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Vettel and Hamilton top tight Mexican GP practice running

Mat Coch

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Saturday 26th October, 2019 - 9:43am

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World champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton shared the honours after they each topped the Friday practice sessions for the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton headed the day’s early 90-minute hit out by a tenth of a second over Charles Leclerc, before Vettel ended the day on top at the conclusion of Practice 2.

Vettel rose to the top of the timesheets early in the second session, leading a Ferrari one-two for a time as Leclerc held down second, a quarter of a second back.

Hamilton and Max Verstappen improved midway through the session, the leading runners having all used medium compound tyres before switching their focus to qualifying simulations.

Vettel remained fastest as times tumbled with Verstappen moving up to second best with his 1:16.722s just over a tenth down on the lead Ferrari.

Leclerc then followed from Bottas and Hamilton ahead the Toro Rosso duo of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly.

The Top 10 was rounded out by Carlos Sainz, Nick Hulkenberg, and Lando Norris, with Daniel Ricciardo only 13th.

An 18-minute delay mid-session broke up proceedings when Alex Albon lost control at Turn 7, tagging the wall with both the front and rear of his Red Bull to draw the red flag.

Leclerc also had a spin in the same area of the circuit, though the Ferrari driver was about to keep it out of the fence and carry on to set the third best time of the session.

A number of other drivers also had moments, including Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz, and Kevin Magnussen, though none as serious as Albon’s.

The Thai-British driver ended Practice 2 slowest with just five laps to his name, while team-mate Verstappen racked up 37 laps and the second best time of the day.

Earlier, Hamilton had topped opening practice with a 1:17.327s to head Leclerc, Verstappen, and Albon.

Bottas was fifth fastest from Vettel, Sainz, Gasly, Kvyat, and Antonio Giovnazzi.

The session had started damp owing to overnight rain, with installation laps set on intermediate tyres before conditions improved.

Lance Stroll had a moment coming out of the stadium section, drawing a brief red flag so barriers could be repaired, though the Canadian was able to drive his Racing Point back to the pits.

That triggered a final flurry of activity, which again saw Stroll among the action as Vettel found himself caught in heavy traffic as he attempted to start his final lap.

Practice in Mexico continues on Saturday with Practice 3, coverage to start from 0200 AEDT on Sunday morning ahead of qualifying at 0500.

Results: Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, Practice 2

Pos Num Driver Team Time Diff
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.607
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 1:16.722 +0.115s
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.072 +0.465s
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.221 +0.614s
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.570 +0.963s
6 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda 1:17.747 +1.140s
7 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.003 +1.396s
8 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:18.079 +1.472s
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.261 +1.654s
10 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:18.349 +1.742s
11 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 1:18.362 +1.755s
12 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 1:18.366 +1.759s
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:18.380 +1.773s
14 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:18.681 +2.074s
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.766 +2.159s
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:18.889 +2.282s
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.306 +2.699s
18 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:19.968 +3.361s
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:20.180 +3.573s
20 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Honda 1:21.665 +5.058s

Results: Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, Practice 1

Pos Num Driver Team Time Diff
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.327
2 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.446 +0.119s
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 1:17.461 +0.134s
4 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Honda 1:17.949 +0.622s
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.005 +0.678s
6 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.218 +0.891s
7 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:18.401 +1.074s
8 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.593 +1.266s
9 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda 1:18.835 +1.508s
10 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:18.959 +1.632s
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:19.011 +1.684s
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.013 +1.686s
13 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 1:19.205 +1.878s
14 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:19.299 +1.972s
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:19.499 +2.172s
16 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 1:19.679 +2.352s
17 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 1:19.717 +2.390s
18 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:19.850 +2.523s
19 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:20.548 +3.221s
20 40 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:21.566 +4.239s

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