Verstappen’s title rival Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 in first free observe, however the Dutchman bounced again to prime FP2 later within the afternoon – setting the quickest time of the day at 1m17.301s.
Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix FP1 outcomes: Bottas quickest from Hamilton
What occurred in free observe 1?
On a unclean and dusty observe, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez suffered spins coming into Flip 16 contained in the opening 12 minutes, each hitting the wall and damaging their rear wings.
Hamilton set the preliminary tempo on mushy tyres at 1m20.0s, however then ran off observe at Flip 1 and rejoined on the incorrect facet of the bollard, a tenth away from Verstappen who stayed out for a long term on the hard-compound rubber. Verstappen then improved to 1m19.826s however Hamilton trumped it with 1m19.781s, faster by 0.045s.
Bottas took a brand new set of softs simply after the midway level, decreasing the P1 time to 1m18.834s. Hamilton managed a 1m18.976s earlier than Verstappen set the quickest lap to date at 1m18.464s, as Max ran softs for the primary time.
Bottas labored right down to 1m18.341s, the quickest time of the session that Hamilton acquired to inside 0.076s of. Verstappen ended up third, 0.123s off the tempo, forward of Perez – who misplaced 20 minutes of the session whereas repairs had been made.
Pierre Gasly was fourth for AlphaTauri, forward of the Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Leclerc.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix FP2 outcomes: Verstappen quickest from Bottas
What occurred in free observe 2?
In FP2, Verstappen set the preliminary tempo at 1m18.818s on the medium-compound tyres after which produced a 1m18.206s, the quickest lap of the weekend to date. He subsequently dipped under the 1m18s bracket with a 1m17.920s.
His title rival Hamilton, working on hards, acquired mired in visitors after which had his greatest laptime deleted earlier than locking up at Flip 1 and ruining his tyres. He was 5s off the tempo after the primary run.
Bottas was the primary frontrunner on softs on this session, and took P2, 0.112s down on Verstappen’s medium time.
Hamilton then set a brand new benchmark on softs at 1m17.810, however Verstappen blew that away with 1m17.301s, 0.509s faster as he too took the red-sidewalled tyres. Perez went P3 on 1m17.871s, 0.61s off Hamilton, earlier than Bottas improved to take P2 at 1m17.725s on used softs, nonetheless 0.424s off Verstappen.
On the finish of the hour, the order was Verstappen, Bottas, Hamilton and Perez. Sainz was better of the remainder this time, simply over a second off the tempo, forward of Gasly and Leclerc.
Williams’s George Russell suffered a gearbox situation and didn’t set a laptime, whereas Daniel Ricciardo additionally suffered a transmission situation on his McLaren. Nicholas Latifi overshot Flip 16 in his Williams and continued.