Verstappen Tops Sessions on Day 1 in Mexico, Hamilton Looks Forward to FP3

October 27, 2023Ramon Jones
Formula 1

Max Verstappen has shown no signs of slowing down coming off of last weekends win at the United States Grand Prix. Verstappen topped both practice sessions edging out Lando Norris in FP2 by 0.119s. In third was Charles Leclerc who will be looking for redemption this weekend after being disqualified alongside Lewis Hamilton at he US GP. Valtteri Bottas Finished 4th fastest ahead of Sergio Perez who is also looking to turn things around as the race for second place in the drivers championship is coming down to the wire.

Perez said, “It’s nice. It’s funny when you are in the car you forget where you are but as soon as you are out, there is a lot of attention. It’s good to have so much support from all the fans. We didn’t have a straightforward day; we get a good read of the softs over a single lap. I had a yellow flag on my lap, so I ended up doing it on the second time lap, and not very straightforward. Plenty of things to understand, we obviously went with different compounds also to understand them for Sunday. I think overall we are looking in a good position. I think we have a good direction that we need to take.”

Hamilton Moving in the Wrong Direction

Lewis Hamilton finished 7th fastest in FP2 raising questions as to where the pace from the US GP went for Mercedes. Hamilton is also looking for redemption after finishing 2nd in the US Grand Prix but then was disqualified from the race due to a breach in the technical regulations. Hamilton was clearly not happy with his pace on day 1. “I mean the car is night and day different compared to last week. And yeah, I don’t know what to say, you just never know what you’re going to get with this one,” he said. “Some days she’s great and some days she’s not. I think it’s hard to extract the lap, I think there is definitely performance there. It’s just hard to extract it and it’s quite peaky this weekend with the aero map or whatever it might be.”

Hamilton is currently 39 points behind Sergio Perez in the drivers championship. With 5 races remaining in 2023 every point and finish is crucial to bring home second. Perez will look to extend his lead this in the the 71 lap race on Sunday.

Full FP2 Results Below

1M. VERSTAPPEN/Red Bull Racing1261’18.686 
2L. NORRIS/McLaren431+0.1191’18.8050.119
3C. LECLERC/Ferrari1633+0.2661’18.9520.147
4V. BOTTAS/Alfa Romeo7733+0.2691’18.9550.003
5S. PEREZ/Red Bull Racing1129+0.3021’18.9880.033
6D. RICCIARDO/AlphaTauri331+0.3161’19.0020.014
7L. HAMILTON/Mercedes4430+0.3381’19.0240.022
8E. OCON/Alpine3129+0.3911’19.0770.053
9O. PIASTRI/McLaren8131+0.4771’19.1630.086
10G. RUSSELL/Mercedes6331+0.5411’19.2270.064
11C. SAINZ/Ferrari5534+0.5711’19.2570.030
12Y. TSUNODA/AlphaTauri2234+0.6041’19.2900.033
13Z. GUANYU/Alfa Romeo2427+0.7291’19.4150.125
14A. ALBON/Williams2323+0.7601’19.4460.031
15N. HULKENBERG/Haas F1 Team2729+0.8491’19.5350.089
16P. GASLY/Alpine1029+0.9561’19.6420.107
17L. SARGEANT/Williams226+1.2141’19.9000.258
18L. STROLL/Aston Martin Racing1817+1.3891’20.0750.175
19K. MAGNUSSEN/Haas F1 Team2030+1.4261’20.1120.037
20F. ALONSO/Aston Martin Racing1430+1.7401’20.4260.314