Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set quickest time in second free practice session for the Mexican Grand Prix, as several frontrunners hit trouble. Mercedes and Ferrari closely matched around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
Ricciardo made a best time of 1:17.801, a tenth faster than Lewis Hamilton in second, as all the frontrunners ran the Ultra Soft compound tyre.
Lewis Hamilton set second fastest, he suffered a huge spin exiting Turn 11, and while he avoided any damage, the Briton lost a portion of track time while his Mercedes team checked his car over. Max Verstappen made his best with a 1m17.964, before an engine issue struck, restricting his race simulation
Ferrari again trailed Red Bull and the Mercedes, in another compromised session, Sebastian Vettel’s in-car fire extinguisher leaking in the early stages.
Vettel ended up fourth, a quarter of a second down on Ricciardo, as Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen followed in P5, with Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top six in the second Mercedes, less than half a second off his teammate.
Fernando Alonso set seventh fastest, finishing as the lead mid-runner, while home hero Sergio Perez took eighth for Force India, two places ahead of teammate Esteban Ocon as Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg split the pair in P9.