Renault engine: The good, bad and the ugly

Date published: October 26 2018

Friday’s opening practice in Mexico City was all about Red Bull and Renault power, with Max Verstappen quickest in both sessions before a complete shutdown.

Verstappen, the defending Mexican Grand Prix champion, was ready for the weekend to begin.

The Iceman (and winner of the United States GP) cometh…

Pierre Gasly is facing a grid penalty after Honda reverted to an older spec engine ahead of the Mexican race weekend.

Fernando Alonso watched on as Lando Norris drove his MCL33 in FP1.

Mercedes’ verdict after the first run…

Daniel Ricciardo led the way halfway through FP1 with a 1:17.932, which put him a tenth up on team-mate Max Verstappen.

It was, however, Verstappen who finished quickest of all with a 1:16.656.

Sebastian Vettel was a disappointing P7 as Ferrari trialled different floors in first practice.

Rain is forecast in Mexico City over the course of the weekend, but still no sign of it as FP2 got underway on Friday afternoon.

30 minutes into FP2, it was still Max Verstappen and Red Bull setting the standard out in front.

And they just got quicker and quicker in Mexico City. Renault power looking very good indeed in high altitude conditions.

Not everyone with Renault power was having a good time though…

And neither was Verstappen, who suffered a sudden shutdown in power.

Follow all the latest action from the Mexican Grand Prix via the PlanetF1 race hub.