«

»

Oct 27

Formula One teams Mexican Grand Prix free practice report

Mexican Grand Prix Formula One free practice report

150x80-flagworldf1Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Mexico.

Formula One teams Mexican Grand Prix free practice results

1 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:17.801 123.750 mph
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.932 0.131
3 Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.964 0.163
4 Vettel Ferrari 1:18.051 0.250
5 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:18.142 0.341
6 Bottas Mercedes 1:18.299 0.498
7 Alonso McLaren 1:18.508 0.707
8 Perez Force India 1:18.728 0.927
9 Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.775 0.974
10 Ocon Force India 1:18.822 1.021
11 Sainz Renault 1:19.060 1.259
12 Massa Williams 1:19.206 1.405
13 Hartley Toro Rosso 1:19.423 1.622
14 Stroll Williams 1:19.524 1.723
15 Vandoorne McLaren 1:19.844 2.043
16 Wehrlein Sauber 1:20.306 2.505
17 Magnussen Haas 1:20.318 2.517
18 Ericsson Sauber 1:20.362 2.561
19 Gasly Toro Rosso 1:21.745 3.944
20 Grosjean Haas 1:25.526 7.725
01 - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

2017 Mexico Grand Prix – Friday

Silver Arrows show promising pace at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

  • Valtteri finished the morning session in P1 with Lewis in P2
  • Lewis ended the day in P2 in the afternoon session, with Valtteri in P6
  • Valtteri ran the Soft (install), SuperSoft and UltraSoft compound tyres in FP1, Lewis the SuperSoft and UltraSoft tyre
  • Lewis then used the SuperSoft and UltraSoft tyre in FP2, Valtteri the Soft and UltraSoft
Driver Chassis No. P1 P2
Lewis Hamilton F1 W08 EQ Power+/05 35 Laps 1:18.290 P2 40 Laps 1:17.932 P2
Valtteri Bottas F1 W08 EQ Power+/03 42 Laps 1:17.824 P1 43 Laps 1:18.299 P6

Lewis Hamilton
It’s been a good day today. It didn’t really start out great, particularly in the second session with the big spin on my first lap. That really threw off the session and obviously made it a little bit tricky to get the run on the SuperSoft. So I put myself on the back foot. But the single lap and then the long run on the UltraSoft was probably one of the best I’ve ever done. I don’t think I’ve ever done 26 laps that consistent, apart from in the race maybe. We got lots of information, the track was feeling better in the second session once the temperature came up. It was great to see all the fans buzzing already today, in the paddock but also in the big grandstands. So overall a good day.

Valtteri Bottas
First practice was good; I really enjoyed it. It is such a fun circuit to drive because it has quite a low grip, so it is definitely challenging. We made some set-up changes for FP2 which went in the wrong direction. So in the end of the session we went back to the original set-up. For some reason I also struggled to get the tyres to work in the second session. That’s why it didn’t look as good as the first one. But I think it was a positive day overall, I’m looking forward to qualifying.

James Allison
That was a pretty positive day overall. The morning session was dominated by graining on the tyre, which then improved in the afternoon session as we normally see here in Mexico. Losing a tyre set on Lewis’ first run in FP2 actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we then had a really nice long run on the UltraSofts later in the session. So between both drivers we got a good look across all the compounds and we’re pretty happy that the cars are behaving well on this unusual track with its very smooth asphalt and challenging conditions for brake and engine cooling. Overall it looks promising for tomorrow and for Sunday as well.

source: mercedesamgf1.com2017 photo album

01 - Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing

MEXICO GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE

DANIEL RICCIARDO

  • First Practice session: 1:18.421, Position: 4, Laps: 28
  • Second Practice Session: 1:17:801, Position: 1, Laps: 26

“Today was pretty positive and it’s always nice to be on top of the time sheets. I still feel we can improve a bit and we know Mercedes always find more on a Saturday when it counts. I think we still need to find a few tenths to stay in the fight, but we will work on that tonight. It’s nice not having to change much on the car because we don’t seem too far off. It’s always tricky here with the low grip and it’s very easy to make mistakes which you could see today with all the spins. You have to be careful, be very nice to your car, have a good feeling and that really helps around here. I think we managed to find a pretty good set-up today with the car and the tyre temperatures, but it doesn’t mean it will be easy for us all weekend. It doesn’t look like I will have to make an engine change, so unless something unplanned happens then I will race from my Qualifying position on Sunday. If she keeps ticking over then we are keeping her in! Sunday will be really close, but today was a good day, so we will try and keep it going for the rest of the weekend.”

MAX VERSTAPPEN

  • First Practice session: 1:18.395, Position: 3, Laps: 16
  • Second Practice Session: 1:17:964, Position: 3, Laps: 17

“The pace of the car seems good, we tried a few new bits for next year this morning to understand them but I didn’t like the feel so we stopped running early. We lost a bit of momentum and didn’t do as many laps as we would have liked, this also meant we fell a bit behind on set-up. This afternoon we were playing catch-up on achieving a good car balance, we didn’t get it where I wanted it but we were still third before we finished so I think the potential is there. Grip is always low here due to the altitude. With the other categories going out later today and laying rubber it should improve the grip as the weekend goes on. The day ended with a MGU-H failure but it was an old engine so nothing major to be concerned about looking ahead for the weekend. Daniel’s pace looked good and we were quickest on all compounds which is very positive. We still don’t have that extra power for Qualifying but I think we look good to fight for a descent result on Sunday as race pace looks strong.”

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The height of achievement

The Autodrómo Hermanos Rodríguez has the distinction of being the highest circuit we visit all year. Naturally that made us wonder about some other lofty marks. After a thorough trawl through the weirder corners of the internet, here are five of our favourite tall tales…

  1. World’s Highest Pub – Proof that Ireland’s greatest export, the pub, has reached absolutely every corner of the globe, the claimant of world’s highest bar is McElroy’s Irish Pub in the tiny town of Chivay, Peru, 3635 metres (11,975 feet) above sea level. Just in case you want to visit, Chivay is a town in the Colca valley, in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. Lying upstream of the scenic Colca Canyon, it has a central town square and an active market and is home to about 5,000 people, who of course needed an authentic Irish bar within walking distance.
  2. Highest Note Ever Sung – According to the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records, this highest note ever sung by a human is G10 by Italian-Brazilian singer Georgia Brown. Brown has a vocal range of eight octaves, extending from G2 to G10, as verified at Aqui Jazz Atelier Music School in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 18 August 2004. G10 is technically not a musical note but a frequency, and this puts her on a par with dolphins, since, biologically speaking, they’re the only mammals with the lung-structure capable of reaching the same pitch – one high enough to counter electric currents and speak through water. Mariah Carey is not far behind Brown, with the arch diva hitting G7 on her song Emotions in 1991.
  3. Highest Car Mileage – This honour goes to the 1966 Volvo P1800 coupe owned by New Yorker Irv Gordon. The now retired science teacher bought the car new and has since racked up well over 3 million miles (5.1m kilometres). He passed the million-mile mark in 1987, hit 2m miles in 2002 and passed the 2m mark on September 18, 2013 on Alaska’s Seward Highway, one of two US states he had yet to visit at the time. Gordon has, naturally, been a stickler for maintenance. He replaces the brakes at about every 100,000 miles, changes the oil of the original engine every 3,000 to 3,500 miles and replaces the transmission fluid and the ignition points every 25,000 miles. He also keeps it clean, diligently washing off winter salt and grime. His Volvo has never experienced any level of failure despite driving a distance that’s equivalent to 120 laps around the world.
  4. World’s Highest Kite – The highest altitude by a single kite is 4,879.54 m (16,009 ft) and was achieved by a trio of Australians, Robert Moore, Roger Martin and Michael Jenkins, in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia on 23 September 2014. The record was attempted at Cable Downs, a 50,000-acre sheep station in far western New South Wales, Australia. To avoid interfering with aircraft, the team had to get permission from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Air Services Australia to fly the kite at a sheep station near Cobar in Western Australia. The trio needed 12.2 kilometres of string to get the kite to its record-setting altitude.
  5. 5 Highest ever flight – This falls into a number of categories, depending on power source. For air-breathing jet engines, the highest current world absolute general aviation altitude record is 37,650 metres (123,520 ft) set by Aleksandr Vasilyevich Fedotov, in a MiG 25 on 31 August 1977. The aircraft, generally codenamed Foxbat by NATO, was actually a MiG-25RB, fitted with the powerful R15BF2-300 engine. Flying this aircraft he reached the record height above Podmoskovnoe, Russia. For rocket planes, the highest altitude obtained by a manned aeroplane is 112,010 m (367,487 ft) by Brian Binnie in the Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne on 4 October 2004 at Mojave, CA. The SpaceShipOne was launched at over 13,300m (43,500 ft).

source: redbullracing.com2017 photo album

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

coming soon

source: formula1.ferrari.com2017 photo album

Sahara Force India pink logo.jpg

Sahara Force India F1 Team

2017 Mexican Grand Prix: Practice Report

SERGIO PEREZ – VJM10-02

FP1 1:19.240 P7 21 laps
FP2 1:18.728 P8 41 laps

Sergio: “I’m feeling happy with how things have gone today – it’s been a positive start to our Mexican Grand Prix weekend. We looked strong from the start of morning practice and we’ve taken some important steps to improve the car across the two sessions. It’s never easy finding the right balance here because the high altitude has a big impact on the car: you slide around more with the lack of downforce and it makes things quite tricky. It was important to cover so many laps today and we have a big job tonight to understand the tyres, the car balance and where we can improve ahead of qualifying.”

ESTEBAN OCON – VJM10-04

FP1 Did not take part
FP2 1:18.822 P10 42 laps

Esteban: “It’s never ideal to miss a session because you always improve with every lap. For this reason, it was crucial I had as much track time as I could in FP2 and I have to say thank you to our crew. It wasn’t an easy job to get the car repaired in two hours but we managed it: their work gave me even more motivation to go out and do a good job. In terms of balance, the car still needs a bit of work: the feeling I have is not perfect yet, but there is plenty more to come ahead of qualifying tomorrow.”

ALFONSO CELIS – VJM10-04

FP1 1:22.342 P19 17 laps
FP2 Did not take part

Alfonso: “It was a very special feeling being on track in FP1 in front of my home crowd. I love the track and really wanted to put on a good show.  Unfortunately I pushed a bit too hard and ended the session early. I turned in and lost the rear at the final corner. The track had quite low grip and several other cars did the same thing, but I made contact with the wall. I wanted to show the true performance of the car today, but it just didn’t happen. In the early part of the session I was working through some set-up items and I also ran with the halo for the first time.”

ROBERT FERNLEY, DEPUTY TEAM PRINCIPAL

“It’s been a busy Friday. This morning we evaluated some updated parts, gathering data to understand their effects on the car. The red flags cost us some track time, but we split the programme between the cars and collected a huge amount of data. Alfonso was very unlucky, making a small error and clipping the wall. The track was changing very quickly and he got caught out. There is a lot of data to analyse tonight, working with our colleagues back at the factory in Silverstone to make sure we put the best possible car on track tomorrow. The data from short and long runs shows it’s going to be a tight weekend, but I feel we are in a good position going forward.”

source: forceindiaf1.com2017 photo album

Williams Martini Racing logo.jpg

Williams Martini Racing

Coming soon

source: williamsf1.com2017 photo album

05 - McLaren Mercedes

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team

 

2017 Mexican Grand Prix – free practice

“We’re pleased with the work we’ve managed to complete today”

#MexicoGP
It was a contrasting first practice session for our two drivers as Stoffel suffered an PU issue, and after three installation laps was forced to sit out the rest of FP1. The team detected an anomaly in the data coming from his power unit, which following initial interrogation in the garage could not be diagnosed, so it was decided that the engine should be changed in order to further investigate the issue.

Conversely, Fernando had a smooth and ultimately positive session. He was able to conduct a productive test programme, gathering a lot of useful data for the team and performing a number of aero correlation tests. He completed 20 laps and finished the session in eighth.

The mechanics did a good job to change Stoffel’s power unit in time for FP2, and he was able to get out on track shortly after the pit lane opened at the start of the session. Both drivers had a trouble-free afternoon – Stoffel getting to grips with the car’s handling after an interrupted morning, and Fernando evaluating various set-up changes and aero components. Towards the end of the session, both drivers turned their attention to longer runs and towing practice. Fernando completed 26 laps and finished 7th, Stoffel did 32 laps and finished 15th.

The drivers 

Fernando Alonso

  • #FA14  MCL32-05
  • FP1 1m19.346s (+1.522s) 20 laps 8th
  • FP2 1m18.508s (+0.707s) 26 laps 7th

“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.”

Stoffel vandoorne

  • #SV2  MCL32-04
  • FP1 No time set 3 laps 20th
  • FP2 1m19.844s (+2.043s) 32 laps 15th

“I had an engine problem in FP1 which obviously limited our mileage. In FP2 too it was difficult for us to get out of the box at the beginning of the session due to a loose wheel, but we managed to complete our programme for that session and gather the data we needed.

“I hope tomorrow we will have a trouble-free day and continue our weekend as normal. I’m pleased we’ve managed to find the root of the PU problem we had in the first session, and hopefully we can get as much mileage as we can in FP3 tomorrow before qualifying.

“On a new track, mileage is always the most important thing to achieve, especially when you’re trying to dial in the car to the circuit in tricky conditions like the high altitude we experience here. I feel positive that we can find a better feeling in the car tomorrow provided we can get the track time, and collect as much information as possible ahead of qualifying and the race.”

The management

Eric Boullier

McLAREN HONDA RACING DIRECTOR 

“After a frustrating start for Stoffel we ended the day productively by gathering useful data from both cars in the second session.

“Following the issue on Stoffel’s car in FP1, we elected to change his PU to diagnose the problem outside the car. Fortunately, the engine he was running was from our pool, and therefore it hasn’t limited our resources for the rest of the weekend but simply necessitated that we bring our programme forward.

“Stoffel and his engineers ran the second session very efficiently to try to compensate for his lack of running this morning – a situation which hadn’t helped his programme, especially on a track on which he’s never raced before. However, he did a sterling job this afternoon to complete a full run plan and collate useful information for his team to process overnight.

“Fernando enjoyed two smooth sessions where the team was able to gather useful data ahead of the weekend and provide his engineers with valuable feedback on the car’s handling around this circuit. We know this track is a challenging one for us and we’re hampered by penalties for both cars, but we’re pleased with the work we’ve managed to complete today, in spite of the PU issue, and we hope to be able to start on the front foot tomorrow with more useful running.”

SATOSHI NAKAMURA

HONDA R&D CO. LTD PRINCIPAL ENGINEER

“For today’s running, both drivers started with a new PU. We changed Fernando’s PU because of the issue he had with his MGU-H in the USA, and Stoffel’s PU change was more strategic in order to help with reliability for the final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

“During both practice sessions, Fernando completed his programme in accordance with the schedule. Although we have been expecting a tough challenge here with regards to controlling the power extraction due to the thinner air at 2,200m, the performance he showed today was rather encouraging in terms of his competitiveness.

“As for Stoffel, we found a potential issue in his data at the beginning of FP1 and decided to change his PU as a precaution. Although it was frustrating to lose most of the session, we found the issue was very minor and there was no damage to the PU. Stoffel was then able to recover his programme, completing 32 laps in FP2.

“It’s frustrating that we’ll have to start the race on Sunday with both cars at the back of the grid. However, we know that anything can happen in the race. For this reason, we’ll continue to focus on our set-up for long runs in tomorrow’s session.”

source: mclaren.com2017 photo album

Scuderia Toro Rosso logo

Scuderia Toro Rosso

2017 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 27/10/2017

Brendon Hartley (STR12-04, Car 28)

  • First Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:21.747, pos. 18th, 10 laps
  • Second Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:19.423, pos. 13th, 40 laps

“We had a bit of a slow start this morning because of an engine problem from the word go in FP1, so we lost a bit of time, but the team did a great job to get the car ready for this afternoon’s FP2. I feel I’m getting better on the short-runs and to end up P13 isn’t bad. I learned some good lessons on the longer runs and, even if we had an engine failure, the rest of the day was very positive and I got a lot out of it. I’m a lot more well-prepared than a week ago! We will now work hard tonight and I look forward to tomorrow!”

Pierre Gasly (STR12-01, Car 10)

  • Second Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:21.745, pos. 19th, 10 laps

“Not much running for me today unfortunately – I sat out in FP1 as Sean was in the car this morning and this afternoon I was only able to complete one lap… We then had an engine issue and had to stop the car. On Sunday I will have a penalty for the race… So not a good day for us, but it is what it is, we can’t do much about it now. We will have a really busy day tomorrow because I don’t know the track, so we’ll have only FP3 to learn it and to get ready for quali and the race. We’ll do as much as we can and keep pushing the rest of the weekend!”

Sean Gelael (STR12-01, Car 38)

  • First Practice Session
  • Best lap: 1:21.639, pos. 17th, 29 laps

“Finally, a completely dry FP1 session! I’m very happy with this morning’s consistent weather conditions, it was a really positive session for me. I was happy with my first outing and set quite a good lap. Then, on my second set of tyres, we had a few small issues and I also got caught in some traffic, so I didn’t really get any decent laps, which was a shame… But, having said that, as a team we got everything we wanted and needed from the session, so we can be pleased. Overall, I’m happy with everything I did today – a good way to end the season with the team, as this was my last FP1 of the year and to finish on a positive note is always good!”

Jonathan Eddolls (Chief Race Engineer)

“A very difficult day for us all round… Unfortunately, we had a Power Unit issue on each side of the garage today. In FP1, we had an issue with Brendon’s car, which meant he had really bad drivability, so he was really struggling with the car and, in the end, it was a terminal issue, so we had to stop him and fit a spare engine that was already in the pool – so he can do this without a penalty – and that meant it was the end of his session. Sean was in the other car for FP1, because we knew that unfortunately Pierre needs to take a grid penalty this event, so that’s why we decided to sit him out during this morning’s session. That wasn’t a completely smooth session either for Sean; he also suffered drivability issues with the PU side. We thought we would get away with it going into FP2 but it also became a terminal issue in this afternoon’s FP2 with Pierre… We’re happy to have him back after his last race weekend in Japan and look forward to working together again. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best welcome back for him, as he had almost no running today. Not a good start to the weekend, but another PU goes into Pierre’s car tonight, and we just plan to do as many laps as we can with him tomorrow to get him up to speed – I know he’s fully capable. We’re also struggling with the cooling of the car in general, so that was another big focus of our day – this is a track where the ambient pressure is so different to anywhere else, that it’s very hard on engine and cooling system, so we were testing lots of things throughout the day to find the optimum going into the race. Even with all of the challenges there are some positives: the pace looks pretty good regarding the low-fuel runs – we’re happy where Brendon was – and on the high-fuel the pace and degradation look reasonable. So, all in all, a difficult day, but also with some positives to take from it.”

source: scuderiatororosso.com2017 photo album

11 - Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Overview

Event:  Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 (FP1 and FP2) 

Date:  Friday, Oct. 27

Location:  Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City

Layout:  4.304-kilometer (2.674-mile), 17-turn circuit

FP1 Weather:  Sunny

FP1 Air Temps:  16-19.8 degrees Celsius (60.8-67.6 degrees Fahrenheit)

FP1 Track Temps:  27.7-37 degrees Celsius (81.9-98.6 degrees Fahrenheit)

FP2 Weather:  Sunny

FP2 Air Temps:  22.2-25 degrees Celsius (72-77 degrees Fahrenheit)

FP2 Track Temps:  45.3-48 degrees Celsius (113.5-118.4 degrees Fahrenheit)

Drivers:  Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Giovinazzi

FP1 Rundown

Magnussen:  13th quick (1:20.644), 16 laps completed

Giovinazzi:  15th quick (1:21.269), 26 laps completed

Fastest Driver:  Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (1:17.824)

Most Laps:  Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (42 laps)

FP2 Rundown

Magnussen:  17th quick (1:20.318), 35 laps completed

Grosjean:  20th quick (1:25.526), 3 laps completed

Fastest Driver:  Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull (1:17.801)

Most Laps:  Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (43 laps)

Recap

The third to last round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Friday at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City as teams prepared for the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday.

 

Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – on the 4.304-kilometer (2.674-mile), 17-turn circuit were run under sunny and comfortable conditions, with Antonio Giovinazzi joining Haas F1 Team’s regular driver lineup of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

 

Giovinazzi, the third driver for Scuderia Ferrari, took the wheel of the Haas VF-17 in FP1 for the fifth time this season. The 23-year-old from Martina Franca, Italy, drove in place of Grosjean, who relinquished his seat for Giovinazzi to gain some additional Formula One experience.

 

Giovinazzi ran a total of 26 laps, the best being a 1:21.269 on his 19th lap that put him 15th overall. Giovinazzi ran 18 laps on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tire before switching to the Red supersoft tire for the remainder of the session.

 

Giovinazzi’s car was outfitted with Haas F1 Team’s previous generation aero package to perform a better comparison test with the new aero package the team debuted in last weekend’s United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The updated aero package includes more intricate bargeboards designed to channel dirty air from the wake of the front tires away from the lower sidepod area.

 

Magnussen’s Haas VF-17 was equipped with the new aero package, but he was only able to run 16 laps in FP1 as a small water leak impacted his session. His quick time of 1:20.644 came on his final lap and it placed him 13th among the 20 drivers. Magnussen ran exclusively on supersofts in FP1.

 

Leading the way in FP1 was Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, whose fast lap of 1:17.824 was .466 of a second better than the next quickest driver, teammate Lewis Hamilton. It also set a new benchmark for Formula One at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, with the lap surpassing the previous track record of 1:18.704 set by Hamilton in the final round of qualifying for last year’s Mexican Grand Prix.

 

Grosjean returned to his Haas VF-17 in FP2, but it was short-lived. As he powered through the final corner at Perlatada on only his second timed lap, the rear end of his car stepped out and sent him into a spin. Grosjean did a masterful job of keeping it off the wall, and he was able to return to the track intent on bringing his car back to the garage. But on his way to the pits to change his flat-spotted tires, the left-rear tire lost several pieces, damaging the floor and rear wing. This made for a lengthy repair and Grosjean was unable to return to the track. ​

 

Magnussen, meanwhile, shaved .326 of a second off his FP1 time with a 1:20.318 on his 14th lap while utilizing the ultrasoft tire. He ended the session as the 17th fastest driver with 35 laps completed. The first nine of those laps were run on supersofts with a 21-lap stint on ultrasofts before transitioning back to the supersofts in the waning minutes.

 

Atop FP2 was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. His quick time of 1:17.801 was .131 of a second faster than next best Hamilton and usurped Bottas’ fast lap from FP1 by .023 of a second to set a new track record.

 

Between the two sessions, Haas F1 Team ran a total of 80 laps – 51 by Magnussen, 26 by Giovinazzi and three by Grosjean.

Romain Grosjean, driver #8

“The car was very on the nose on the lap I did. I really struggled with the rear end. Initially, I didn’t know what was happening – if we had too much aero balance or just didn’t get the setup right. I had that spin that I wasn’t expecting, and then I saw the tire flying apart. I don’t know which came first, the eggs or the chicken, but it felt pretty strange on that lap. We need to get some laps tomorrow, but we’re never going to get a long run. Clearly you shoot yourself in the foot when you’ve got a Friday when you don’t drive in FP1 and FP2. Again, we’ll try to do our best for tomorrow. I believe we’ve got two sets of ultrasofts to prepare for qualifying in FP3. From there, we’re just going to guess what we need for the race.”

Kevin Magnussen, driver #20

“Looking positively, we went through the program and got through everything we had planned today. We obviously have quite a lot of pace to find and a lot of work to do, but we’ll look at it tonight.”

Antonio Giovinazzi, FP1 driver

“It was a good session with a lot of laps, which was the target. We had a good run on soft tires before jumping onto the supersofts. I got a lot of laps in, learned a lot. It was good to feel the car and learn a new track. The track is always dirty in FP1, and I ran in the first 10 minutes of the session when it was really dirty, almost like a street track. Then it got better and better. I’m really happy with my session and I’m looking forward to going again in Brazil.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal

“Obviously, we’ve had a tough and long day. Our only focus now is to get everything going again for tomorrow. We’ve got a lot of things to do, and we need to keep our focus. We’re planning to do better tomorrow. Nothing is given, but we will do our best.”

Next up

Drivers have one more practice session on Saturday (10:00-11:00) before qualifying starts at 13:00. Qualifying consists of three rounds, with the 15 fastest drivers from Q1 moving on to Q2. Then, the 10 fastest drivers from Q2 advance to Q3 where they’ll battle for the pole.

source: haasf1team.com2017 photo album

Renault Sport Formula One Team logo

Renault Sport Formula One Team

Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2017, Friday

Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Nico Hülkenberg led the charge for the team with the ninth-fastest time on the opening day of the Mexican Grand Prix. Team-mate Carlos Sainz ended the session eleventh at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Alan Permane, Sporting Director – Technical programme notes
• In FP1, Carlos and Nico used Pirelli’s Ultrasoft (purple) tyres.
• In FP2, Nico and Carlos used Supersoft (red) and Ultrasoft tyres.

What we learned today:

• A standard Friday for Mexico.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-04
Free practice 1: P10, 1:19.552, 19 laps
Free practice 2: P9, 1:18.775, 19 laps
Nico: “Overall it was a pretty standard Friday, we missed out on a bit of running but we will manage. The car seems competitive balance-wise but we still have room for improvement. I think we can still optimize the package tomorrow morning but overall, a good start.”

Carlos Sainz, #55, R.S.17-03
Free practice 1: P11, 1:19.554, 24 laps
Free practice 2: P11, 1:19.060, 30 laps
Carlos: “We had a good start in FP1, we were feeling quite comfortable with the car. However, in FP2, we were struggling a little bit to find the right balance. We will work hard on finding the answers for tomorrow and hope to be back in a comfortable spot with the car. I’m sure we can put together a strong Saturday here in Mexico to have good options to help the team on Sunday.”

Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer:
“This morning we were able to get through virtually all of the programme and are reasonably happy with the results. We got clear answers on the tests we did and got a good feel for the car. We ran a relatively conventional FP2 programme but the drivers were less comfortable with the balance of the car so we have a bit of work to do to improve. We had to stop Nico’s car earlier than we would have liked because of a cooling issue, that’s usually a bit of a challenge for everyone here in Mexico City but we will adjust for tomorrow. We gathered enough information to decide what we are going to do for the race.”

source: renaultsport.com2017 photo album

Sauber F1 Team logo

Sauber F1 Team

Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: sunny and dry, 16-25°C air, 28-48°C track

The practice sessions ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix went according to programme. In his third FP1 session for the Sauber F1 Team, Charles Leclerc had his first experience of driving on the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. In the afternoon, Marcus Ericsson took over the cockpit. Together with Pascal Wehrlein, the drivers concentrated on short and long runs in the afternoon, in preparation for the rest of the weekend.

Partner news:
For the second consecutive year, Interproteccion is a Race Partner of the Sauber F1 Team at its home race – the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. The Interproteccion (“Inter”) logo is visible on the engine cover at the back of the Sauber C36-Ferrari. The Mexican group of companies specialises in insurance brokerage. The successful cooperation between the Sauber F1 Team and “Inter” started in 2011, and goes into its 7th year this season.

Charles Leclerc (car number 37):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 16th / 1:21.446 min (28 laps)
“It was a positive session overall, as I was also able to run the planned programme. The track was a bit slippery due to the low grip. It was a nice experience and the track is fun to drive on; I really liked it. It has a bit of everything, all kinds of corners. I am learning more and more each time I drive the car, and I am really looking forward to getting back into the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the free practice session in Brazil.”

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
2nd practice: 18th / 1:20.362 min (38 laps)
“It was a bit of a challenge for me to only start driving in FP2 today. I had a bit of catching up to do, but I was satisfied with being on the pace quickly. Overall it was a positive day. Unfortunately, I was having some issues with the car throughout the session, and we are working on understanding the causes so that we can improve for tomorrow. Overall, it was a decent session for me.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 14th / 1:20.971 min (30 laps) / 2nd practice: 16th / 1:20.306 min (38 laps)
“Today was an OK day for me. I was able to complete a good number of laps and worked through the programme. In FP1, we tried different set-ups on soft and supersoft tyres, whereas we focused on qualifying and race preparations in the afternoon. Overall it was a productive day. We are going to keep working on our performance, in order to continue the weekend on this positive note.”

source:  sauberf1team.com2017 photo album

Pirelli logo

Pirelli

coming soon

source: pirelli.com2017 photo album

Renault Sport logo

Renault Sport

coming soon

source: renaultsport.com

Share