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28 Oct 23:25 Lewis Hamilton became only the third Formula 1 driver in history to capture a fifth world title on Sunday as Max Verstappen won the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix.
28 Oct 23:08 Verstappen dominates, Hamilton wins 2018 title!
28 Oct 23:05 2 races remain for the season as attentions shift to Brazil and then Abu Dhabi in November
28 Oct 22:57 Championship done and dusted for Lewis
28 Oct 22:52 Max Verstappen crosses the finish line in first and wins the Mexico grand prix!
28 Oct 22:51 Final lap of the Mexico grand prix with Hamilton to become a 5 time champion
28 Oct 22:50 2 laps to go!
28 Oct 22:48 Max Verstappen's engine turned down with 3 laps remaining.
28 Oct 22:47 There's no stopping Verstappen but should be concerned about what happened to Daniel Ricciardo's engine. Christian Horner is taking no chances by turning the engine down.
28 Oct 22:46 5 laps to go!
28 Oct 22:44 Hamilton doing the minimum on track as he coasts towards his 5th championship
28 Oct 22:43 Red Bull aiming for their 4th win of the season as Verstappen continues to lead
28 Oct 22:40 Sebastian Vettel up to P2
28 Oct 22:40 VSC deployed as Daniel Ricciardo's bad luck continues
28 Oct 22:39 Ricciardo becomes the 4th retirement of the race
28 Oct 22:38 Ricciardo has a suspected engine problem
28 Oct 22:37 10 laps to go!
28 Oct 22:37 Hamilton coasting through the track knowing that 5th place will be enough to hand him the championship for a 5th time.
28 Oct 22:34 Daniel Ricciardo with the fastest lap, usurping Vettel's previous time
28 Oct 22:33 Verstappen holds a 9 second lead
28 Oct 22:32 Daniel Ricciardo has a race on his hands as Sebastian Vettel closes in on P2
28 Oct 22:31 Time slowly slipping away for Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton closing in on his 5th championship title
28 Oct 22:30 It's not going to plan for Lewis Hamilton but he will still be crowned champion as things stand
28 Oct 22:27 Hamilton complaining about his tyres
28 Oct 22:27 Verstappen slowly building a lead over team mate Ricciardo, the lead now 7 seconds
28 Oct 22:26 Blue flag being waved
28 Oct 22:23 Hamilton will still be crowned champion as things stand..
28 Oct 22:22 Its a Red Bull 1-2 at the moment as Verstappen leads and Ricciardo in second
28 Oct 22:21 Verstappen in the pits
FINISH Rest of the top 10: Bottas, Hulkenberg, Leclerc, Vandoorne, Ericsson, Gasly. Thanks for joining our live coverage and apologies for the timing gremlins throughout. See you in Brazil...
FINISH Sebastian Vettel clinches his first-ever podium finish in Mexico. Kimi Raikkonen comes home P3.
FINISH MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS THE MEXICO GRAND PRIX!
FINISH LEWIS HAMILTON IS FIVE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION!
Lap 70 Everything turned down now on Verstappen's car. "Bring it home," says his race engineer. Two laps to go.
Lap 67 Verstappen is carrying on regardless, pumping in the quick laps. Five laps for him to hold out with a 14 second gap to Vettel.
Lap 63 "If you need to turn my engine down then do it," says a worried Verstappen. A nervy end in store for Red Bull.
Lap 62 How is your luck, Daniel Ricciardo? Non-Existent by the looks of it. It's yet another DNF, his eighth of the season and just when he was closing in on a long-awaited podium.
Lap 61 Hamilton is practically coasting home in P5 now. His tyres are a mess and he will manage those until the end.
Lap 60 Current top 10: Verstappen, Ricciardo, Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Leclerc, Vandoorne, Ericsson. 11 laps left.
Lap 59 Ricciardo is not letting P2 go without a fight. He sets a new fastest lap on seriously old tyres. Backmarker traffic making life difficult for Vettel, too.
Lap 58 Vettel within DRS range of Ricciardo now...
Lap 55 Vettel is preparing himself for round two with Ricciardo. He is within a couple of seconds of the Red Bull with 16 laps remaining.
Lap 53 Verstappen currently leads by 6.6 seconds.
Lap 51 They are going two-by-two in Mexico City. Verstappen, Ricciardo, Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Bottas the current top six.
Lap 50 Race leader Verstappen pits again and essentially it is a free stop. He returns to the track still comfortably ahead. Bottas also pits again.
Lap 49 A carbon copy incident involving Bottas and Raikkonen. Bottas locks up, runs off into the grass and Raikkonen sweeps through for P4.
Lap 48 Hamilton is in. Vettel came in as well just before to cover him off.
Lap 47 Huge lock-up from Hamilton at Turn 1 and he is off onto the grass! He returns on track safely and Ricciardo is up to P3! Mercedes getting ready to pit Hamilton for a second time.
Lap 46 Ricciardo waiting to pick the right moment. Hamilton hanging on desperately to the last podium spot.
Lap 45 It may turn out to be a Championship-winning afternoon for Hamilton, but this is a pretty miserable race for him. Ricciardo now right on his tail for P3...
Lap 44 That incident is under review from the race stewards...
Lap 42 Ocon is in the wars again. He is battling Hartley for P13 and the New Zealander has come off the worst here. There is a big piece of his bargeboard sticking out the left side.
Lap 41 Heartbreak for the home fans! Something has broken on Perez's car and he is coming to a grinding halt. You can hear a pin drop.
Lap 39 And Hamilton doesn't need to get involved in a feisty battle. Vettel breezes down the inside of Turn 1 and is up to P2.
Lap 39 Vettel is within DRS range of Hamilton for P2...
Lap 38 All calm and quiet at the moment as we head into the second half of the race. Reminder: Vettel must win to keep the title fight alive with Hamilton finishing P8 or lower. Nowhere near close to happening at the moment.
Lap 35 Huge cheers...they must be for the local hero Perez. Yep, around the outside of Leclerc at Turn 1 and is up to P8.
Lap 34 And here comes Vettel! He's done it this time! He keeps it nice and clean throughout the hard-fought overtake and is up to P3.
Lap 33 Ricciardo v Vettel continues. A titanic tussle between the two former Red Bull team-mates. The Aussie is just about holding on to P3.
Lap 32 Racing again!
Lap 32 Force India use the VSC period to double stack their cars in the pits. Perez re-emerges in P9, Ocon down in P16 after first lap contact with Hulkenberg.
Lap 31 Just as Vettel lines up Ricciardo down the start/finish straight, the VSC is back in play again. Sainz, who was running in the points, has come to a stop in the stadium section.
Lap 30 Ricciardo gets a helpful tow from a backmarker to stay in P3 for now but Vettel is still all over the back of him...
Lap 29 Vettel is in DRS range of Ricciardo. Can he jump into the podium places?
Lap 27 Leclerc is back into the top 10 after passing Magnussen.
Lap 26 Ocon is up to P13 after finding a way past Gasly.
Lap 25 Hamilton's supersofts look nasty and they are barely 13 laps old. They are not going to last until the end...
Lap 23 Current top 10: Verstappen, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen, Perez, Sainz, Hulkenberg, Magnussen. Retirements: Alonso.
Lap 22 We are aware the live data is not currently displaying. Our devs are looking into the issue. In the meantime, you will have to make do with little old me.
Lap 21 A case of deja Lew? Verstappen won the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix with Hamilton winning the title and the odds are the same is going to happen today. Still a good 50 laps to get through though.
Lap 19 Leclerc sandwiches himself in between the two Haas cars with a neat overtake on Grosjean. He is back up to P11.
Lap 18 Verstappen is back leading the race and has a 7.3 second gap to Hamilton. Ricciardo rounds off the top three. P4 - Vettel P5 - Bottas P6 - Raikkonen. The top six have all now pitted.
Lap 18 Vettel pits and so does Raikkonen.
Lap 17 Hamilton and Ricciardo both get past Raikkonen. Hamilton with a brave move down the inside into Turn 3 and the Aussie follows him through.
Lap 16 Now Hamilton is closing in on Raikkonen...
Lap 16 Hulkenberg is back into the top 10 after a smooth move on Magnussen.
Lap 15 Verstappen is all over the back of Raikkonen through the stadium section and gets the job done down the long run to Turn 1. He is back up to P2 and in pursuit of Vettel.
Lap 14 Huge cheers as Perez finally gets past Ericsson!
Lap 14 It's now a Ferrari one-two with Vettel leading. Can they stay out as long as possible and one-stop their way to victory?
Lap 14 Now race leader Verstappen pits and also moves onto the supersofts.
Lap 13 Immediate response from Red Bull. Ricciardo pits and comes back out just behind Hamilton. No overcut this time.
Lap 12 Double-stack pit stop for Mercedes. Hamilton and Bottas ditch the ultrasofts for the supersofts. They return in P5 and P8 respectively.
Lap 11 Valiant defence from Marcus Ericsson in P10, holding off Perez for the time being. Excellent wheel-to-wheel racing.
Lap 11 Ricciardo likes them vulnerable and Hamilton is in trouble. The Aussie is within DRS range of the Brit...
Lap 10 Verstappen's lead to Hamilton has increased to 3.3 seconds as Hamilton continues to complain about his tyres.
Lap 8 "Tyres are quite fragile," reports Hamilton on the ultrasofts. Some blistering already beginning to show.
Lap 7 VSC over, we're back racing. Vettel and Bottas actually touched on the opening lap. This time around it did not result in the Ferrari spinning all the way to the back of the pack.
Lap 6 Gasly pits under the VSC to get rid of those pesky hypersoft tyres.
Lap 5 Ocon's damage came from Hulkenberg clipping his front wing clean off. Alonso's retirement appears to have come from collecting some of that debris. How unfortunate.
Lap 4 Ugh. Fernando Alonso is our first race retirement. Virtual Safety Car in effect.
Lap 4 Magnussen tries to go around the outside of Stroll for P13 but outbrakes himself and goes off track.
Lap 3 Stroll is up four places to P13, Sirotkin and Gasly are also big movers as they also rise up four places from their starting spots respectively.
Lap 3 Verstappen has a 1.3 second lead over Hamilton.
Lap 2 The two Sauber drivers are still in the top 10.
Lap 2 Early pit stops for Hartley and Ocon. Ocon is missing a front wing.
Lap 1 Ricciardo drops two places to P3. Vettel and Bottas hold position. Raikkonen drops to P7 as Sainz makes the jump up to P6.
Lap 1: Verstappen leads! Hamilton makes a great start and is up to P2!
Lap 1: Lights out! Away we go!
13:11 Starting tyres for the rest of the grid: OCO - SS, ALO - US, PER - SS, HAR - SS, VAN - US, MAG - SS, STR - US, GRO - SS, SIR - US, GAS - HS.
13:10 Formation lap is underway...The top six are starting on the ultrasofts. The rest of the top 10 are on the hypers.
13:07 If you are thinking about putting the kettle on, it really is now or never.
13:03 71 laps in store for us this afternoon. We seriously can't wait. Let's hope it lives up to expectations...
13:00 10 minutes until lights out! All calm and serene on the grid at the moment. No last-minute dramas...
12:55 It's national anthem time in Mexico City. Anticipation building...
12:50 We're expecting the vast majority of this race to be a dry one, but there is a risk of rain towards the end which would spice things up very nicely indeed.
12:45 25 minutes until lights out!
12:43 And bringing up the rear are Sergey Sirotkin and Pierre Gasly. The Toro Rosso driver racking up engine penalties once again as Honda continue to tweak their engines.
12:41 Lance Stroll is in P17; Romain Grosjean has dropped three places to P18 for causing a collision in the US. If he collects two penalty points in this race, the Frenchman will trigger a one-race ban.
12:39 Stoffel Vandoorne will begin the Mexican Grand Prix in P15, while Haas have work to do with Kevin Magnussen bogged down in P16.
12:37 Home favourite Sergio Perez will be hoping to climb into the points from P13. The under-pressure Brendon Hartley lines up P14.
12:35 Esteban Ocon is the first driver to have that free tyre choice in P11, while Fernando Alonso did very well considering McLaren's clear limitations to put his MCL33 into P12.
12:32 The Sauber duo of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson complete the top 10. But they are the cars most vulnerable to those behind with free tyre choice.
12:30 Nico Hulkenberg qualified best of the rest for the second consecutive race weekend. He lines up P7 and is joined by team-mate Carlos Sainz in P8. The Renault power unit has been working wonders in high altitude conditions.
12:27 It’s an all-Finnish third row with Valtteri Bottas in P5 and Kimi Raikkonen rounding off the top six.
12:25 With Red Bull setting the standard, Hamilton and Vettel were forced to settle for the second row from P3 and P4 respectively.
12:20 For the first time in the turbo hybrid era, we have a Red Bull front-row lockout. Daniel Ricciardo denied Max Verstappen from becoming the youngest pole-sitter in Formula 1 history.
12:15 It all looks a formality, but the starting grid and a long, long run to Turn 1 could provide some fireworks. Let’s run through the grid, shall we?
12:10 In order for the title ‘fight’ to carry on to Brazil. Sebastian Vettel must win the race and hope Hamilton finishes P8 or lower.
12:05 The task for Lewis Hamilton is quite a simple one on paper. He just has to finish P7 or higher to clinch a fifth World Championship this afternoon.
12:00 Hello and welcome to round 19 of 21 of the 2018 season - the Mexican Grand Prix. Is today the day the World Championship is settled? We will start to find out in a little over an hour.
14:03 Well what a qualifying session that was! And the race is still to come! Join us tomorrow for the Mexican Grand Prix, live from the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Bye for now.
14:02 Nico Hulkenberg starts as best of the rest in P7, ahead of Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.
14:01 Lewis Hamilton will start ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen in the top six.
14:01 RED BULL LOCK OUT THE FRONT ROW! Daniel Ricciardo takes pole position ahead of Max Verstappen, denying the Dutchman the record.
14:00 Daniel Ricciardo goes quickest, with two to go...
13:59 Kimi Raikkonen will be the first man through to set his lap time, while Lewis Hamilton is right at the back of the ten men out on track.
13:57 Three minutes to go, here we go for the final runs in qualifying for the Mexico Grand Prix.
13:55 Charles Leclerc sits in P7 as the best of the rest, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Marcus Ericsson.
13:53 Verstappen 1:14.785 - Vettel +0.185 - Hamilton +0.237 - Ricciardo +0.245 - Bottas +0.375 - Raikkonen +0.545 the top six after the first runs.
13:51 Max Verstappen has provisional pole position! The Dutchman puts in a 1:14.785.
13:50 Sebastian Vettel goes into the 1:14s!
13:49 All ten men are out on track early to get a first run in around the Hermanos Rodriguez.
13:48 Q3 IS UNDERWAY! Twelve minutes to find out who will take pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday.
13:45 So we are two by two by two in the final part of qualifying. Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault and Sauber have both cars through to Q3.
13:42 Out after Q2: Ocon, Alonso, Perez, Hartley, Gasly Through to the top ten shootout: VER HAM VET RIC BOT RAI HUL SAI LEC ERI
13:40 CHEQUERED FLAG IN Q2
13:37 Here we go for the midfield battle... But Vettel and Ricciardo also come out... As does Hamilton and Bottas...
13:35 FIVE MINUTES TO GO: VER HAM VET RIC BOT RAI HUL SAI LEC ERI Drop Zone: HAR PER OCO ALO GAS
13:32 Okay, so now we have a battle for the rest of the field for four places.
13:29 Max Verstappen goes quickest on the (US), with a new track record of 1:15.640. Daniel Ricciardo has also gone on the (US) as well, two tenths behind his team-mate.
13:29 Hamilton 1:15.6 Vettel 1:15.7 Bottas 1:15.9 Raikkonen 1:15.9 The top four on the (US) tyres to be on the better race tyre tomorrow.
13:26 The two Mercedes and Ferraris have come out on the (US) tyres, in an attempt to get on the better race tyre, while the two Force Indias have gone for the (SS).
13:25 Q2 IS UNDERWAY!
13:24 At the front of the field, it surprisingly was Mercedes and not Red Bull that were quickest in the first part of qualifying.
13:22 So the two Haas drivers are out of qualifying after the first part. It is the first time in exactly a year since that happened, with Mexico in 2017 the last time neither Grosjean or Magnussen made Q2.
13:20 Out after Q1: Grosjean, Vandoorne, Magnussen, Stroll, Sirotkin. The 15 through to Q2: BOT HAM VER RIC VET PER OCO RAI HUL HAR ERI SAI GAS ALO LEC
13:19 Fernando Alonso is the man out of those bottom six to make it out of Q1.
13:18 Sainz moves into P7 now, with Ocon then going into P6.
13:18 Alonso gets a time on the board again, and goes P7.
13:15 Another new track record, this time for Valtteri Bottas. The two Mercedes have gone quickest on the (HS) tyres.
13:13 FIVE MINUTES TO GO: VER RIC VET RAI HAM HUL BOT HAR PER OCO GAS LEC SAI ERI GRO Drop Zone: VAN MAG STR SIR ALO
13:13 Fernando Alonso has had his time deleted for track limits abuse at Turn 11. He is now last and without a time so far in this session.
13:12 A look further down the field, the two Haas cars, two McLarens and two Williams look to be in a battle to stay in qualifying this afternoon.
13:10 Max Verstappen then puts in another new track record with a 1:15.7.
13:10 Daniel Ricciardo goes into the 1:15s, a new lap record.
13:08 Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel runs wide after locking up at Turn 1.. He escapes across the grass and returns to the track.
13:07 Home favourite Sergio Perez goes P5, while both Hamilton and Bottas improve.
13:05 Sebastian Vettel puts in a 1:16.0, which is quicker than last year's pole position, and is also a new lap record around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Oh, and he goes quickest.
13:04 Bottas goes quickest with a 1:17.1 (US) Raikkonen then beats that with a 1:16.5 (HS).
13:03 The Frenchman puts the first lap time in with a 1:17.876.
13:02 Gasly is one of three men to have penalties in Mexico. Both he and Toro Rosso team-mate Brendon Hartley will start from the back of the grid thanks to another new engine. Romain Grosjean also has a three-place grid drop for crashing into Charles Leclerc in Austin.
13:00 QUALIFYING IS UNDERWAY. The light is green for Q1, with Pierre Gasly out first.
12:59 Will Max Verstappen break the record for the youngest man to ever claim pole position. He has just three races to do so...
12:57 A reminder of the three tyre compounds in Mexico this weekend. We have the supersofts (SS), ultrasofts (US) and hypersofts (HS).
12:55 FIVE MINUTE WARNING FOR QUALIFYING!
12:54 Can either of the Finns get up there? Can Mercedes get Valtteri Bottas' W09 working to its full potential, or can Kimi Raikkonen carry on his good form after winning in the States last week?
12:51 Or can either of the title contenders get in amongst the Red Bulls? Could Hamilton or Vettel take a second pole position in Mexico?
12:49 So with qualifying on the way soon, who will be the main contenders? Will Max Verstappen become the youngest ever pole-sitter? Or can team-mate Daniel Ricciardo get the best start to what would be a wonderful farewell present at Red Bull?
12:45 15 MINUTES TO QUALIFYING IN MEXICO!
12:43 He was not the only one to suffer problems in FP3, as Valtteri Bottas also suffered a hydraulic failure in his W09.
12:40 The Dutchman suffered a hydraulic failure in his RB14 in FP2 which ended his session early, before falling foul to battery issues this morning.
12:38 Max Verstappen has been the King of the Hermanos Rodriguez so far this weekend, having topped FP1, FP2 and FP3, despite issues in all three sessions.
12:35 However, it does not look like either of the Championship rivals will be at the head of the grid after the three practice sessions.
12:33 It is just the fourth time that F1 has been to Mexico since its return to the country in 2015. Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have all been on pole position since.
12:30 Hello and welcome to our coverage of qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The session gets underway in half an hour, with all times shown as local time in Mexico.
11:00 Checkered flag! But not before Verstappen goes quicker with a 1:16.284! So a frantic finish to FP3 after a very low-key start waiting for the track to dry. Red Bull and Max are still the duo to beat it seems. Join us for qualifying in a couple of hours.
10:59 Vettel is two tenths down in P3 and Ricciardo's lap is compromised and has to settle for P4, six tenths slower than his team-mate.
10:58 Hamilton nudges right up to Verstappen on his latest hot lap. He is just a tenth behind with two minutes remaining.
10:57 And Verstappen blows Leclerc's time out of the water with a 1:16.385. That was even with a little lock-up at T4.
10:56 Raikkonen narrows the gap to Leclerc to three tenths. Here comes Max...
10:54 Hamilton slots into P2, six tenths down on Leclerc. His Mercedes was sliding all over the place in the stadium section and he also hit a bit of traffic, too.
10:53 Leclerc pops up out of nowhere with a 1:17.059. That puts him seven tenths quicker than his team-mate for next year, Vettel.
10:50 VSC has ended and the track is green again for the final 10 minutes. A big job on Mercedes' hands to get Bottas' car ready for qualifying.
10:47 With a VSC in effect it ruined a whole bunch of hot laps, but just before Bottas' stoppage, the Renault-powered Verstappen and Sainz managed to climb into the top three.
10:45 Oh dear, oh dear. Hydraulic failure on Valtteri Bottas' car and he comes to a stop in the stadium section.
10:43 And that's comfortably the quickest time we have seen so far - a 1:17.836 from Vettel to go fastest by half a second.
10:42 Bottas dislodges Leclerc at the top by finding an extra tenth. And now here comes Vettel...
10:39 Track conditions improving all the time, as shown by Charles Leclerc after he goes top with a 1:18.952. Raikkonen 0.061s slower now.
10:38 Kevin Magnussen won't be taking any part in FP3 as his Haas undergoes an intercooler change. Not ideal with qualifying looming...
10:37 Raikkonen manages to go four tenths quicker than Alonso with a 1:20.785.
10:35 And Gasly joins him on the board. It's nothing more than a sighter though as he is 4.1 seconds slower. Raikkonen on a hypersoft hot lap now...
10:35 And Gasly joins him on the board. It's nothing more than a sighter though as he is 4.1 seconds slower. Raikkonen on a hypersoft hot lap now...
10:31 After 30 minutes of the session gone, we have our first timed lap on the board. Hurrah! It's a 1:21.213 from Alonso.
10:29 Alonso is out now on some hypersofts. Brave chap.
10:26 What's this? A car?! Vettel is out on some inters.
10:24 Ricciardo via the BBC: "These are the worst conditions. It's too dry for inters, we'll just burn 'em up and we might need them for qualifying. But it's too wet for slicks, even if we go out on the hyper-softs we won't learn anything. Have to wait for it to rain or dry up more."
10:23 Zzzzz....
10:18 Don't worry, you are not missing a thing. Nobody out on track, but Red Bull boss Christian Horner is predicting a "busy" last 20 minutes of the session as the track continues to dry out.
10:11 And now Hamilton is getting involved in the installappery action. He waves to the crowd along the way.
10:07 And there is a reluctance to get out and get cracking. Only Kimi Raikkonen is on track at the moment - and that's just on an install lap.
10:05 Hmm, we didn't hear the whole of Gasly's radio message first time around. He used some colourful language after and pretty much said the damp track is not worth driving on at the moment.
10:02 "Quite a lot of dry patches," reports Gasly. Shouldn't take too long, then, for the track to rubber in.
10:00 Green light! FP3 is underway. Pierre Gasly and Marcus Ericsson are straight out of the starting blocks.
09:55 It is also much cooler than yesterday so the tyres may not get as much as a pasting as they did in the first two practices. 48 degrees track temperature on Friday; currently 17 degrees at the moment.
09:50 A reminder of a couple of grid penalties to keep in mind today. Romain Grosjean has a three-place grid drop coming his way for causing a collision in the last race; Pierre Gasly is due to start P20 because of engine penalties - a surprise to nobody.
09:45 We had glorious sunshine yesterday, but that is not the case today. It's damp at the track after overnight rain and more is forecast right around when qualifying is due to start. Lovely jubbly.
09:40 It was a Red Bull 1-2 in both Friday practice sessions with Max Verstappen quickest in FP1 and FP2. It wasn't all plain sailing for the Dutchman, though, as his RB14 suddenly lost power during his long runs. More reliability issues today?
09:35 With Halloween just around the corner, it seemed fitting that we had a bit of freaky Friday. After FP2, four Renault-powered cars occupied the top five with Ferrari and Mercedes the biggest strugglers with tyre wear.
09:30 Hello and welcome back to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. It's qualifying day, but first up we have one more hour of practice before the battle for pole position.
15:35 That is all for Friday's running in Mexico. Join us tomorrow for the third and final practice session, and the all-important qualifying session later on. Bye for now.
15:34 Sebastian Vettel was in P4, while Lewis Hamilton was down in P7 in the second practice session around the 2.6 mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
15:32 Surprisingly, Renault were the second-best team in FP2, finishing in P3 and P5 with Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg.
15:31 So it is a second 1-2 on Friday for Red Bull in Mexico, but there was bad news for Max Verstappen, who had to pull over as his car broke down towards the end of FP2.
15:30 CHEQUERED FLAG OUT TO END FP2: VER RIC SAI VET HUL HAR HAM RAI BOT PER OCO GRO LEC GAS VAN STR ERI SIR ALO MAG
15:28 A quick look at the back of the field, and once again it seems to be Williams and Mercedes struggling. Kevin Magnussen is also down there in the Haas.
15:25 FIVE MINUTES TO GO IN FP2!
15:22 The power just seemed to cut out on Verstappen's Red Bull at top RPM at the end of the main straight.
15:21 Max Verstappen pulls over to the side of the track on the exit of Turn 3. The session has gone from good to bad for the Dutchman.
15:19 So, there is just over ten minutes to go in this session, as the drivers continue their race pace programmes.
15:14 Fernando Alonso almost goes into the wall at the exit of the Turn 1-2-3 chicane, but manages to keep his McLaren in one piece.
15:12 Daniel Ricciardo reports a "PU hot warning" light on his dash. With temperatures of 26C (air) and 48C (track), is it any surprise?
15:09 Hamilton comes into change from the (HS) to the (SS), having seen his lap times drop over the course of the last few laps.
15:05 Max Verstappen overtakes Carlos Sainz into the first corner. That could actually be a possibility if things stay like this over the weekend.
15:00 AN HOUR GONE, 30 MINUTES TO GO: VER RIC SAI VET HUL HAR HAM RAI BOT PER OCO GRO LEC GAS VAN STR ERI SIR ALO MAG
14:58 Brendon Hartley has put his Toro Rosso into the top six at the end of the qualifying sims.
14:54 Track temperatures have risen to 48C, meaning that the (HS) race simulations will not be lasting too long.
14:50 Verstappen, Ricciardo, Sainz, Vettel, Hulkenberg the top five as we move into the second half of this practice session.
14:48 Daniel Ricciardo goes into P2 with a 1:16.8. The two Red Bulls are over a second clear of the rest of the field.
14:47 Verstappen goes 1.2s quicker, and then says he is not happy with how the engine is performing.. Just how quick can that Red Bull go?
14:45 Max Verstappen goes into the 1:16s... WOW!
14:44 The two McLarens and two Red Bulls are the only cars to have not run a qualifying sim on the (HS) tyres.
14:43 As if on queue, Hamilton and Bottas complete their first qualifying sims. However, they only manage P6 and P8 respectively.
14:42 The top six is now Red Bull, Renault, Ferrari, Red Bull, Renault, Ferrari. Still waiting for the two Mercedes to do qualifying runs.
14:41 Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg are continuing Renault's good weekend. Sainz goes 0.001s quicker than Sebastian Vettel on the same (HS) tyres.
14:38 The top four are now separated by seven tenths. Verstappen still has half a second over Vettel, with Ricciardo and Raikkonen just behind the top two.
14:34 Vettel moves into second on the (HS), seven tenths slower in the final sector alone.
14:30 30 MINUTES GONE, AN HOUR TO GO IN FP2: VER RIC PER HAM BOT HAR OCO VET HUL GAS RAI SAI GRO LEC MAG ALO ERI VAN STR SIR
14:27 At the back of the field, the two Williams are adrift once again. Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin are over 1.2s behind the next man on the list.
14:25 Daniel Ricciardo is the last man to set a timed lap in FP2. The Australian moves into second, making it a Red Bull 1-2.
14:23 Lewis Hamilton locks up and runs wide at Turn 1, and goes across the grass to return back to the track.
14:21 Sergio Perez goes quickest in front on his home fans! But immediately, Max Verstappen puts in a lap which is a full second quicker. A 1:17.4 from the Dutchman!
14:18 Brendon Hartley has now gone fastest, with a 1:18.928. Vettel, Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Raikkonen and Bottas are all within half a second of the Toro Rosso.
14:14 Nico Hulkenberg goes quickest! The German nips in ahead of Hamilton by 0.03s, but he was on the (US) compared to Hamilton's lap on the (SS).
14:14 Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:19.207.
14:13 Vettel goes quickest with a 19.4, ahead of Raikkonen. Grosjean and Alonso move ahead of both Saubers, with Kevin Magnussen the seventh and last man to have set a time.
14:11 Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Sergey Sirotkin, Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas have all come out on track.
14:10 Raikkonen moves into the 19s, with the Finn putting in a 1:19.761 to move three tenths clear at the top in FP2.
14:09 Vettel puts in a 20.0 as well, but goes 0.044s behind Raikkonen.
14:07 Now both Ferraris and both Saubers are on the track, as Raikkonen puts in the first timed lap of the session, with a 1:20.027 (SS).
14:05 Kimi Raikkonen now comes out on track. The Finn is the only man on the circuit at the moment.
14:02 However, Gasly reports that his steering is slightly bent, and returns to the pit lane immediately.
14:01 Pierre Gasly is the first man on track, having not completed a timed lap in the first session with those engine penalties.
14:00 FP2 IS UNDERWAY!
13:57 The three tyres this weekend are the softest we can have! The red supersofts (SS), purple ultrasofts (US) and pink hypersofts (HS).
13:55 FIVE MINUTES TO GO UNTIL FP2!
13:53 The weather in Mexico is good for now, but it is expected to get worse over the weekend. This afternoon's session is expected to be hot and sunny.
13:48 There were problems at Toro Rosso, as Pierre Gasly will start from the back of the grid once again. The Frenchman has taken further engine penalties, after doing the same in Austin last week.
13:46 Antonio Giovinazzi and Lando Norris also featured in FP1 this morning. The pair replaced Charles Leclerc at Sauber and Fernando Alonso at McLaren respectively.
13:43 The top ten was rounded out by Brendon Hartley in his Toro Rosso, and Nicholas Latifi in the Force India, who deputised for Esteban Ocon.
13:40 It was not all pain sailing for the sport's top two teams. Kimi Raikkonen spun during the session, while Lewis Hamilton reported that he was having dips in power from his engine.
13:38 P5-P8 were occupied by the two Mercedes and two Ferraris in FP2. Lewis Hamilton led the way in this mini battle, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
13:35 The two Renaults of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg came next, beating the Mercedes into the top four.
13:32 It was a Red Bull 1-2 in the first session in Mexico this morning, with Max Verstappen leading Daniel Ricciardo.
13:30 Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second practice session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. FP2 gets underway in 30 minutes. All times local.
11:03 Weather update: Warm and sunny.
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:21.046 - 2
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:22.393 17.316 2
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.221 49.914 1
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:25.728 78.738 2
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:23.257 1 LAP 3
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:21.536 2 LAPS 1
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:21.879 2 LAPS 1
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:23.036 2 LAPS 1
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.895 2 LAPS 1
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:22.755 2 LAPS 2
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:23.390 2 LAPS 2
11 Nicholas Latifi Force India 1:49.372 2.422 4
12 Lance Stroll Williams 1:23.745 2 LAPS 2
13 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:23.487 2 LAPS 1
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:23.694 2 LAPS 2
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 1:45.474 2.478 5
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:24.482 2 LAPS 1
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:25.082 3 LAPS 2
17 Lando Norris McLaren 1:42.263 2.990 5
R Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RETIRED 10 LAPS 1
R Carlos Sainz Renault RETIRED 43 LAPS 1
R Fernando Alonso McLaren RETIRED 68 LAPS 0
R Sergio Perez Force India RETIRED 33 LAPS 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:14.759 - 4
1 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.599 - 3
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:14.785 0.026 4
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14.894 0.135 5
3 Lance Stroll Williams 1:17.689 2
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:14.970 0.211 5
4 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:17.886 2
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.160 0.401 6
5 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:17.184 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:15.330 0.571 5
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:16.871 4
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:15.827 1.068 6
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:16.966 2
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:16.084 1.325 6
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16.911 3
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:16.189 1.430 6
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:17.167 4
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:16.513 1.754 6
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:16.844 4
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:15.640 - 3
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.644 0.004 4
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:15.715 0.075 3
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:15.845 0.205 3
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.923 0.283 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:15.996 0.356 3
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:16.126 0.486 4
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:16.188 0.548 4
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:16.320 0.68 4
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:16.633 0.993 4
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:16.844 1.204 4
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:16.871 1.231 4
13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:17.167 1.527 4
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:17.184 1.544 4
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 5
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.580 - 2
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.673 0.093 2
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:15.756 0.176 1
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:15.866 0.286 1
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.089 0.509 1
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:16.242 0.662 2
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:16.252 0.672 2
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.446 0.866 1
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:16.498 0.918 2
10 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:16.682 1.102 2
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:16.701 1.121 2
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:16.813 1.233 2
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:16.828 1.248 3
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:16.857 1.277 2
15 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:16.862 1.282 2
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16.911 1.331 3
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:16.966 1.386 2
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.599 2.019 3
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1:17.689 2.109 2
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:17.886 2.306 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.284 - 2
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.538 0.254 2
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.566 0.282 4
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:17.028 0.744 2
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17.045 0.761 4
5 null null 1:17.045 0.761 4
6 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:17.059 0.775 4
7 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:17.336 1.052 3
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:17.525 1.241 3
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:17.565 1.281 3
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.623 1.339 3
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:17.731 1.447 2
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:17.819 1.535 2
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.145 1.861 3
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:18.445 2.161 3
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:18.548 2.264 5
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:18.637 2.353 2
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:18.669 2.385 3
18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:18.698 2.414 3
19 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.839 2.555 1
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.720 - 4
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:16.873 0.153 4
3 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:17.953 1.233 4
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.954 1.234 6
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.046 1.326 4
6 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:18.061 1.341 6
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.100 1.380 6
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:18.133 1.413 7
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.140 1.420 6
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:18.167 1.447 4
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:18.485 1.765 5
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.733 2.013 4
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:19.024 2.304 4
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:19.047 2.327 6
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:19.096 2.376 7
16 Lance Stroll Williams 1:19.219 2.499 4
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:19.322 2.602 4
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:19.335 2.615 5
19 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:19.543 2.823 5
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.670 2.950 4
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.656 - 4
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:17.139 0.483 4
3 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:17.926 1.27 5
4 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.028 1.372 5
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.075 1.419 3
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.322 1.666 3
6 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:17.059 0.775 4
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.746 2.09 6
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:18.936 2.28 6
9 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:19.024 2.368 11
10 Nicholas Latifi Force India 1:19.078 2.422 4
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:19.124 2.468 4
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 1:19.134 2.478 5
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:17.731 1.447 2
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:19.276 2.62 4
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:19.312 2.656 5
15 Lando Norris McLaren 1:19.646 2.99 5
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:19.716 3.06 7
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.853 3.197 4
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:18.548 2.264 5
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:19.899 3.243 6
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1:20.142 3.486 7
20 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 2
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