Vettel shades Hamilton in Mexico practice

Sebastien Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has set the pace in Practice 2 for the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Vettel recorded a 1:19.79s best on super soft tyres as he topped Lewis Hamilton’s best lap by .004s.

Hamilton had a scrappy run, going off the circuit a couple of times before settling second after being the pacesetter in Practice 1.

The world champion’s team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg was third fastest, .43s off Vettel’s benchmark while Kimi Raikkonen was fourth best.

Daniel Ricciardo described the conditions as tricky on a low grip surface before finishing fifth quickest ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen was seventh ahead of Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso 10th.

Daniil Kvyat was forced to stop in the entry to the pit lane in the closing seconds of Practice 2, shutting down his smoking Toro Rosso after losing power. Kvyat was 11th fastest.

Vettel, however, remains guarded about Ferrari’s promising opening to the weekend, believing Hamilton can extracted more pace from the Mercedes.

“I think Lewis’ lap didn’t look particularly good and I think he has a little bit more in his pocket,” Vettel said.

“We have to be a bit more realistic. If its like this tomorrow (qualifying) we will take it for sure.”

Verstappen’s run in Practice 1 was cut to just 10 laps after his brakes caught fire midway through the session.

Rosberg was seventh in the opening session after making use of the medium compound tyres.

Practice 2

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:19.79s 47
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.004 37
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.43 46
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.46 37
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.65 43
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 0.78 43
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 0.82 42
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 0.83 41
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1.18 46
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1.21 25
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1.40 39
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1.40 39
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.53 45
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1.65 39
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1.78 41
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1.99 44
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 2.19 42
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.20 42
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.24 43
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 2.31 14
21 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 2.50 44
22 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 2.61 33

Practice 1

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.91s 34
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.07 23
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.15 19
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 0.28 23
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 0.49 23
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 0.53 34
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.75 32
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.81 27
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 0.92 31
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1.30 29
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1.58 21
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1.64 32
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1.80 17
14 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1.96 10
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1.99 23
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2.17 25
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.17 12
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.42 24
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 2.64 32
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 3.16 30
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault 3.18 35
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 3.43 28

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