Verstappen Tops Friday Practice at 2023 Mexico GP

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Max Verstappen dominated Friday Practice at 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix.

Verstappen dominated FP1 and FP2 with two dominant sessions despite facing tough competition from Lando Norris in both sessions, whilst Williams’ Alex Albon surprised in FP1 as teams focused on test tyre running for Pirelli.

Now, here is a roundup of all the action across FP1 and FP2 for 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix.



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Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll were first out on track but it was Sergio Perez who set the initial benchmark time of 1m 23.935 as many drivers ran the test tyre, only for Oscar Piastri on medium tyres to post 1m 23.853 and go fastest in the fifth minute.

Piastri found 0.161 seconds on his next flier in the seventh minute but Williams’ Alex Albon displaced him seconds later with 1m 22.466.

Albon three minutes later found 0.047s only for Verstappen to go fastest in the 11th minute with 1m 21.858, only for Perez to displace his Red Bull teammate a further three minutes later by 0.262s.

Frederik Vesti, Jack Doohan, Theo Pourchaire, Isack Hadjar and Oliver Bearman meanwhile replaced George Russell, Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas, Yuki Tsunoda and Kevin Magnussen at Mercedes, Alpine, Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri and Haas respectively for FP1.

Times began to tumble as drivers started to switch from the test tyre to the three available compounds for this weekend, with Verstappen quickest at the half-hour mark with 1m 20.245 and just 0.004s clear of Albon.

Verstappen eventually topped FP1 with 1m 19.718 set in the 36th minute as Albon fell 0.095s shy in second, ahead of Perez, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc, with Piastri in sixth the only driver to set his fastest lap on the test tyre unlike everyone else on the soft tyre.

Out of the five FP1 drivers, Bearman finished fastest in 15th position ahead of the eldest driver on the grid -Alonso by 0.034s, whilst he was only 0.345s off teammate, Nico Hulkenberg.

Hadjar finished 17th fastest ahead of Doohan and Vesti whilst Pourchaire only managed one lap and no time, due to a brake-by-wire issue on his Alfa Romeo car.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m 19.718
2 Alex Albon Williams + 0.095
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull + 0.297
4 Lando Norris McLaren + 0.519
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 0.579
6 Oscar Piastri McLaren + 0.745
7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari + 0.761
8 Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri + 0.850
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine + 0.959
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin + 0.969
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 1.006
12 Nico Hulkenberg Haas + 1.250
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo + 1.411
14 Logan Sargeant Williams + 1.439
15 Oliver Bearman Haas + 1.595
16 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin + 1.629
17 Isack Hadjar AlphaTauri + 2.223
18 Jack Doohan Alpine + 2.391
19 Frederik Vesti Mercedes + 3.219
20 Theo Pourchaire Alfa Romeo No Time



Russell was first out on the track ahead of Stroll but it was Ricciardo who set the benchmark time of 1m 20.568 in the fourth minute, but several drivers went quicker including Leclerc then Norris who posted 1m 20.109 a minute later.

Early running however was disrupted by a rain shower but it didn’t stop Verstappen who topped the first flying laps with 1m 20.085 in the seventh minute on the test tyre.

Verstappen found 0.574s once he switched to medium tyres in the 16th minute, as Ricciardo went second fastest from Bottas only for the latter pair to be displaced by Leclerc and Sainz a minute later.

Attention soon switched to the soft tyre qualifying simulations as Piastri posted 1m 19.163 to go top in the 23rd minute, yet Verstappen responded four minutes later with 1m 18.686 to top FP2 from Norris and Leclerc.

Race simulations saw little trouble aside from another brief rain shower but Stroll missed much of the last half of the session, after the front-left tyre on his Aston Martin wouldn’t come off during a tyre change which cost him a chance to set a soft tyre lap time.

Alonso meanwhile finished slowest as his best lap time came on the medium tyre after he suffered a spin during his soft tyre qualifying simulation.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m 18.686
2 Lando Norris McLaren + 0.119
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 0.266
4 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo + 0.269
5 Sergio Perez Red Bull + 0.302
6 Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri + 0.316
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 0.338
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine + 0.391
9 Oscar Piastri McLaren + 0.477
10 George Russell Mercedes + 0.541
11 Carlos Sainz Ferrari + 0.571
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri + 0.604
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo + 0.729
14 Alex Albon Williams + 0.760
15 Nico Hulkenberg Haas + 0.849
16 Pierre Gasly Alpine + 0.956
17 Logan Sargeant Williams + 1.214
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin + 1.389
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas + 1.426
20 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin + 1.740

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