Carlos Sainz topped the first practice session for the 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc, Ferrari leading the pack on Friday.
The session was ended with a Red flag with under five minutes remaining from the session, as Liam Lawson – replacing Yuki Tsunoda at AlphaTauri – parked the car on the side of the track in the podium section, with smoke coming out of the AT03’s brakes.
In the end Sainz was fastest of all marginally ahead of Charles Leclerc, second fastest in the sister Red Car, as loack hero Sergio Perez was third fastest.
The Spaniard seemed to be enjoying the same form he had back in Austin where he took pole last weekend, but whether he can sustain this speed of the course of the weekend is the question.
Double Formula 1 Champion Max Verstappen was fourth fastest in the #1 Red Bull RB18 after surviving a couple of slides suffering from lack of grip.
On the back of an exciting grand prix in Austin Texas, the 2022 United States Grand Prix, Formula 1 was back in action at the heights of two kilometers above sea level for the seventh time in the sport’s modern history.
Red Bull secured their fifth Constructors’ Title last week in Austin, albeit in sad circumstances as they lost their founder Dietrich Mateschitz, while simultaneously dealing with the repercussions of their 2021 cost cap breach.
But that is now over, as the FIA gave out their ruling early on Friday, and hopefully we can now move on, but who are we kidding, we will not move over and much will be spilled on this subject.
Back to racing, Sergio Perez is pumped up for his home race amid the venue’s contract extension with the F1, and will be looking to be the first Mexican to win his home race, but he cannot count on any favors from teammate Max Verstappen who is adamant he will go for the win himself and break the record of most wins per season.
Will Mercedes perform better around Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez? And what of Ferrari? Or will Red Bull run away with this one as well?
The session was relaunched with 17 minutes remaining on the clock, also Vettel leading the pack out of the pits, but not Jack Doohan as the Alpine he was driving was up on the stands in the team garage with work ongoing. Unfortunate for the young Australian.
The session came to an end with a Red flag caused by Liam Lawson suffering from brake failure in the AlphaTauri.
🚩 RED FLAG 🚩
Liam Lawson’s brakes cry enough, and they catch fire as the Kiwi comes into the stadium section