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27 Oct 22:51 100th win for Mercedes team.
27 Oct 22:50 Bottas P3 and Leclerc P4.
27 Oct 22:50 Vettel in P2.
27 Oct 22:50 Lewis Hamilton wins the Mexican Grand Prix.
27 Oct 22:49 We are on lap 71. One to go.
27 Oct 22:44 Vettel told he has 5 more laps to push Hamilton.
27 Oct 22:35 Iceman told to box this lap, he will retire. His second DNF in the last 4 races.
27 Oct 22:34 Lap 60/71 - 11 to go.
27 Oct 22:33 Leclerc goes wide and costs him some time.
27 Oct 22:32 Bottas told to get out of the tow as his car is getting too hot.
27 Oct 22:23 Ricciardo pits and Norris has his 4th DNF.
27 Oct 22:22 Lap 50/71 and Ricciardo is yet to pit!
27 Oct 22:18 Pit window open.
27 Oct 22:12 Leclerc pits but lost 4 seconds!
27 Oct 22:11 Leclerc complaining that his tyres are done.
27 Oct 22:10 Local hero Checo battling for p7 with Verstappen.
27 Oct 22:06 Leclerc leads.
27 Oct 22:05 Hamilton and Albon likely to box again.
27 Oct 22:03  Vettel told to box and push.
27 Oct 22:03 Bottas comes out the pits behind Hamilton and Albon.
27 Oct 22:03 Crew standing by for Vettel.
27 Oct 22:02 Vettel loses some time as he slams on the brakes for some traffic.
27 Oct 21:59 Mercedes confident they can win this race, Hamilton not sounding too sure.
27 Oct 21:53 Hamilton feels he was brought out way too early.
27 Oct 21:50 Leclerc told to push, but he complains about the tyres.
27 Oct 21:49 Hamilton takes fastest lap again.
27 Oct 21:48 Lap 25/71. Max up to p12.
27 Oct 21:47 Vettel told to get into box 'mode' while they think.
27 Oct 21:46 Vettel told to box, but the German sounds hesitant.
27 Oct 21:46 Vettel, Bottas, Leclerc, Hamilton.
27 Oct 21:44 Leclerc coming in early could very well be to his advantage.
FINISH Well, as Hamilton is lifted on to the podium atop his car (no, really), Ferrari and Red Bull will be wondering what could have been, rueing their pit errors and poor strategies. Happily for them and us, they only have to wait a week before they can get to righting those wrongs at the United States Grand Prix. Join us from Friday onwards to watch them try to do so, and to see Hamilton surely become a World Champion for the sixth time. Gracias and Adios!
FINISH The stewards have decided to give Kvyat a ten-second penalty, so the full finishing order is as follows: P1 Hamilton, P2 Vettel, P3 Bottas, P4 Leclerc, P5 Albon, P6 Verstappen, P7 Perez, P8 Ricciardo, P9 Gasly, P10 Hulkenberg, P11 Kvyat, P12 Stroll, P13 Sainz, P14 Giovinazzi, P15 Magnussen, P16 Russell, P17 Grosjean, P18 Kubica, P19 Raikkonen (DNF), P20 Norris (DNF)
FINISH The Aussie will take P8. His team-mate Hulkenberg was running in P9 but was shunted into the wall by Kvyat at the final corner and dropped to P11. The Russian, who is now under investigation, finished P9, getting his team-mate a top ten finish in the process.
FINISH Max Verstappen made a solid recovery after a disastrous opening few laps to finish P6, but he'll be severely disappointed with how the weekend has gone. Much to the delight of the home fans, Perez held off Ricciardo to take P7 and a solid haul of points.
FINISH Leclerc comes home in P4 after failing to pull off a two-stop race, while Albon continues to impress at Red Bull and finishes P5.
FINISH Vettel and Bottas cross the line a few seconds later, with Bottas's P3 meaning the title fight goes on to Austin...
FINISH Lewis Hamilton wins the Mexican Grand Prix!
Lap 71 Final lap...
Lap 70 Perez vs Ricciardo is the only on-track fight now, and it looks like the Mexican will hold on for P7.
Lap 67 It looks like it's going to be a disappointing last few laps as Hamilton continues to set quick times.
Lap 65 2.1 seconds between Hamilton and Vettel. Seven laps left.
Lap 63 Vettel still waiting for Hamilton's tyres to drop off, but no signs of that happening.
Lap 62 The most interesting battle on track at the moment is for P7 between Perez and Ricciardo. The Aussie tried a move down the inside of Turn 1 but locked up and missed the corner.
Lap 61 Ten laps to go...
Lap 61 Raikkonen the second DNF of the day as he pulls into the pits to retire.
Lap 60 Meanwhile, it looks like Verstappen is trying to go to the end on his 55 lap old hard tyres. Good luck, Max.
Lap 60 Leclerc goes wide at the stadium section and loses a second to Bottas and Vettel.
Lap 57 The gaps at the front: Vettel +2.4, Bottas +0.8, Leclerc +2.9.
Lap 54 The key question at the moment is if Hamilton can make his tyres last to the end of the race. If so, Vettel may struggle to pass him on track. He's currently 2.5 seconds behind him.
Lap 54 Leclerc sets the fastest lap of the race.
Lap 53 Bottas just over a second behind Vettel now. Honestly, I have no clue who's going to win this race.
Lap 52 Ricciardo FINALLY pits after a monumental 50 lap stint and comes out in P8. Norris meanwhile has retired. Basically, they just don't think there's any point him finishing the race.
Lap 51 Leclerc is flying and catching Bottas rapidly.
Lap 50 Albon goes purple with a 1:19.235. He and Leclerc need to keep this pace up if they want to catch those one-stoppers up ahead.
Lap 47 Vettel less than three seconds behind Hamilton, with Bottas a further two behind. Remember though, the Briton will most likely have to pit again.
Lap 45 No such issues for Albon. His team put hards on him in less than two seconds and he comes out eight seconds behind Leclerc.
Lap 44 Leclerc pits for hard tyres and doesn't have the rear put on properly! He lost around four seconds waiting for them to fix their mistakes and comes out in P5.
Lap 43 Looking at Verstappen's pace, he probably would have won the race today if things went differently at the start. A big opportunity missed.
Lap 42 Verstappen passes Perez to move up to P7. How on earth is Ricciardo still going so well on these tyres? Driver of the Day, surely.
Lap 40 Vettel goes purple and is catching Hamilton by a second a lap.
Lap 39 Verstappen now up to P8 and will move up to P7 when Ricciardo finally comes in. It's been a disappointing day for him, but he should at least get a top-six finish.
Lap 38 Vettel does indeed pit and goes onto hards. He is passed by Hamilton and Albon but crucially comes out ahead of Bottas. Assuming Hamilton has to pit again, the race is Vettel's to lose.
Lap 37 Bottas pits for hards and comes out five seconds behind Albon. Vettel will need to pit to cover off the undercut.
Lap 37 Vettel comes up to the battle between Sainz and Gasly and comes perilously close to making contact with the McLaren who was busy trying, and failing, to hold off the Toro Rosso.
Lap 36 Let's not forget about Bottas here. He's running in P2, four seconds behind Vettel and will also do a one-stop comfortably.
Lap 35 There it is. The classic "Lewis, it's James" message on the radio. That's when you know Hamilton is really unhappy.
Lap 34 Vettel has made these tyres last much, much longer than anybody thought possible. A great job by the German.
Lap 32 Hulkenberg now passes Sainz. Surprisingly, the McLaren doesn't look to have great pace at the moment.
Lap 31 Verstappen now into the top ten with a pass on Sainz. He's still waiting for that Safety Car...
Lap 29 Hamilton starting to worry that Mercedes pitted him too soon for a one-stop. Strange, he never doubts the strategies he's put on...
Lap 27 Leclerc reporting that his tyres feel "quite bad".
Lap 26 Verstappen passes Gasly and moves up to P12. Just a view laps ago, he had a bit of contact with Magnussen. That's what happens when the two "hardest" racers on the grid fight each other, I guess.
Lap 25 Vettel stays out. He agrees with the team to let Hamilton go and will try to make the most of fresher tyres at the end.
Lap 24 Hamilton pits! He puts on hard tyres. Can he undercut Vettel? He comes out in P4 behind Leclerc.
Lap 23 Another pit-stop mistake, courtesy of Alfa Romeo, who failed to put Giovinazzi's right rear on correctly. They manage to put it on fully before he leaves the pit-box though.
Lap 22 Perez pits for hard tyres and comes out between Kvyat and Sainz.
Lap 21 Verstappen is currently running in P15, just behind Gasly.
Lap 18 If Ferrari are smart, they'll put Vettel on a one-stop, meaning they have both strategies running. One of them has to work, right?
Lap 17 Sainz, who did a pretty damn impressive stint on those wafer-thin softs, pits for hard tyres and comes out just behind Daniil Kvyat.
Lap 16 Vettel staying out and reports that everything is "peachy". Will Ferrari try to put him on a one-stop strategy?
Lap 16 Leclerc pits for mediums! He'll also be doing a two-stop then.
Lap 16 The Thai driver comes out ahead of Sainz but is passed on the straight and is now stuck behind him.
Lap 15 Albon pits and has no such drama. It's the medium tyre for him, so he'll be doing a two-stop race.
Lap 13 Norris pits for the hard tyre... But it wasn't put on properly! The Briton pulls over at the end of the pit-lane and can, therefore, be pushed back and have tyres fitted again. He'll come out in stone dead last.
Lap 12 Albon has picked up the pace and is pulling away from Hamilton and towards Vettel, who seems to be being held up by Leclerc.
Lap 11 Just over a second between each of the top four at the moment.
Lap 10 Perez passes Kvyat on the pit straight to send the crowd wild! Gasly meanwhile, pits for medium tyres.
Lap 9 Perez and Ricciardo passed Gasly at the start and are therefore both running in the top ten.
Lap 8 Bottas passes Sainz and moves into the top five. On the radio, he's been told that it's "critical" that he cools his brakes.
Lap 7 Upfront, Leclerc leads Vettel by 1.7 seconds, with Albon a further second and a half down.
Lap 7 Verstappen pits for hards and comes out in P20. He'll be praying for a Safety Car or two.
Lap 6 Bottas passes Norris to move up to P6.
Lap 6 Puncture for Verstappen! The Red Bull driver picked it up passing Bottas. it's all falling apart for him.
Lap 5 Verstappen dives down the inside of Bottas at the hairpin, what a move! The Finn fights back and gets back past at the DRS zone.
Lap 4 Hamilton passes Sainz to move up to P4, while Bottas is stuck behind Norris.
Lap 4 Green flags, and immediately Verstappen is all over the back of Bottas. He'll need to make his way through the field quickly.
Lap 3 Replays show Hamilton and Verstappen touched multiple times at Turn 2. Both ended up having to go on to the grass.
Lap 2 Virtual Safety Car due to debris on track. Leclerc leads Vettel, with Albon P3 and Sainz P4. Hamilton is P5 and Verstappen P8.
Lap 1 And we're off! Leclerc gets off the line well as does Vettel, but Verstappen and Hamilton push each other off track fighting for position and both lose out hugely!
13:10 The formation lap is underway. Here. We. Go.
13:05 Are you sitting comfortably? If not, you best hurry. F1 waits for no one. Lights out in five minutes.
13:04 Leclerc says there will be no team order from the boss today. Call me a cynic Charles, but I don't believe you.
13:02 McLaren and Toro Rosso elected to run softs in order to make it to Q3 and therefore start on the less preferable tyre. Both will almost certainly have to do two-stop races, so there could be a real chance for home favourite Perez to get some good points.
12:57 "It's still a long race, there'll be a lot of opportunities". Verstappen sounds rather angry. Well, mad Max on track is always good fun.
12:55 Time for the national anthem. 15 minutes until lights out.
12:53 Leclerc: "It will be very difficult to keep P1, I was happy with P2 yesterday! But yeah, we start first and we'll do our best."
12:50 Horner: "Ironically, it might be a better place to start for Max. I think he would have been murdered by the Ferraris, so if he can get a good start and tow, it's game on."
12:47 More predictable though, is the weather. We've had damp conditions throughout the weekend but the sun has come out today and is here to stay, with temperatures at 20'C and rising.
12:44 The big talking point all weekend has been the extreme tyre wear here. It's been so bad in fact, that the top six have all elected to start on the medium tyre. Whether they'll be able to pit for hard tyres and make it to the end on them is another matter. Pirelli say it's extremely marginal between a one and two-stop race.
12:38 The rest of the starting grid: P11 Perez, P12 Hulkenberg, P13 Ricciardo, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Giovinazzi, P16 Stroll, P17 Magnussen, P18 Grosjean, P19 Russell, P20 Kubica.
12:35 Carlos Sainz is having yet another excellent weekend. The Spaniard was way ahead of the rest of the midfield pack yesterday and starts in P7, with team-mate Lando Norris in P8. Pierre Gasly had an upset stomach yesterday but not only managed to get in the car for qualifying; he made it into Q3! He starts just behind fellow Toro Rosso man Daniil Kvyat.
12:31 The Dutchman, who probably would have got away with it had it kept quiet in the press conference, instead starts in P4, just behind Lewis Hamilton, who can secure the title today if he outscores team-mate Bottas by 14 points or more. The Finn had a heavy crash in Q3 but got away without having to change the car's gearbox or chassis and thus didn't pick up a grid penalty and starts P6, behind Alex Albon.
12:25 Well, yesterday was quite the day. After Max Verstappen put in a stunning lap to seemingly take the second pole position of his career, the stewards took it from him, handing him a three-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags after Valtteri Bottas's crash. Therefore, Charles Leclerc starts at the front ahead of Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
10:30 Hello and welcome to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the Mexican Grand Prix. Lights out at 1:10pm local time.
14:24 Well, Verstappen starts from the front, but it will require some effort from him to avoid being passed by the Ferraris on the straights. With the tyre wear here, strategy could bring Mercedes into the fold too, so we could have some fight on our hands come 13:10 tomorrow. Join us there, and in the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on the Planet F1 website as Verstappen could be in trouble for ignoring yellow flags, and Bottas may well pick up a grid penalty. Yep, it's all happening.
14:18 The provisional starting grid for tomorrow: P1 Verstappen, P2 Leclerc, P3 Vettel, P4 Hamilton, P5 Albon, P6 Bottas, P7 Sainz, P8 Norris, P9 Kvyat, P10 Gasly, P11 Perez, P12 Hulkenberg, P13 Ricciardo, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Giovinazzi, P16 Stroll, P17 Magnussen, P18 Grosjean, P19 Russell, P20 Kubica.
14:12 McLaren saw off the challenge of Toro Rosso to take P7 and P8, with Sainz starting ahead of Norris. Kvyat and Gasly are P9 and P10 respectively.
14:09 Lewis Hamilton starts P4 just ahead of Alex Albon. Bottas qualified P6 but may well start further back, depending on the extent of the damage picked up in his crash.
14:04 Max Verstappen takes pole position! He will start at the front tomorrow, ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. For what it's worth, neither of the Ferraris looked like taking pole from him prior to Bottas's crash.
14:02 Bottas crashes! The Finn flies into the barriers in the final sector and has a huge collision, thus ending qualifying, which means...
14:01 Leclerc was on a quick lap but went wide in the stadium section and doesn't improve.
13:59 Leclerc will be the first of pole contenders across the line. Verstappen will be the last...
13:58 Everyone out for their final runs...
13:56 Carlos Sainz is in P7. He and Norris are split by Kvyat and Gasly.
13:54 The other Red Bull, driven by Albon, is splitting the Mercedes drivers.
13:54 Verstappen takes provisional pole! The Dutchman puts in a 1:14.910, which is one tenth up on Leclerc and two tenths ahead of Vettel.
13:53 Bottas the first of the big boys to complete a lap. He does a 1:15.338.
13:52 Norris sets the first time of the session, a 1:17.117.
13:46 Here we go then. The battle for pole position is underway. Who's your money on?
13:42 The drivers eliminated: P11 Perez, P12 Hulkenberg, P13 Ricciardo, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Giovinazzi.
13:42 The Ferrari and Red Bull drivers back off so that they can start on the medium tyre tomorrow along with Mercedes, who end the session P1 and P2.
13:41 Gasly and Kvyat go P9 and P10.
13:40 Sainz improves to go P4, pushing Ricciardo into the drop zone.
13:38 Mercedes stay on the mediums while Ferrari are heading out on the softs. Interesting...
13:37 Three minutes to go and the cars are heading out for their final runs.
13:35 The bottom five are Sainz, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, Gasly and Kvyat. As mentioned though, Sainz and the latter two are now sticking on the soft tyre and will most likely get back into the top ten.
13:34 Sergio Perez goes P7 at his home race, much to the delight of the crowd.
13:32 Renault seem to have come to life and are currently P6 and P8. However, they're on the quicker soft tyre and may well be passed by Sainz and Toro Rosso if they switch to the same compound.
13:30 Verstappen and Leclerc go P2 and P3, two and three tenths off Vettel respectively.
13:30 Hamilton, on mediums, does a 1:16.4 and is quickly surpassed by Vettel who does a 1:15.914. Bottas meanwhile had to abort his lap after making a mistake at the stadium section.
13:28 Kvyat goes top with a 1:17.712, four-tenths up on Gasly.
13:27 Ferrari too are running the mediums. Nobody wants to have to start on those dreaded softs.
13:26 We have green lights for Q2. Gasly and Kvyat are the first out, both on the medium tyre.
13:21 Those out in Q1: P16 Stroll, P17 Magnussen, P18 Grosjean, P19 Russell, P20 Kubica.
13:20 Grosjean only goes quick enough to take back P18, while Magnussen and Stroll both fail to improve, and are therefore also out.
13:18 Russell moves ahead of Grosjean to go up to P18.
13:16 Giovinazzi is currently the man in danger if any of the bottom five are to improve. His team-mate Raikkonen meanwhile is up in P7.
13:13 Reanult seem to have recovered and are now P10 and P12. Haas, however, are in trouble, with Magnussen and Grosjean in P17 and P18 respectively. Stroll is the other driver in the drop zone alongside them and Williams. Five minutes to go.
13:12 Leclerc goes P3, four-tenths off of Verstappen, while Hamilton and Bottas are P4 and P6, split by Vettel.
13:11 Towards the lower end of the timings, Haas and Renault look to be the slowest of the midfield pack at the moment.
13:10 Verstappen takes us into the 1:15s. The benchmark is set.
13:09 Alex Albon the next across the line, going top with a 1:16.175.
13:08 Sebastian Vettel puts in a 1:16.859 which may well be good enough to get him into Q2.
13:07 Daniil Kvyat goes purple with a 1:17.921, but is quickly displaced by Lando Norris who goes less than a tenth quicker.
13:06 Romain Grosjean the first man of the session to lock up and go off at Turn 1.
13:05 Russell does a 1:19.547 to go ahead of his Williams team-mate.
13:04 Robert Kubica is the first man to do a flying lap, clocking a 1:20.313. "Flying" may be a bit kind.
13:00 Q1 is underway.
12:58 The top three teams may well be looking to make it through to Q3 on the medium tyre. It certainly looks like the better option to start on; it's just a question of whether it's quick enough to do a top-ten time, particularly for Mercedes and Red Bull.
12:53 There were issues of all sorts in FP3. Toro Rosso were concerned about not being able run both cars in qualifying as Pierre Gasly succumbed to, eh, "tummy bug", but he made it out on track towards the end of the session and ended up P7, so he should be fine. Renault meanwhile, had their cooling systems on both cars polluted so didn't manage any laps at all. Again though, they should be okay for qualifying.
12:46 Damp conditions have played havoc over the last few days, but it looks like things will stay dry for the entirety of qualifying. Right now at the track, it's 13'C and cloudy.
12:40 Finding himself between Hamilton and Verstappen, with a mightily impressive lap, was the McLaren of Carlos Sainz. He and team-mate Norris, along with the Toro Rossos, look the favourites to take the four remaining Q3 spots, but with the tyre wear here, things will most likely not be so predictable.
12:38 However, Mercedes did look to have made progress since yesterday, with Bottas just a tenth off the Italian team and Hamilton a further tenth off. Two spots behind them was Max Verstappen, but never count the Dutchman out here...
12:33 The Scuderia found themselves top of the time-sheets yet again in FP3, with less than a tenth separating Leclerc and Vettel, so anything other than an all-red front row will be a surprise.
12:30 Hello and welcome back to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the all-important qualifying session. Six pole positions in a row for Ferrari? We'll start finding out in around 30 minutes.
11:08 Well, Mercedes looked in much better shape than after FP2 yesterday, but you'd think pole position is still Ferraris to lose here. The question is, which red car will it be starting from the front? Oh, and with his record here, never count out Max Verstappen. Join us in just under two hours for what could be a thrilling qualifying.
11:06 That's that for FP3. The finisher order to the session: P1 Leclerc, P2 Vettel, P3 Bottas, P4 Hamilton, P5 Sainz, P6 Verstappen, P7 Gasly, P8 Albon, P9 Norris, P10 Perez, P11 Kvyat, P12 Raikkonen, P13 Stroll, P14 Giovinazzi, P15 Magnussen, P16 Grosjean, P17 Russel, P18 Kubica, P19 Hulkenberg (no time), P20 Ricciardo (no time).
11:04 Bottas's race engineer tells him on the radio "just a tenth off Ferrari, we have a fight on our hands". Maybe a little optimistic; for entertainment's sake, hopefully not.
11:02 The Ferraris take P1 and P2 at the death, both doing 1:16.1s. Leclerc goes less than a tenth quicker than Vettel to top the session.
11:01 Verstappen rather angry with an Alfa Romeo holding him up on a lap that would have put him top. "Unbelievable", he says.
10:59 Hamilton goes just over a tenth slower than his team-mate.
10:58 Bottas, now on the soft tyre, does a 1:16.259 to go top.
10:57 Carlos Sainz goes top with a 1:16.638. That's an extremely good time given the car he's in. Could McLaren put pressure on Mercedes in qualifying later?
10:55 Hamilton goes P3 on the medium tyre, going purple in the middle sector. A good lap from the Championship leader.
10:53 Verstappen takes us into the 1:16s with a 1:16.903.
10:52 Hamilton has just gone off at Turn 1 and bounced across the grass.
10:51 Albon goes purple with a 1:17.370 while Leclerc slots into P3.
10:50 He does just that, doing a 1:17.744 on softs. We're getting close to FP2 times now.
10:50 Bottas goes top with a 1:19.101 on the medium tyre, but Vettel is about to better it.
10:47 Most cars now getting the call to come in and fit slicks. It's going to be a busy end to the session.
10:45 As I say that, Raikkonen heads out on the soft tyre.
10:44 The Haas boys have become the seventh and eighth drivers to set times, and are sat in P5 and P6 on the intermediate tyre. Expect to see a lot of action on dry tyres in the last ten minutes though.
10:37 Pierre Gasly has been spotted! The Frenchman is walking towards the Toro Rosso garage in his race suit and looks set to give FP3 a go.
10:33 Renault have reported that both cars have the same cooling system issue and will most likely not be out for the remainder of the session.
10:31 Half an hour to go here. The on-track action will get better, I promise. Well, I hope.
10:30 The Renault of Nico Hulkenberg is on stands and the German is nowhere to be seen, so they're almost certainly trying to fix some kind of issue.
10:29 Romain Grosjean has just had a bit of a moment, locking up the front right tyre and going off track. That's about as exciting as things get right now.
10:25 Leclerc is back in the pits, while Hamilton is out of his car and having a nice chat with his team. It looks like everyone is waiting for drier conditions.
10:21 Sebastian Vettel is out of the car as Ferrari investigate a sensor issue.
10:20 Verstappen now takes P1 with a 1:26.118 as Kimi Raikkonen becomes the sixth driver to set a time.
10:13 Bottas goes top with a 1:26.781. The track is definitely starting to dry up.
10:12 Leclerc and Hamilton join the Red Bull drivers in setting a time, with the Brit going P2, just behind Albon.
10:09 Verstappen goes top with a 1:28.711. He says the conditions are perfectly fine, but he loves this track and wet tracks, so he's obviously going to say that.
10:06 Alex Albon sets the first time of the day, doing a 1:31.539. The man he replaced at Red Bull, Pierre Gasly, has an "upset stomach", to be polite, and isn't well enough to start FP3. Toro Rosso have looked strong here, so it would be a huge blow if it couldn't take part in qualifying later.
10:00 FP3 is underway, and the track is still damp from earlier rain, so cars are heading out on the intermediate tyre to start with. Lando Norris is the first out on track.
09:53 Rain has been lingering around the track all weekend, and it may well play a part today. However, it doesn't look to be coming until around the time of qualifying, so FP3 should be dry. Under ten minutes until it begins.
09:48 Amid all this, and a heavy crash for Alex Albon, the main talking point was the extremely high tyre wear, with many drivers suffering severe graining. It was so bad in fact, that after the session, Lewis Hamilton said a four-stop race is possible. He may have been exaggerating, but I hope to God he wasn't. I mean come on, who wouldn't want to see some chaos in the pits?
09:41 Mercedes meanwhile had very little positives to take from FP2. Valtteri Bottas finished P4, just ahead of his team-mate Hamilton, and both were way off the pace set by Vettel and Verstappen.
09:35 Yesterday's latter session saw Ferrari assert their dominance, with Sebastian Vettel going quickest with a 1:16.607 and Charles Leclerc taking P3, just under half a second slower. Red Bull, however, will take some hope in the fact that Max Verstappen managed to split the two.
09:30 Welcome to Planet F1's live commentary of FP3 in Mexico City! Half an hour until green lights.
07:00 Welcome back to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the third and final practice session in Mexico. All times are local and FP3 gets underway at 10am.
15:41 Well, things are looking much more normal now after a surprising FP1, with Ferrari the dominant team as expected. There's one more practice session for Red Bull and Mercedes to try and figure out how to catch the Prancing Horse, and it starts at 10:00 local time tomorrow. Join us there.
15:39 The full order: P1 Vettel, P2 Verstappen, P3 Leclerc, P4 Bottas, P5 Hamilton, P6 Kvyat, P7 Gasly, P8 Sainz, P9 Hulkenberg, P10 Norris, P11 Stroll, P12 Perez, P13 Ricciardo, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Grosjean, P16 Giovinazzi, P17 Magnussen, P18 Russell, P19 Kubica, P20 Albon (DNF).
15:34 Sebastian Vettel tops the session, just over a tenth ahead of Max Verstappen and half a second faster than team-mate Leclerc, who span again on his last lap.
15:31 The chequered flag is waving. FP2 is over.
15:27 Many, many drivers complaining about the excessive tyre wear now. A one-stop race is pretty much out of question here.
15:18 Pretty much every car out doing long runs now, so not much happening on the time-sheets. Worth noting that there's just a tenth from Nico Hulken berg in P9 to his team-mate Ricciardo in P13. The fight for Q3 tomorrow could be tasty.
15:07 Bottas the latest of many to lock up and shred his soft tyres. If today is anything to go by, tyre degradation is going to be pretty damn high on Sunday.
15:02 Despite Ferrari looking so strong, they're customer teams are struggling, currently behind everyone except the Williams drivers.
15:00 Half an hour to go here.
14:57 Most cars have now done their qualifying simulations on the soft tyre and are doing race sims. Toro Rosso look to be the best of the rest, just ahead of McLaren.
14:52 Hamilton, doing his first qualifying lap of the session, only goes P5, behind Bottas and nearly a second slower than Vettel. This is looking to be a reality check for Mercedes.
14:49 Verstappen just a tenth off Vettel now. A good lap from the Dutchman.
14:44 Lower down the grid, Albon failed to do a quick lap before crashing out, menaing Williams won't finish the session bottom. There will be parties in their hotel rooms tonight.
14:41 Vettel responds by doing a 1:16.607. The Scuderia are starting to flex their muscles.
14:39 Leclerc blows them both out of the water, going quickest with a 1:17.072. Both Ferraris are running the soft tyre.
14:37 The Dutchman has now matched the Ferrari man's time to the thousandth, and his former team-mate Gasly has gone P3.
14:34 Verstappen and Hamilton both move to within a tenth of Vettel.
14:33 Valtteri Bottas the latest to spin, doing so at the stadium section. Lots of dizzy drivers out there right now.
14:31 The cars are back on track. Just under an hour to go in FP2.
14:26 The broken Red Bull is being removed from the track now.
14:23 Horner: "Alex is fine. Unfortunately he just got a little bit greedy on the kerb, it's just a shame for him to lose the track time."
14:21 Just before Albon's crash, Sainz managed to move up to P4 just ahead of his team-mate. McLaren are looking strong here.
14:17 Replays show the Red Bull driver got too much of his car on the kerb and lost control.
14:17 Red flag! Alexander Albon has hit the wall at the exit of Turn 7 and destroyed the right hand side of his car.
14:15 Bottas is out on the hard trye, currently sat in P7, behind Norris and Raikkonen.
14:15 Vettel improves, doing a 1:17.960 while his team-mate Leclerc's first time is 0.223s slower. The Monegasque has also had a spin at Turn 1.
14:11 Verstappen puts in a quick lap to go just 0.023 seconds slower than Vettel. He would've gone quickest but made a mistake at the stadium section.
14:10 The German does a 1:18.697 on the medium tyre to go top. That's four tenths off his quickest time in FP1.
14:08 The big boys are heading out, with Vettel about to start his first lap.
14:07 Lando Norris now goes top with a 1:19.600 on the medium tyre.
14:04 Raikkonen goes three tenths quicker than Giovinazzi, doing a 1:20.277.
14:01 FP2 is underway, with the Alfa Romeos the first cars out on track.
13:55 The cars are beginning to fire up and prepare to head to the track. Green lights in five minutes.
13:48 It must also be noted that due to damp conditions, Lance Stroll causing a red flag and the Ferraris running on medium tyres, FP1 didn't truly offer us a real reflection of the pecking order. On that note, the track and the forecast both look bone dry for the next couple of hours.
13:41 Ferrari headed into the weekend as favourites but Leclerc and Vettel could only manage P2 and P6 respectively. However, you'd expect them to assert their dominance in this session.
13:38 There was a surprise result in FP1, with Mercedes, who expected to struggle here, topping the session courtesy of Lewis Hamilton, with team-mate Bottas in P5.
13:30 Hello and welcome to Planet F1's live commentary of FP2 of the Mexican Grand Prix!
11:34 Well, a good start for Hamilton, but Leclerc looks frightfully quick already. Join us later on for FP2 where we should see Ferrari go onto the soft rubber for the first time.
11:33 Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Norris, Ricciardo, Stroll, Perez, Grosjean, Russell and Latifi complete the order for FP1.
11:32 Albon, Bottas, Vettel, Sainz, Gasly, Kvyat and Giovinazzi complete the top ten.
11:30 The answer is no, Hamilton tops FP1 ahead of Leclerc and Verstappen, but crucially, Leclerc set his best time on the medium compound and was only a tenth down on Hamilton.
11:28 Two minutes to go, can Hamilton be denied P1?
11:20 Big improvements for Leclerc and Verstappen. The top three are now separated by under two tenths.
11:18 It seems WWE superstar Samoa Joe is in the McLaren garage. Time for somebody to go to sleep!
11:14 Hamilton raises the bar with a 1:17.3 on the soft tyres. Meanwhile Vettel and Verstappen get in a mess thanks to traffic as they look to start flying laps.
11:10 Quite the traffic jam at the end of the pit lane as the session goes green again. 20 mins to go.
11:07 The barriers at Turn 16 are still being repaired. Red flags remain.
11:00 Red flag time. Lance Stroll slides into the barriers at the final turn. He gets going again but there is a fair bit of damage, especially to the rear wing.
10:58 Albon leaps from P9 to P1 with a 1:17.949 on his latest soft-tyre run.
10:54 "Did you say half a second of improvement?," asks Latifi over team radio. "Over one second" is the response. He's already doing a solid job as he auditions for that 2020 seat at Williams.
10:41 Time for the teams to hand their slick tyres back to Pirelli. They will get some fresh rubber and go again shortly.
10:39 Into the 1:18's goes Leclerc - a 1:18.849 on the medium compound.
10:32 A 1:19.035 from Verstappen on the softs sends him into P1.
10:31 Hamilton takes over P1, before Vettel takes that spot, only for Bottas to snatch is back again. The session is ramping up.
10:28 Latifi posts the first time of the session, but that's quickly shattered by Bottas' 1:21.8.
10:18 Charles Leclerc is back out on the inters. It really does seem dry enough for the slicks, Hamilton agrees.
10:14 No times set as of yet. Seems everyone is waiting until the track totally dries from last night's rain before they really go for it.
10:11 Hulkenberg completes his installation lap on the yellow-walled medium tyres.
10:06 An early front wing change for Nicholas Latifi who takes over Robert Kubica's FW42 for FP1. Kubica won't be pleased if that's the new wing which they gave Latifi, the one Kubica wanted back in Japan.
10:02 Plenty heading out early. All on the intermediates. The track is a bit damp but surely not enough for inters.
10:00 The green light goes on. FP1 begins.
09:57 Just a few minutes to go until FP1 gets underway. It's cloudy but dry (ish) in Mexico City.
09:51 FP1 also marks Renault's first on-track action since their DQ from the Japanese GP race result for that brake bias adjustment system. It wasn't illegal, but it was a driver aid, which is meant to be illegal.
09:45 Max Verstappen is surely also in with a shout. The Red Bull driver has won here for the past two seasons and will look to get back in the groove during FP1 as he chases the hat-trick.
09:40 Ferrari though come to this race really fancying their chances. This is a fast circuit and that suits the SF90 nicely. Will the Scuderia show their hand as early as FP1?
09:35 The only man who can stop him is Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas - the Finn must avoid being outscored by Hamilton by 14 points in Mexico or more to stay in the fight.
09:30 Can Lewis Hamilton wrap up title number six here in Mexico City? If so it would be the third season in a row that he has secured the Drivers' Championship at this event. FP1 will give us the first indication of where his performance is at.
07:00 Good morning and welcome to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, home of the Mexican GP and F1's highest track. All times are local and FP1 gets underway at 10am.
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.121 1:36:48.904 1
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:20.053 1.766 1
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:20.041 3.553 1
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:19.603 6.368 2
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:23.785 21.399 2
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:21.482 68.807 1
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:20.489 73.819 1
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:20.807 74.924 1
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:20.533 1 LAP 2
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:32.337 1 LAP 1
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:24.139 1 LAP 2
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:21.625 1 LAP 1
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:20.540 1 LAP 2
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:21.952 1 LAP 1
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:24.201 2 LAPS 1
16 George Russell Williams 1:21.286 2 LAPS 1
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:21.906 2 LAPS 1
18 Robert Kubica Williams 1:21.290 2 LAPS 2
R Lando Norris McLaren RETIRED 2
R Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing RETIRED 3
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:14.758 0
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:15.024 0.266 0
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:15.170 0.412 0
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.262 0.504 0
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:15.336 0.578 0
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.338 0.580 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:16.014 1.256 0
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:16.322 1.564 0
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:16.469 1.711 0
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:16.586 1.828 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.721 0
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.852 0.131 0
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:15.914 0.193 0
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.136 0.415 0
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:16.219 0.498 0
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:16.267 0.546 0
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:16.447 0.726 0
8 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:16.574 0.853 0
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:16.657 0.936 0
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:16.679 0.958 0
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:16.687 0.966 0
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:16.885 1.164 0
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:16.933 1.212 0
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:16.967 1.246 0
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:17.269 1.548 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:15.949 0
2 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:16.175 0.226 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:16.364 0.415 0
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.424 0.475 0
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.696 0.747 0
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:17.041 1.092 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:17.044 1.095 0
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.062 1.113 0
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:17.065 1.116 0
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:17.092 1.143 0
11 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:17.225 1.276 0
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.270 1.321 0
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:17.465 1.516 0
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.608 1.659 0
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:17.794 1.845 0
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:18.065 2.116 0
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.436 2.487 0
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.599 2.650 0
19 George Russell Williams 1:18.823 2.874 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:20.179 4.230 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:16.145 0
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.172 0.027 0
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.259 0.114 0
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.381 0.236 0
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:16.638 0.493 0
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.903 0.758 0
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:17.090 0.945 0
8 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:17.094 0.949 0
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1:17.146 1.001 0
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:17.207 1.062 0
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:17.529 1.384 0
12 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:17.740 1.595 0
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:17.866 1.721 0
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:17.881 1.736 0
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.132 1.987 0
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.527 2.382 0
17 George Russell Williams 1:20.965 4.820 0
18 Robert Kubica Williams 1:22.002 5.857 0
19 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 0
20 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.607 0
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.722 0.115 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.072 0.465 0
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.221 0.614 0
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.570 0.963 0
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:17.747 1.140 0
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:18.003 1.396 0
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.079 1.472 0
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.261 1.654 0
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.349 1.742 0
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:18.362 1.755 0
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:18.366 1.759 0
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:18.380 1.773 0
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.681 2.074 0
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.766 2.159 0
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.889 2.282 0
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.306 2.699 0
18 George Russell Williams 1:19.968 3.361 0
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:20.180 3.573 0
20 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:21.665 5.058 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.327 0
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.446 0.119 0
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.461 0.134 0
4 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:17.949 0.622 0
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.005 0.678 0
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.218 0.891 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.401 1.074 0
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:18.593 1.266 0
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:18.835 1.508 0
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.959 1.632 0
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:19.011 1.684 0
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.013 1.686 0
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:19.205 1.878 0
14 Lando Norris McLaren 1:19.299 1.972 0
15 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:19.499 2.172 0
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:19.679 2.352 0
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:19.717 2.390 0
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:19.850 2.523 0
19 George Russell Williams 1:20.548 3.221 0
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:21.566 4.239 0
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