Red Bull driver Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the second free practice session of the Mexican Grand Prix in 1.17.301 (Soft).
The Dutchman is ahead of Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes by four tenths (Tender) and the other Mercedes driven by Briton Lewis Hamilton by five tenths (Tender).
Behind, Sergio Perez (+0.570), Carlos Sainz (+1.017), Pierre Gasly (+1.128), Charles Leclerc (+1.304), Yuki Tsunoda (+1.343), Sebastian Vettel (+1.380) and Fernando Alonso (+1.431) complete the top ten of this second free practice session of the Grand Prix of Mexico.
Russell and Ricciardo in the garage
Great Britain’s George Russell took a long time to start his free practice session this Friday afternoon. Once his team sent him to the track after fifteen minutes, the Williams driver immediately complained of a gearbox problem, which forced him to return to the pit at idle.
If a problem with the gearbox is confirmed, Russell could receive a new one for the rest of the weekend without receiving a penalty since most teams use a gearbox “reserved” for Friday practice. Either way, Russell couldn’t complete a timed lap this Friday afternoon.
On the McLaren side, Daniel Ricciardo also dismounted prematurely (after only seven laps) due to a gearbox problem as well, but the British team indicated that it was the Friday box. There will therefore be no penalty for the Australian on the grid this weekend.
The third and final free practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (Paris time), while qualifying will be held at 9:00 p.m. (Paris time).