Hydraulic problem sidelines Bottas

Date published: October 27 2018

Valtteri Bottas could be hit with a grid penalty for the Mexican GP after a hydraulic failure curtailed his running in FP3.

Rain or shine, never let it be said that the Mexicans skimp on the entertainment.

Haas put their time in the build-up to FP3 to good use…

Drivers all complained of the track conditions being too mixed as they ventured out for installation laps. Too wet into some corners, too dry into others.

As such there wasn’t a whole lot of running in the first 20 minutes.

In 30 minutes only 15 drivers put in a lap, the other five opting to stay in the pits. Fernando Alonso eventually broke the silence.

Sergio Perez delighted his Mexican fans as he left the pits in his Force India.

Valtteri Bottas’ session ended early as a hydraulic problem forced him to park his W09.

Charles Leclerc was quickest with five minutes remaining…

Max Verstappen put in a late run to go quickest of all with a 1:16.284.

More to follow…