ending the session parked up and out of the smoking car after being instructed to stop just as the chequered flag was shown.
With track temperatures higher than this morning’s session, in the 32-35C bracket, many drivers had offs in the first part of the session as they adapted to the available grip levels.
Felipe Massa had a spin at Turn 6 early in the session, ending up down in 13th place ahead of the lead Renault of Kevin Magnussen.
Sergio Perez was another to rotate early on, this time at Turn 5, but unlike team-mate Hulkenberg he couldn’t break into the top 10 on soft rubber and was only 15th.
Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein was a solid 17th fastest, just behind Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, although he was caught out later on in the session when he had a brief off at Turn 8 with just two minutes remaining.
Sauber driver Felipe Nasr also spun at Turn 6, ending up 19th and four-hundredths behind team-mate Marcus Ericsson.
Romain Grosjean hit electrical trouble while on his outlap and spent much of the session in the garage and wasn’t able to set a time until there were 23 minutes remaining.
Using super-soft rubber, his lap was good enough for 20th fastest, relegating Haas team-mate Esteban Gutierrez to last place.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.658s||43|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||0.784s||43|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.829s||42|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.184s||46|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.403s||39|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.789s||41|
Mexican GP practice: Lewis Hamilton fastest ahead of Ferraris
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first practice session ahead of Formula 1’s Mexican Grand Prix.
After setting the pace early on with a lap of 1m21.936s, last weekend’s US Grand Prix winner continued to steadily improve around the dusty, cold and low-grip F1 track, located in the heart of Mexico City.
The reigning champion eventually put together a 1m20.914s on the medium-compound tyre, a time 0.169s quicker than the best across all of the free practice sessions a year ago, on F1’s return to Mexico.
Hamilton was not quickest in any of the three sectors, however, as Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari was fastest in the first and second, with home hero Sergio Perez the best in the final part of the track.
Vettel’s leading sector times came on different laps, though, resulting in him finishing second to Hamilton by 0.079s on a soft-tyre run.
After sitting out the early part of the session, Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest on softs, finishing 0.158s adrift, with Perez’s super-soft-shod Force India fourth and almost three tenths of a second down on the Ferrari.
The second Force India of Nico Hulkenberg was fifth on super-softs, ahead of Williams’s Valtteri Bottas, on soft tyres. Both were around half a second off the pace.
Championship leader Nico Rosberg found himself down in seventh in the other Mercedes, 0.759s off the pace using medium tyres.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams driver Felipe Massa were the only other two to lap within a second of Hamilton, in eighth and ninth, with Daniil Kvyat completing the top 10 for Toro Rosso, but 1.3s back.
Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen was only 14th, with his session cut short by a brake fire when he returned to the pits just past the midway point.
The session was also red-flagged 32 minutes in, when the front wing of Felipe Nasr’s Sauber exploded, showering the track with carbon fibre shards.
Nasr had run wide across the exit kerb coming out of the esses section of the circuit, which dislodged the wing before parts of it then broke.
The Brazilian was able to return to the track late on, elevating himself to 17th on the timesheet, just over two seconds back.
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||0.286s||23|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||0.495s||23|
|8||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.813s||27|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.301s||29|
|12||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1.649s||32|
|14||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1.963s||10|