Stroll bins his Racing Point in FP1

Date published: October 25 2019

Lance Stroll had the unfortunate honour of bringing out the first red flags of the weekend in Mexico after crashing at Turn 16 during FP1.

Here is how Friday practice played out in Mexico City…

It was all smiles for Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

FP1 marked their first outing since the pair were disqualified from the Japanese GP results for the use of a brake bias adjustment system.

Valtteri Bottas must avoid being outscored by 14 points or more by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton if he wants to keep the title fight alive into the United States GP.

Such big stakes required Bottas’ trusted weapon.

These conditions made the start of FP1 a damp squid – the teams were waiting for the track to totally dry after last night’s rain before they began to push.

The lack of on-track action allowed Haas to provide everyone with some new GIF material.

With just over an hour to go Nicholas Latifi, standing in for Robert Kubica, kicked us off, but Bottas’ 1:21.8 soon dumped the Canadian off top spot.

The times soon tumbled though with Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen all trading P1 duties with Bottas.

Verstappen had reason to be happy, but it was Leclerc who became the first driver into the 1:18’s – and that was on the medium tyres.

Lance Stroll brought out the first red flag of the weekend as he slid into the barriers at the final turn.

Hamilton raised the bar by setting a 1:17.327 on the softs shortly after the session re-started. Leclerc and Verstappen fell just over a tenth short of that time, but Leclerc did so still on the medium tyres.

Vettel meanwhile was struggling to find a place on-track for his Ferrari.

Maybe he needed the help of this guy to put a few of those drivers to sleep?

Hamilton topped FP1, but clearly Leclerc was the one to watch!

More to follow…

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