Lewis Hamilton got the fastest lap in the first practice session of the Mexican GP. Mercedes' Englishman preceded in the standings – for just over a tenth of a second – the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
Wet and slippery track. During the night rain fell in Mexico City and this contributed to making the conditions of the asphalt on the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit difficult to interpret. The pilots began to turn, fitting the intermediate tires, then moving on to the slicks only when the stopwatch marked an hour at the end of the session. In this context, there were errors: the most obvious was that of Lance Stroll who hit the barriers at the exit of the stadium section, causing the red flag session to be interrupted.
Ferrari cryptic. Both in the Mercedes and in Red Bull it is thought that Ferrari is a bit playing hide-and-seek and that it will show its potential only later in the weekend. Certainly, the SF90 has some speed qualities that could stand out on this track, but it is unlikely that Vettel and Leclerc can really start with the favor of prediction, taking into account all the variables they will have to face. Meanwhile, today the Maranello team has also focused on data collection for 2020: on the back of the SF90 small Pitot tubes have appeared to study the turbulence generated by the rear wheels in curves. While Leclerc got a competitive time, Vettel was left behind with a gap of eight tenths which, at present, does not even seem realistic.
The Top 10. Carlos Sainz continues to carry with him the title of "first of the others" after having obtained the seventh time today, bringing his McLaren behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Behind us we find the two Toro Rosso by Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat. The top ten rankings are completed by Antonio Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo Racing, apparently very close to the contract renewal with the team for next year.
See the complete results of the Free Practice 1 of the Mexican GP