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F1Today's Notebook: Mexico Free Practice One

  • Published on 30 Oct 2015 18:36
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  • By: Harry Shovelar

At 1600 GMT, Formula 1 returns to Mexico for Free Practice One. Teams are having to run a High Downforce Package because of the extreme altitude. Experts believe that because of air density, cars will naturally lose 23% of it's downforce, making them level with what they would experience in Monza.

Hours before the session started, the track was faced with a heavy downfall of rain - exploration on the Inter Tyres were required. The first genuine lap attempted by Max Verstappen, the rather wobbly Toro Rosso managed a 1:35:283 before Sebastian Vettel claimed that slick tyres were required, 20 minutes in the session.

Daniel Ricciardo is the first man to dip under the 90-second mark as both Red Bull's occupy the top of the time sheets. Team Boss Christian is live from the pitlane to SKY TV throughout the weekend and he feels that both Mercedes and Williams are running their Monte Carlo setup, whereas his team are doing the same, but they have to compromise ever so slightly to help with their straight-line speed.

Due to the lack of air flow brake cooling is a major issue. Therefore, all of the teams are running aggressive cooling ducts – the same specification that they ran in Bahrain and Malaysia, which will enable the cars to deliver their desired power for the ultimate, laptime. Due to this extreme, the possibility of Brake and Turbo Failures are increased, with Rosberg suffering from flaming rear brakes while the team radio warns Max Verstappen that his brake temperature is on the limit.

Pirelli's conservative approach to this weekend means that not much tyre testing is needed for this practice session. However, Alonso's dry tyres have undergone some cuts and he is forced out on Inters to run an engine test on a dry track. The Spaniard only manages a couple of laps before his Mclaren ends up with a boat-like understeer, ending his adventure.

Are Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton struggling? Well, their engine certainly is not, as they are attaining a speed of 225MPH on the main straight. Both finishing 7th and 11th - a second off the pace! 

Max Verstappen wins his first session of his career, beating Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Raikkonen by .305 of a second. Although his lap was illegal with him massively cutting a corner - something that he will not be able to do in either qualifying or race. 


1.   NL   Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:25.990      
2.   FI   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:26.295   +0.305  
3.   RU   Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:26.295   +0.305  
4.   DE   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:26.886   +0.896  
5.   AU   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:27.185   +1.195  
6.   DE   Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:27.196   +1.206  
7.   FI   Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:27.303   +1.313  
8.   ES   Carlos Sainz jr Toro Rosso 1:27.410   +1.420  
9.   MX   Sergio Perez Force India 1:27.581   +1.591  
10.   BR   Felipe Massa Williams 1:27.695   +1.705  
11.   GB   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes GP 1:27.723   +1.733  
12.   SE   Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:28.498   +2.508  
13.   VE   Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:28.559   +2.569  
14.   BR   Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:28.579   +2.589  
15.   GB   Jolyon Palmer Lotus 1:28.711   +2.721  
16.   DE   Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:29.099   +3.109  
17.   ES   Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:30.072   +4.082  
18.   US   Alexander Rossi Manor F1 Team 1:30.619   +4.629  
19.   GB   Jenson Button McLaren 1:32.091   +6.101  
20.   GB   Will Stevens Manor F1 Team 1:32.866   +6.876



Written by Harry Shovelar

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  • I am a bit surprised as to why McLaren is not running with their Monza parts. One could think they'd need them for this track.

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    • Oct 30 2015 - 20:56
    • haha, if they did do that, the car would be floating

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      • Oct 30 2015 - 21:25

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