Sebastian Vettel may have surprised many by topping the times in the second practice session ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix. Even though he outpaced Lewis Hamilton by just four thousandths of a second, the result must boost the Italians amidst a poor season.
Nico Rosberg was third fastest, 4 tenths down and only a fraction ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who made it a Ferrari - Mercedes top 4. Daniel Ricciardo was 5th fastest while Nico Hulkenberg was the fastest driver on softs, whereas the cars faster than him had all used the super soft tyres.
The German edged out Verstappen, Bottas and Sainz while Fernando Alonso completed the top 10. The Spaniard saw his running end 15 minutes before the end of the session, for undisclosed reasons.
Daniil Kvyat was 11th fastest. Even though he was a bit slower than his team mate Carlos Sainz, a stoppage on the pit entry due to a "loss of power" at the very end of the session may be the Russian's biggest worry.
Romain Grosjean finally was even worse off, with an electrical problem sidelining him for more than an hour, eventually resulting in the 20th time of the day. That was still faster than his Haas team mate, as Gutierrez ended up slowest, about 2.6s slower than the pace setting Ferrari.
|5||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer||1:20.448||+0.658s||43|
|6||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India Mercedes||1:20.574||+0.784s||43|
|7||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer||1:20.619||+0.829s||42|
|8||77||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Mercedes||1:20.629||+0.839s||41|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1:20.974||+1.184s||46|
|10||14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||1:21.003||+1.213s||25|
|11||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1:21.193||+1.403s||39|
|12||22||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda||1:21.198||+1.408s||39|
|13||19||Felipe Massa||Williams Mercedes||1:21.326||+1.536s||45|
|15||11||Sergio Perez||Force India Mercedes||1:21.579||+1.789s||41|
|17||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mrt Mercedes||1:21.980||+2.190s||42|
|18||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber Ferrari||1:21.997||+2.207s||42|
|19||12||Felipe Nasr||Sauber Ferrari||1:22.037||+2.247s||43|
|20||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Ferrari||1:22.105||+2.315s||14|
|21||31||Esteban Ocon||Mrt Mercedes||1:22.298||+2.508s||44|
|22||21||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas Ferrari||1:22.408||+2.618s||33|