Ferrari comes to life with Sebastian Vettel taking FP2 in Mexico
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 28, 2016 Updated: 8:13 PM
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel tops the timesheet in the second practice for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix. Vettel finished 0.004s ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton who finished on top in FP1.
If Ferrari can manage to translate today’s result into qualifying tomorrow, they could make Sunday’s race very interesting and give Lewis Hamilton an opportunity to put some distance between himself and his teammate Nico Rosberg who was just 0.431s off Hamilton in today’s practice.
Sebastian Vettel: ”the car seems to work, not only judging from the result but also as an overall feeling. The pace was there not only for one lap, but for all the laps we have completed. Also, we were always ahead of schedule leaving the garage, which is not always the case.”
Lewis Hamilton: “The cars are obviously faster but lap times are pretty strong already. The track is feeling better than it did last year and I feel a lot more comfortable in the car than I did the first time we came to this circuit, so hopefully I can carry that through the rest of the weekend.”
Nico Rosberg: “So, it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve to understand what to do with the tyres – how to get the best out of them for one lap and also for the long runs. We really learned a lot today and it’s not been a bad start overall but we have a lot of homework to do tonight.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finished fourth, was faster than his teammate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo ended the day 0.658s off Vettel with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg in sixth and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas in seventh.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz was ninth ahead of Fernando Alonso for McLaren-Honda as the team’s performance continues to improve. The second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat and the second McLaren of Jenson Button finished 11th and 12th.
Williams’ Felipe Massa was 13th as he struggled with traffic and was 0.116s faster than Kevin Magnussen for Renault. Sergio Perez, one of the home town heroes this weekend, finished his day in 15th.
The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer was 16th ahead of Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein. The Sauber’s of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr finished their day 18th and 19th with Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean only putting in 14 laps due to an electrical issue on his car.
The second Manor of Esteban Ocon crossed the line 21st ahead of the other home town hero of the weekend, Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez.