Mexican Grand Prix FP2 Results Summary
Everyone seems to be struggling this session as most teams have atleast one driver who had a spin. Ferrari look the best on their quali sims with Verstappen splitting the Scuderia. Mercedes drivers Hamilton & Bottas both struggle through their session at the Mexico Grand Prix with the rest of the grid following suit.
Ferrari look “comfortably” ahead on quali sims and appear to be favorites for pole. The quotes on comfortable are meant to capture their speed and gap advantage but neither cars looked on rails. Ferrari themselves don’t seem to be immune to the session woes despite their drivers being a top the timing charts split by the back to back grand prix champion in Max Verstappen. Vettel had his spin early in FP2 with Charles Leclerc, who currently sits third going into day 2, had two spins of his own.
The elevation killed the compound grip which is going to make for an interesting race come Sunday. We alluded to the Mexican Grand Prix tyre selection proving that we’re up for a strategic race with Red Bull taking the most of the soft C4’s and happy to see this play out. Speaking of Red Bull, it was Alex Albon who went into the wall hard in FP2. We saw something similar with Albon at the Russia Grand Prix FP2 where he took the inside apex of a tight turn too hot – this time it was a flick left.
It doesn’t look like Hamilton will clench his 6th straight drivers title in Mexico barring a Valtteri melt down. Similar to last year we see Ferrari and Red Bull own the first two sectors with the third being a toss up. Mercedes couldn’t compete in any of the sectors and put Lewis Hamilton in P5.
Mexican Grand Prix FP2 Best Of The Rest Strong Run
The best of the race are bleeding more and more into the top team’s pace with both the Toro Tosso’s in hot pursuit of Hamilton. One false move tomorrow and we could see a promotion of Kvyat or Gasly as both look on it in FP2. Carlos Sainz, Mr. Smooth Operator himself, continues to be reliable ends P8 him teammate pulling a respectiable P10. While these rookies like Norris and Albon get looks at these circuits sometimes in other series events, it’s always impressive to see them hop in an Formula 1 car and run this well. Albon look especially strong before his shunt so I expect a massive return & charge should he need to replace that gear box similar to his first SPA charge and also his Sochi charge from pit lane.
Hulkenberg split the McLaren boys and Stroll came back strong from his issue in FP1. Hometown hero Sergio Perez followed his Canadian teammate closely in P12 hoping to have a better showing than last year’s DNF. The Alfa Romeo pilots in Antonio Giovinazzi and Raikkonen weren’t particularly strong as former glory of Kimi continues to fade. Haas massively struggle at altitude despite straight line speed being decent. They really have a lot of work to do if they want to configure their aero package for 2020 as these technical tracks that result in high tyre deg are thorns in their sides.
Last but certainly not least we see a return of George Russell who sat out when Nicholas Latifi took his seat in the Mexican Grand Prix FP1 session. Expect to see Latifi drive FP1 in the next two races as well as part of Williams regular programme they planned to get a good look at the FP2 standout. Bringing up the rear is Kubica who is set to leave. Rumors have him being highly considered as a simulator driver for Haas – personally, I think he’d excel in that role and it’s exactly what Haas need to develop that car.
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