Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari was fastest in FP1 , before George Russell led FP2, which was stretched out by half an hour for a 2023 Pirelli prototype tire test, and was therefore not representative. But Russell set the time on the 2022 spec soft tyres, as he did not contest FP1.
Results of Free Practice 1 (FP1) of the 2022 Mexican GP of F1: Sainz faster than Leclerc
|1||Carlos Sainz Jr.||ferrari||25||1’20,707||191,983|
|3||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||22||1’20,827||0.120||0.074||191,698|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||22||1’20.827||0.120||0.000||191.698|
|7||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||23||1’21.083||0.376||0.184||191.093|
|10||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||24||1’21.525||0.818||0.215||190.057|
|12||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||20||1’21.820||1.113||0.058||189.371|
|13||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||24||1’21.865||1.158||0.045||189.267|
|18||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||20||1’24.582||3.875||0.336||183.187|
What happened in Free Practice 1 (FP1) of the 2022 F1 Mexican GP?
Two-time world champion Max Verstappen set a 1m23.292s on hard tyres, six tenths ahead of Red Bull teammate and local hero Sergio Perez.
Verstappen lowered that time to 1m22.779s before Pérez briefly snatched the lead with a 1m22.702s to the delight of the crowd. Verstappen then dropped to 1m22.291s, 0.382s ahead of Perez.
Sainz was best of the rest on the hards and his Ferrari, trailing half a second, while teammate Charles Leclerc was first on the softs. Leclerc jumped to the top with a 1m21.546s, then improved to a 1m20.753s on his second lap.
Verstappen was about to overtake Leclerc when he spun in the laps, while Sainz managed to overtake his teammate with a 1m20.707s, the best time of the session. Pérez and Verstappen set exactly the same time on the soft tyres, 0.12s off the lead, with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in fifth, ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Alpine.
There were plenty of incidents on a fairly dirty track early on, and that could be seen in Williams rookie Logan Sargeant going wide at the entrance to the Foro Sol stadium section, while Alonso also went wide in the lacing of the second sector.
The session was red-flagged with 22 minutes to go when Pietro Fittipaldi’s Haas stalled at Turn 2. Meanwhile, Guanyu Zhou’s Alfa Romeo had to be removed from the back of the pitlane when its gearbox failed. was able to move up.
Of the FP1 rookies, Liam Lawson, on his AlphaTauri, was fastest in 16th position, but had a scare and went through the loophole on one of the laps. In the final minutes of the session he caused a red flag when his car suffered a mechanical failure and, not having time to cool the brakes, his front left disc caught fire.
Sargeant was 17th, ahead of Nyck de Vries in his last appearance for Mercedes. Jack Doohan (Alpine) had engine trouble on his way to 19th, and Fittipaldi only managed nine laps before his day was up.
Results of Free Practice 2 (FP2) of the Mexican GP 2022 F1: Russell beats Tsunoda
|2||Yuki Tsunoda||Alpha Tauri||30||1’20.798||0.828||0.828||191.767|
|5||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||3. 4||1,21,579||1,609||0.070||189,931|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||34||1’21.588||1.618||0.009||189.910|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||ferrari||3. 4||1’21,693||1,723||0.075||189,666|
|9||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||36||1’21.993||2.023||0.300||188.972|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||32||1’22.371||2.401||0.034||188.105|
|16||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||23||1’22.840||2.870||0.077||187.040|
|20||Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||34||1’23.369||3.399||0.049||185.853|
What happened in Free Practice 2 (FP2) of the 2022 F1 Mexican GP?
As in Austin last weekend, FP2 was a test of Pirelli tires on the 2023 prototypes, with 90 minutes for most drivers. Only those who skipped FP1, due to rookies taking their place, were able to run normally during the first hour of practice.
Pierre Gasly, with the AlphaTauri, set the first fastest time with a 1:22.186, before Sainz lapped in 1:21.943. Mercedes’ George Russell returned for this session, replacing de Vries, and topped the table with a 1m21.742s on medium tyres.
After a short break, Verstappen moved into first place with a 1m21.588s, before Pérez edged him out by 0.009s with a 1m21.579s. Russell rode the softs and did a 1m19.970s.
Yuki Tsunoda was second fastest in the AlphaTauri, ahead of Esteban Ocon, both also on the 2022 softs. Just after the first half hour, Leclerc crashed at the exit of Turn 8, crashing his Ferrari into the barriers.
Hamilton was quickest on the experimental tyres, more than 1.5s off Russell’s pace, and less than a tenth ahead of Pérez and Verstappen. The session ended two minutes early when Zhou stopped due to a hydraulic failure at Foro Sol.
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