A bad time to crash

The asphalt of the Hermanos Rodríguez had not seen activity during the last two years, so the dust curtain that Formula 1 encountered is an expected consequence. The track was dirty and that led to mistakes during the first free practice. The most ‘painful’, not because of the damage caused but because of the lost time, were those committed by Sergio Pérez and Charles Leclerc under the stadium grandstand, in a seemingly innocent curve, right after starting.

They both spun and touched the protections with the back of their cars. Checo’s Red Bull had more damage, half a wing completely broken, while the Ferrari barely had to deal with sagging aerodynamics. In any case, it was not a good time to crash because it compromises the start of a decisive grand prize.

The track conditions improved exponentially so the time table is not entirely reliable. For instance, Verstappen seemed very, very comfortable with Red Bull in all his runs despite third place in the standings behind Bottas and Hamilton. Checo progressed with his foot changed to the fourth. Gasly’s fifth was real, the Frenchman flew from the start of the session. Carlos Sainz was sixth with another early time while Leclerc, eighth, posted his best lap in the final third of training.

Further back, the Alpine start seems low-key. Alonso was seventh after two aborted attempts, but he signed that record almost under the checkered flag. The asphalt had improved a lot by then compared to the times of his direct rivals. McLaren did not stand out and Ferrari seems the reference in the middle zone, although the improvement of Alpha Tauri suggests that in the altitude of Mexico, the Honda engine is at another level. Good for Red Bull, bad for Mercedes.

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