dominates the Mercedes with a half second advantage in free practice

Red Bull was the great favorite to win the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, but what happened on the first day of free practice is scary. Max Verstappen was the fastest rider by far, more than half a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton and slightly less, four tenths, with Valtteri Bottas.

The lowest air density in the Mexico City circuit, which is the highest in the world, historically has benefited Red Bull, the car with the highest downforce in Formula 1. But this overwhelming dominance by Verstappen suggests that there may not be much excitement for victory. Either that, or Mercedes is saving something.

Carlos Sainz has been the best of the rest; reprimand for Hamilton

Bottas Mexico F1 2021

In fact the Mercedes have been in the same battle as Sergio Pérez. The local hero finished with the fourth fastest time, but practically tied with Hamilton and one tenth behind Bottas. The role of the hypermotivated Mexican could be crucial in this Grand Prix, and qualifying in the front row would give his teammate a lot of calm.

The only burning nail that Mercedes can grasp is that Bottas’ best lap, the one that put him second, was when he had already had many laps of tires, indicating that perhaps the star’s they have reserved something to surprise Red Bull and Verstappen in the qualy. But it would take a lot to take away the pole.

Sainz Mexico F1 2021

Behind, the best of the rest has been Carlos Sainz. The Spanish rider set the fifth fastest time, but already one second behind what Verstappen did. It is clear that in Mexico there will not be many alternatives, except for accidents. Like the one Charles Leclerc had in the first free practice sessions.

Leclerc lost control of the Ferrari and fell back against the wall, an incident similar to another suffered by Sergio Pérez a few minutes later. Still, Leclerc finished seventh, with only Pierre Gasly in between him and Sainz. It is confirmed that the Ferrari carries the singing voice of the middle zone in Mexico.

Ocon Mexico F1 2021

Once again the McLarens did not want to take too much of a start in free practice, with Lando Norris in twelfth position and Daniel Ricciardo in fifteenth position. Fernando Alonso was tenth, just behind Sebastian Vettel and a Yuki Tsunoda who confirms that Alpha Tauri is going to be a tough opponent to crack.

By the way, we will have to pay close attention to the track limits this weekend. Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen have already pulled straight into the controversial first corner from Mexico, which has always been controversial. As punishment, the FIA ​​has given them a reprimand, something unusual in free practice. They seem to be serious.

Results FP2 Formula 1 GP Mexico 2021

Position Dorsal Pilot Car Weather Difference Turns
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:17.301 28
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:17.725 +0.424s 31
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:17.810 +0.509s 26
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:17.871 +0.570s 26
5 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:18.318 +1.017s 29
6 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:18.429 +1.128s 29
7 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:18.605 +1.304s 28
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:18.644 +1.343s 31
9 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:18.681 +1.380s 32
10 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:18.732 +1.431s 27
11 7 Kimi Raikkonen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:18.841 +1,540s 25
12 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:18.979 +1.678s 27
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:19.227 +1.926s 31
14 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:19.431 + 2.130s 37
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:19.521 +2.220s 7
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:19.620 +2.319s 30
17 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:19.730 +2.429s 36
18 6 Nicholas latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.820 +3.519s 17
19 9 Nikita mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:21.581 + 4.280s 28
20 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 2

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