F1 – Verstappen Sets The Pace In Second Practice In Mexico City

F1 – Verstappen Sets The Pace In Second Practice In Mexico City

Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen went quickest in the second practice session for the Mexico City Grand Prix, beating Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton by more than four tenths of a second.

Red Bull driver Verstappen was quick out of the blocks in the afternoon session at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez topping the times during the early phase of the session largely run on medium compound tyres, seven tenths of a second ahead of seond-placed team-mate Sergio Pérez.

And when the field switched to soft tyres for their qualifying simulations, Verstappen was similarly in control. He posted a time 1:17.301 midway through the session and his opening flying lap stood as the session’s best through to the chequered flag.

He finished 0.424 seconds ahead of Bottas who used a second run on soft tyres to leapfrog Hamilton who ended the session over a half a second off Verstappen’s pace.

Pérez have his home fans something to cheer with fourth place, just six hundredths of a second behind Hamilton.

After finishing sixth and eighth in the morning session, Ferrari gained ground in the afternoon with Carlos Sainz finishing in fifth place just over a tenths of a second ahead of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly. Sainz finished three tenths of a second clear of Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc who took seventh place. Ferrari’s progress was, however, marred by Leclerc telling his team that he was “struggling so much with the engine issues”.

Eight place in the session went to Yuki Tsunoda in the second AlphaTauri. However, the Japanese driver will start the race from the back after confirming earlier in the day that he will take engine penalties this weekend. Sebastian Vettel took ninth for Aston Martin, while Fernando Alonso closed out the top 10 for Alpine.

Eleventh place in the session went to Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen, with Lando Norris in 12th place for McLaren on a difficult day for the Mercedes-powered team. Teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished 15th, but managed only seven laps due to a gearbox problem.

There was a gearbox issue too for Williams’ George Russell who only completed two untimed laps in the session before heading back to the pit lane.

2021 FIA Formula 1 Mexico City Grand Prix – Free Practice 2
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1:17.301 28 200.442
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.725 0.424 31 199.348
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.810 0.509 26 199.131
4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda 1:17.871 0.570 26 198.975
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:18.318 1.017 29 197.839
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1:18.429 1.128 29 197.559
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.605 1.304 28 197.117
8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda 1:18.644 1.343 31 197.019
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:18.681 1.380 32 196.926
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine/Renault 1:18.732 1.431 27 196.799
11 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:18.841 1.540 25 196.527
12 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1:18.979 1.678 27 196.183
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:19.227 1.926 31 195.569
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1:19.431 2.130 37 195.067
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren/Mercedes 1:19.521 2.220 7 194.846
16 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 1:19.620 2.319 30 194.604
17 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:19.730 2.429 36 194.335
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 1:20.820 3.519 17 191.714
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas/Ferrari 1:21.581 4.280 28 189.926
20 George Russell Williams/Mercedes  2

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