GP Messico, prove libere venerdì–27/10/2017
Mexican GP FP2: Daniel Ricciardo fastest for Red Bull
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix.
The Australian first hit the top of the timesheets early in the 90-minute session with his pace on soft Pirellis, shading team-mate Max Verstappen.
But with first Valtteri Bottas and then Lewis Hamilton switching to ultra-softs and going fastest shortly after the 30-minute mark, Ricciardo was shuffled down to third.
Ricciardo then took to the track on ultra-softs, posting a 1m17.801s lap to reclaim top spot.
Hamilton ended the session second with a lap 0.131s slower than Ricciardo having improved on his second serious flier on ultra-softs.
The Mercedes driver earlier spun at Turn 11, ending up in the runoff area of the quick left-hander, but did not sustain any damage.
His pace was enough to put him just ahead of Verstappen, who was just 0.032s slower. His running was subsequently cut short as a precaution thanks to high oil consumption.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel’s session was briefly interrupted when his car’s fire extinguisher went off, sending him back to the pits for a change of overalls.
When he returned to the track, he suffered an off-track moment at Turn 11 before setting a time good enough for fourth fastest at the halfway mark.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was fifth fastest having briefly held second place behind Hamilton when he set his time before being shuffled back down.
Bottas, who set the pace in the morning session, was sixth and half-a-second off Ricciardo having complained of having significantly less grip than before.
Fernando Alonso, who was briefly fastest early on, delayed his ultra-soft run until there were 35 minutes remaining to set the seventh fastest time.
That relegated Force India’s Sergio Perez to eighth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon, the latter having sat out the first session to allow Alfonso Celis Jr some running.
On his second grand prix appearance, Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley split the two Williams machines in 13th place.
Hartley later spun in the middle of the Turn 6 hairpin, but was able to continue.
McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne was 15th after missing most of the first session and then losing time early in the afternoon thanks to a loose wheel.
Pierre Gasly was 19th in the second Toro Rosso, having missed FP1 for Sean Gelael on his return to F1 after missing the United States Grand Prix. He was only able to complete 10 laps.
Romain Grosjean caused an early red flag when he spun exiting the final right-hander at Turn 17 just after the three-minute mark.
Although he kept the Haas-Ferrari out of the wall and rejoined, he then suffered a delamination of the left-rear tyre while on the main straight.
This led to bodywork damage and a nine-minute red flag while marshals cleared the debris from the track.
He did not return to the track, meaning he was 7.725s off the pace having only set one lap time early on.
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.801s||26|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.163s||17|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||0.927s||41|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1.021s||42|
|13||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||1.622s||40|
|19||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Renault||3.944s||10|
Mexican GP FP1: Valtteri Bottas leads Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes 1-2
Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in the opening practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix.
Bottas clocked a 1m17.824s on the ultra-softs to finish 0.466s clear of Hamilton, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a further tenth adrift in third.
Bottas set the early pace on the super-softs, clocking a 1m19.614s, only to be deposed by Verstappen on the softs by half a tenth.
Hamilton moved to the top of the order briefly before Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to dip under 1m19s with a 1m18.824s on the super-softs.
Mercedes then turned its attention to the ultra-softs, with Bottas going quickest with a 1m17.824s and following that up with a second lap just 0.012s slower.
Hamilton was 0.789s off on his first run on the ultra-softs, losing time in the final sector.
Next time around, the championship leader had a slow middle sector, but closed the gap to just under half a second.
Ferrari and Red Bull opted not to run the ultra-soft tyres, saving them for the second session, and instead did their running on either the super-soft or soft.
Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest, 0.026s slower than Red Bull team-mate Verstappen, with Vettel the leading Ferrari in fifth.
Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, four tenths slower than Vettel, with Sergio Perez using the ultra-softs to end the session seventh in front of his home crowd.
There was frustration for the other Force India when Alfonso Celis Jr crashed at the final corner to bring out the red flag.
Celis, who was borrowing Esteban Ocon’s car for FP1, lost the rear on entry to the final corner and hit the wall on the outside, breaking the rear wing.
Fernando Alonso, who will take a 20-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race after engine component changes, was eighth with Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.
Kevin Magnussen spent most of the session in the garage after his Haas team discovered a water leak but got out in the closing minutes to clock the 13th fastest time.
Pascal Wehrlein, who has yet to secure a seat for next season, was 14th quickest, ahead of both Toro Rosso drivers and half a second ahead of team-mate Charles Leclerc, who was stepping in for Marcus Ericsson.
Brendon Hartley stopped out on track reporting an engine problem and though he managed to get his Toro Rosso going again to return to the pits, he didn’t complete any further running.
He was 18th fastest, a tenth adrift of Sean Gelael, who was standing in for Pierre Gasly for this session.
Stoffel Vandoorne failed to set a time after Honda detected a potential issue in his engine data.
It came after Honda completed a full engine change ahead of the session in a bid to have relatively fresh elements for the final two races of the season.
When Honda detected the problem during FP1, it decided to revert to an older specification from Vandoorne’s pool, which means no further penalty, while it investigates the issue.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||0.571s||16|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||0.597s||28|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1.416s||21|
|17||Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso/Renault||3.815s||29|
|18||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Renault||3.923s||10|
|19||Alfonso Celis||Force India/Mercedes||4.518s||17|