Lewis Hamilton topped the timing pages in Free Practice 1 for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
With the track damp from overnight rain, the drivers began the session by doing their installation laps on intermediate tyres. As the track was drying, the times improved constantly with Valtteri Bottas the first of the top drivers to go fastest on a 1:21.887 on the mediums.
Hamilton inherited top spot with around twenty-five minutes gone in the session with a 1:19.463. The order after the first thirty-five minutes was Hamilton ahead of Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel, Bottas and Alexander Albon, with Lance Stroll the best of the rest in seventh.
The times remained relatively the same until Albon with over thirty minutes remaining in the session, set a new fastest time on the soft compound, posting a 1:17.949. Bottas had gone second and 0.134 seconds off the pace. That was just before Stroll crashed his SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team car into the barrier at Turn Sixteen.
The Canadian remarkably was able to bring his car back to the pits but the leftover debris and the need to move the barriers back into place meant the red flag came out for eleven minutes.
The session resumed with twenty-one minutes remaining, with Albon ahead of Bottas, Leclerc, Hamilton, Verstappen, Lando Norris, and Vettel in seventh. Stroll was eighth by this point as he remained in the garage for the next ten minutes before re-joining the circuit.
Hamilton jumped to first position again, setting a 1:17.327, six tenths in front of Albon with seventeen minutes to go. Verstappen leapt up to second a couple of minutes later and over a tenth behind the Brit before Leclerc improved to move ahead of the Red Bull Racing pilot, setting his time on the mediums.
Alexander Albon ended the session in fourth ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz Jr. was the best for the McLaren F1 Team in seventh and just over a second off the pace.
2019 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: Free Practice 1 Classification
|1||44||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||1:17.327|
|2||16||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||+0.119|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||NED||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||+0.134|
|4||23||Alexander Albon||THA||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||+0.622|
|5||77||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||+0.678|
|6||5||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Scuderia Ferrari||+0.891|
|7||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||ESP||McLaren F1 Team||+1.074|
|8||10||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||+1.266|
|9||26||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||+1.508|
|10||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing||+1.632|
|11||27||Nico Hülkenberg||GER||Renault F1 Team||+1.684|
|12||20||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Haas F1 Team||+1.686|
|13||7||Kimi Räikkönen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing||+1.878|
|14||4||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||+1.972|
|15||3||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Renault F1 Team||+2.172|
|16||18||Lance Stroll||CAN||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||+2.352|
|17||11||Sergio Pérez||MEX||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||+2.390|
|18||8||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Haas F1 Team||+2.523|
|19||63||George Russell||GBR||ROKiT Williams Racing||+3.221|
|20||40||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||ROKiT Williams Racing||+4.239|