MEXICO CITY – Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the day during Mexican Grand Prix practice on Friday at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Vettel put his Ferrari on top of the scoring pylon with a 1:16.607, which was .115 seconds ahead of the Red Bull driven by Max Verstappen. From there it was a big gap to the rest of the field, with Charles Leclerc clocking in nearly a half a second slower than his Ferrari teammate.
Valtteri Bottas was fourth fastest overall on the day, .614 seconds behind Vettel. His teammate, championship leader Lewis Hamilton, ended the day nearly a second back of Vettel in fifth after leading the first practice.
The second practice was interrupted when Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, who caught the curb in turn seven and crashed into the barriers, resulting in a lengthy red flag period to remove the stricken Red Bull from the track.
Several other drivers had issues throughout the day, with Leclerc and Bottas both spinning during the second practice, though both continued without incident. Leclerc actually spun twice, with his second spin coming at the end of the second practice.
In the first practice Racing Point’s Lance Stroll also found the barriers after a crash in turn 16, leading to a 10-minute red flag. He was able to returned to the track in the second practice, setting the 11th fastest time.