Mexican GP: Rosberg leads rain effected 2nd practice

Rosberg speeds thru the Stadium Section
Rosberg speeds thru the Stadium Section

As predicted, the lap times came tumbling down after the track was cleaned in the morning session for the 2nd practice for the Mexican GP in Mexico City. Before light rain fell and slowed the cars the last 15 minutes of the session, Nico Rosberg turned a lap of 1m21.531s to top all comers.

The Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were 2nd and 3rd ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the 2nd Mercedes.

Vettel ended the session fifth overall, a fraction of second behind Hamilton. Based on results so far, it appears the Red Bulls and Ferraris may have the measure of the Mercedes in the thin air of Mexico City

The top 6 were separated by just 6/10ths of a second which is fairly close in these Mercedes dominated times.

American Alexander Rossi was 18th in the slug Manor, but a full second quicker than his teammate Will Stevens.

Max Verstappen crashed again and did not turn a lap. Verstappen has gone off early in the final corner on his out lap. He hit the tec-pro barrier with the left front of the car and then the right front.

Results

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m21.531s 0.000s 36
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m21.776s 0.245s 27
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m21.868s 0.337s 28
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m21.961s 0.430s 33
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m21.984s 0.453s 32
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m22.399s 0.868s 33
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m22.721s 1.190s 28
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m22.993s 1.462s 36
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m23.109s 1.578s 25
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.289s 1.758s 32
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m23.290s 1.759s 34
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m23.363s 1.832s 24
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m23.364s 1.833s 41
14 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.430s 1.899s 39
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m23.597s 2.066s 33
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m23.614s 2.083s 26
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.533s 3.002s 34
18 Alexander Rossi Marussia/Ferrari 1m25.940s 4.409s 29
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m26.968s 5.437s 28
20 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 2

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