F1: Mexican Grand Prix Results & Times from Friday’s Practice
MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday’s opening practice for the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico 2016, as low temperatures and low grip dominated proceedings around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Mr. Hamilton’s best time set on the medium Pirelli tires was just 0.079secs better than Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) recorded on the soft rubber.
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Kimi Raikkonen consolidated a strong start to the weekend for The Scuderia in 3rd, also on the soft tires, while Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg used the supersofts to go 4th and 5th respectively.
Valtteri Bottas was 6th for Williams on softs, ahead of championship leader Nico Rosberg, who clocked his best lap on the mediums. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Williams’ Felipe Massa and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat all on softs completed the Top 10.
Everyone struggled with a dirty surface and unexpectedly low track and ambient temperatures. The former peaked at 26 degrees Celsius, the latter at 13.
Once Manor’s Esteban Ocon and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso had made the early running, Mr. Hamilton set the pace.
On the soft Pirellis he beat Rosberg’s 1m 22.748s with 1m 21.936s, and stayed in front as his challenger replied with 1m 22.395s.
Having backed off in sector 3 after a subsequent run had seen him go faster in the 1st 2, Mr. Hamilton did a further lap and improved to 1m 21.633s as Mr. Rosberg cut down to 1m 21.846s.
Then a 9 min Red Flag stoppage occurred after a heavy run over the kurbs was followed by the right front wing on Felipe Nasr’s Sauber exploding into fragments, deluging the track with shards of sharp carbon fibre.
Once that was all cleaned up, Messrs Hamilton and Rosberg went at it again, this time on the medium tires. Again Mr. Hamilton set the pace, with 1m 20.914s.
Mr. Rosberg’s response was 1m 21.673s, but he complained of tire vibrations and switched thereafter to long runs.
Meanwhile, Force India, Ferrari and Williams stayed on the soft rubber.
Mr. Vettel got his Ferrari wound up to go 2nd on 1m 20.993s. He was later joined by team mate Kimi Raikkonen in 3rd on the same rubber, with 1m 21.072secs
Behind him, Mr. Ricciardo took 8th for Red Bull with 1m 21.727s as Massa put the 2nd Williams 9th on 1m 21.836secs, complaining of brake locking, and Mr. Kvyat completed T top 10 for Toro Rosso, despite a spin in Turn 1 before his rear tires were hot enough, with 22.215secs.
Max Verstappen had a tough morning, with his rear brakes catching fire and losing him a lot of track time due to resulting electrical damage. He came 14th.
|NYSE:RACE||52.87||28 Oct 2016||-0.13||52.63||53.19||52.54||231,100|
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|Bullish (0.36)||Bullish (0.30)||Bullish (0.29)||Very Bullish (0.50)|
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