Sebastian Vettel On Top Ahead Of Mercedes & Red Bull In Practice – Mexican Grand Prix.

By: Myanna Wedes.

Credit: Dungan / XPB Images. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF90. 25.10.2019. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 18, Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, Mexico, Practice Day.

The Mexican Grand Prix is about rivalry for the World Championship between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. In addition to this, the inter team battle between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. To win the Mexican Grand Prix is an honour because it is a challenging circuit where if you lack concentration, your race can end abruptly. During the early practice sessions, Alexander Albon managed to send his car in to the barriers once again and ending his session. The Thai rookie has struggled with the sessions prior to lights out Sunday, though manages to pull it together when it matters the most.

It was a similar chain of events with Leclerc and Bottas also spinning and having to work harder to stay ahead of the pack. Hamilton will be running without his chief engineer Bono this weekend as the Mercedes guru is having some kind of medical procedure. As a result, it will be a challenging Grand Prix for Hamilton with all eyes focused on his chances of completing a sixth World Title for the Silver Arrows.

The qualifying session will be vital to ensure a good start with Vettel upping his game, Max Verstappen feeling confident of his chances, Leclerc wanting to keep initialing his name in the record books and the Mercedes duo looking to find ways to improve as they still find it baffling how Ferrari has become so quick. No doubt the factory will be researching and trying to discover how to improve their overall performance in anticipation of the 2020 season. Right now, the goal is to finish up strong and enjoy the last few races of the year.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo will be wanting to put the Japanese disqualification behind him and bring his smile to the Mexican fans. The funny and jovial Ricciardo was skipping to his box though aware of the deceit he and his teammate Nico Hulkenberg face as they try to play catch up with the front runners. Overall, it will be interesting to see if McLaren driver Lando Norris can have a strong Grand Prix weekend though the conditions and track have been causing him some grief. A strong Saturday is what he is hoping for and working towards. “Not great, not terrible” were the words of the young British driver.

FP2 Session Times:

POSNODRIVERCARTIMEGAPLAPS
15Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:16.60735
233Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA1:16.722+0.115s37
316Charles LeclercFERRARI1:17.072+0.465s34
477Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:17.221+0.614s39
544Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:17.570+0.963s35
626Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:17.747+1.140s40
710Pierre GaslySCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1:18.003+1.396s39
855Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT1:18.079+1.472s38
927Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:18.261+1.654s23
104Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT1:18.349+1.742s36
1118Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:18.362+1.755s38
1211Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES1:18.366+1.759s34
133Daniel RicciardoRENAULT1:18.380+1.773s34
147Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:18.681+2.074s37
158Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:18.766+2.159s37
1699Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1:18.889+2.282s46
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:19.306+2.699s37
1863George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:19.968+3.361s36
1988Robert KubicaWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:20.180+3.573s37
2023Alexander AlbonRED BULL RACING HONDA1:21.665+5.058s5