Day 2 from Mexico City wraps up after a chilly third practice session in the morning and a sunny qualifying session in the afternoon. With an altitude of nearly 7500 ft, this morning began at a brisk 54 degrees F. This gave several drivers trouble getting heat into the tyres and there were many run offs in P3.
Notable moments included Grosjean running off the track yet again, Stroll running wide in the last corner, and Gasly having problems with his Renault powered Toro-Rosso. Verstappen had the fastest lap, followed by P2 Hamilton, P3 Vettel, P4 Bottas. Ricciardo rounded out P5 less than 2 1/2 tenths behind his teammate.
Things heated up quite literally for the qualifying, but the lack of grip still caused trouble as cars slid around the track like a drifting competition. Max Verstappen looked to upset Vettel’s record of the youngest driver to earn a pole position. That seemed probable with Max setting a track record, but Vettel put in a flyer beating Max by nearly a tenth and securing pole for Mexico’s GP. Max was investigated for holding up Bottas on a hot lap, but nothing came of it.
Max held onto P2 as Hamtilon grabbed 3rd and Bottas 4th. Kimi grabbed P5 followed by Esteban Ocon in the Force India for P6. Ricciardo in 7th, then the two Renaults of Hulkenberg and Sainz, finally with hometown driver Perez 10th.