After ending one-tenth of a second behind pace-setter Bottas in FP1 on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Verstappen struck again by comfortably topping FP2 for Crimson Bull.
Verstappen set the early tempo on the medium compound tyre within the session, working over a second away from the sector at one stage and ending the preliminary runs with a 0.7 second margin to Crimson Bull team-mate Sergio Perez in P2.
The championship chief was capable of keep his benefit after the change to comfortable tyres for the qualifying simulations, posting a quickest time of 1m17.301s on his opening flying lap halfway by way of the session.
It was sufficient to offer Verstappen prime spot forward of Bottas, who completed 0.424 seconds behind after bettering on his second push lap on softs to maneuver up from third place forward of Mercedes team-mate Hamilton.
Hamilton was an additional 0.085 seconds behind Bottas in third place after a tough session that noticed him wrestle with site visitors early on, reporting over the radio that it was “insane” as drivers tried to discover a hole.
Hamilton then had his quickest time from his first run on onerous tyres deleted after it was set when double waved yellow flags had been proven, however recovered to finish the session in third place, half a second off title rival Verstappen.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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Residence favorite Perez ended the day fourth-fastest for Crimson Bull after additionally gaining time with a second push lap on his set of softs. He completed six-hundredths of a second behind Hamilton.
Ferrari’s hopes of creating its excessive downforce strengths shine by way of in Mexico gained a lift in FP2 as Carlos Sainz Jr led the midfield runners in fifth place, beating AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.
A second push lap on his set of soppy tyres allowed Sainz to leap forward of Gasly, and completed three-tenths of a second away from Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in seventh place, who mentioned on the finish of the session that he was “struggling a lot with the engine points”.
Yuki Tsunoda briefly ran as excessive as second for AlphaTauri after being one of many first drivers to set a lap on comfortable tyres within the qualifying simulations. The Japanese driver finally ended the session eighth-fastest.
Sebastian Vettel took ninth for Aston Martin after a quick mix-up within the pit lane that noticed him park his automobile wanting his ready mechanics, mistakenly stopping by one other group member, whereas Fernando Alonso closed out the highest 10 for Alpine.
Kimi Raikkonen led Alfa Romeo’s efforts in eleventh, two locations away from team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi as Lando Norris break up the duo for McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
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Norris solely mustered twelfth as McLaren didn’t characteristic within the prime 10 for the second session in a row. Crew-mate Daniel Ricciardo completed fifteenth, however managed solely seven laps as a consequence of a gearbox concern that curtailed his working.
Esteban Ocon wound up 14th for Alpine, however struggled in the course of the session, noting that the “automobile is popping itself” as he completed seven-tenths of a second off Alonso’s time within the sister A521.
Mick Schumacher ended the day sixteenth for Haas forward of Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi, whereas Nikita Mazepin completed nineteenth and is about to satisfy the stewards after the session for failing to following the race director’s instruction over observe limits at Flip 8.
George Russell propped up the timesheets for Williams in twentieth after a gearbox concern prevented him from setting a time. Russell was instructed to return to the pits with out downshifting, leaving him in fifth gear till he arrived again within the pitlane.