After Daniel Ricciardo, Norris, Verstappen and Alex Albon had loved transient spells within the high spot through the opening quarter of the one-hour session, Verstappen seized it once more with a 1m19.511s set on the usual 2023 Pirelli C4 mediums moderately than the prototype selection he had began on earlier than pitting to get a visor tear-off faraway from his rear suspension.
That stood because the benchmark for the rest of the early laps the sphere accomplished on the laborious, medium and prototype mediums, with Oscar Piastri then main the swap to softs a couple of minutes previous the one-third distance.
He duly blitzed to the highest spot with a 1m19.163s on the red-walled rubber, with a lot of the remainder of the sphere additionally taking that compound for qualifying simulation runs over the subsequent 10 minutes.
Alonso then had the session’s most dramatic second shortly earlier than the midway level when he spun out of Flip 9 with 25 minutes on the board.
In that incident, Alonso ran too laborious over the within kerbs of the fast left-hander and the rear got here round so severely he was spun utterly round, pirouetting throughout the complete period of the brief straight main all the way down to Flip 10.
Albon slotted in behind Piastri earlier than each have been demoted by others going faster – led by Verstappen’s 1m18.686s set simply after Alonso’s spin, with Norris coming in 0.119s behind in his wake.
Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez initially did not beat his private greatest set early in FP2 whereas working the prototype mediums, earlier than he climbed up the order with a 1m18.988s that was 0.302s off the tempo.
Perez was then demoted by Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc, who took third as one of many final drivers bar the Aston Martin pair to set a time on the softs.
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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14
With heavy clouds rolling in above the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – rain having lashed down in a single day in Mexico Metropolis and some spots falling over the ultimate corners and pitlane early in FP2 – the pack switched to the standard closing-FP2 high-fuel lengthy runs.
Throughout this, the rain returned with simply over quarter-hour remaining – initially at a lightweight depth earlier than coming down ever extra steadily within the ultimate minutes, though not to some extent the place the sphere needed to take into account pitting or switching to intermediates.
The Aston pair not finishing a delicate tyre run meant the highest 5 locations went untouched to the tip, with Ricciardo ending up sixth forward of Lewis Hamilton, who posted the quickest time within the ultimate sector on his qualifying simulation effort however ending up 0.338s behind Verstappen.
Esteban Ocon took eighth forward of Piastri, with George Russell rounding out the highest 10 forward of Carlos Sainz – the pair missing laps in FP1 with Frederik Vesti having pushed Russell’s W13 within the opening session and Sainz dropping time there on account of a hydraulics failure situation that stopped the facility steering working aboard his Ferrari.
Lance Stroll accomplished the fewest laps of all on account of an issue on the left-front wheel on his Aston confining him to the pits for many of FP2’s second half, with Alonso ending down in twentieth, two locations behind his team-mate, as he switched to long-running after his qualifying simulation effort was misplaced to his spin.
Albon returned to the pits forward of the ultimate 5 minutes so Williams may examine his automotive after a chunk of underfloor aerodynamics started trailing alongside the ground because the session’s finish approached.
He didn’t exit once more and ended up 14th within the standings, forward of Nico Hulkenberg, who registered the session’s quickest time within the first sector on his delicate tyre run, earlier than fading to complete 0.849s off Verstappen, most of that point shipped within the observe’s center phase.