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FP2 - Ricciardo fastest as Red Bull make their move

27 Oct 2017

Daniel Ricciardo set a new track record to guarantee top spot in an incredibly tight second practice session on Friday afternoon in Mexico, in which just 0.163s split the top three - and less than half a second covered the top six.


Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing 1:17.801 26
2 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:17.932 +0.131s 40
3 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing 1:17.964 +0.163s 17
4 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:18.051 +0.250s 35
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:18.142 +0.341s 40
6 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:18.299 +0.498s 43
7 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren 1:18.508 +0.707s 26
8 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India 1:18.728 +0.927s 41
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:18.775 +0.974s 19
10 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India 1:18.822 +1.021s 42

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton finished barely a tenth down the road in second, but he had Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull for close company - the Dutchman in fact just three hundredths of a second slower than the lead Mercedes.

Ferrari then followed up in fourth and fifth - Sebastian Vettel fractionally ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen - with FP1 pacesetter Valtteri Bottas ending the session in sixth, half a second down on his team mate.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso continued his strong form to claim seventh, ahead of a tight battle between the Force Indias and Renaults - one that was eventually settled in home favourite Sergio Perez's favour, with Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz all fractions of a second down the road.

The session itself was littered with errors and issues - most notably for Romain Grosjean, whose tyre delaminated just after a spin, with the spewed carcass and bodywork damage triggering red flags for a clean-up. Grosjean completed just three laps as a result, well down on the leading tally of 43, set by Bottas.

Several other drivers - including Hamilton, Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams' Lance Stroll - had spins, although all escaped relatively unscathed.

Verstappen meanwhile was amongst those to encounter technical gremlins - an engine issue forcing the Dutchman to bring his session to a slightly early halt. Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly, back in for FP1 stand-in Sean Gelael, also hit issues and completed just 10 laps, leaving him 19th - just ahead of Grosjean.

WATCH: FP2 summary

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