Mexico GP: McLaren looking strong on Friday

It’s been a satisfying Friday for Fernando & McLaren. After some good progress, Fernando has set 8th & 7th in the first two practice sessions.

“I would say that today has been a very positive and productive Friday. We did a lot of laps, a lot of tests, and most of them gave us good feedback. We were only seven tenths away from the fastest time and two tenths from Bottas, so surprisingly competitive in both sessions on such a complicated circuit.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult race anyway, starting from the back, and with little chance of overtaking because of our top speed. In some ways we have to sacrifice this race in order to have a fresh engine in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

“We also don’t yet know which way to go for qualifying – we need to decide on a few things in terms of tyres, and see which decision gives us the least painful result.

“The stadium section is such an incredible view! It’s so nice to see so many people in the grandstands here already, on a Friday.”

Formula 1 2017 Mexico GP Free Practice One Results
# Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Valtteri Bottas 1:17.824 42
2. Lewis Hamilton 1:18.290 +0.466s 35
3. Max Verstappen 1:18.395 +0.571s 16
4. Daniel Ricciardo 1:18.421 +0.597s 28
5. Sebastian Vettel 1:18.586 +0.762s 28
6. Kimi Räikkönen 1:19.008 +1.184s 27
7. Sergio Perez 1:19.240 +1.416s 21
8. Fernando Alonso 1:19.346 +1.522s 20
9. Felipe Massa 1:19.443 +1.619s 32
10. Nico Hulkenberg 1:19.552 +1.728s 19
Formula 1 2017 Mexico GP Free Practice Two Results
# Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Daniel Ricciardo 1:17.801 26
2. Lewis Hamilton 1:17.932 +0.131s 40
3. Max Verstappen 1:17.964 +0.163s 17
4. Sebastian Vettel 1:18.051 +0.250s 35
5.. Kimi Räikkönen 1:18.142 +0.341s 40
6. Valtteri Bottas 1:18.299 +0.498s 43
7. Fernando Alonso 1:18.508 +0.707s 26
8. Sergio Perez 1:18.728 +0.927s 41
9. Nico Hulkenberg 1:18.775 +0.974s 19
10. Esteban Ocon 1:18.822 +1.021s 42