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  1. Rosberg fastest in second practice, Hamilton fourth
  2. Bottas suffers high-speed crash, Hamilton spins, Grosjean out
  3. Verstappen crashes on first lap after being fastest in first practice
  4. Slippery new track surface causing problems for drivers
  5. Rosberg's rear brakes catch fire in FP1

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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From Max Verstappen's early crash to various other spins and stops, that was a pretty eventful second practice session. You can read about it all in Andrew Benson's report here.

We are pretty much done here so all that is really left for me to say is join us on Saturday at 15:30 GMT for final practice, followed by qualifying.

See you then.


Lewis Hamilton flew to LA, did a bit of wrestling and partied after winning his third world title, but he arrived in Mexico this week having not spoken to Nico Rosberg about their first-corner clash at the US GP. 

He has since said he does not plan to help his team-mate finish second.

David Coulthard believes the friendship between Hamilton and Rosberg has "spectacularly" broken down during their time together at Mercedes.

See what Coulthard has to say in full on the matter here.

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How many titles can Hamilton win?

#bbcf1 As many as Hamilton wants, he could beat Schumacher's record. As a driver, Hamilton is quite simply that good.

@BBCSport I like how people are saying @LewisHamilton will ONLY win 3. Just winning one is a massive achievement!! #bbcf1 #LH44

Pit to Fernando: "That was a good session, Fernando, we got through a lot. Thank you." #MexicoGP

Pit to Fernando: "That was a good session, Fernando, we got through a lot. Thank you." #MexicoGP

Red Bulls in the mix

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in second practice then, but the Red Bulls are not far behind.

Daniil Kvyat, in second, was just two tenths of a second off Rosberg's best time, with Daniel Ricciardo three tenths of a second off.

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Alonso 8th and Button 9th. Wow that new engine is working after all #bbcf1

FP2 result


FP2 top 10

Formula 1

Chequered flag

Nico Rosberg (1:21.531) finishes fastest in second practice for the Mexican Grand Prix.

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"Tyres are already destroyed," Valtteri Bottas, on inters, reports. Fernando Alonso has had enough, bringing his McLaren back to the pits and climbing out. 

One minute remaining...

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How many more titles will Hamilton win?

#bbcf1 Probably only 3, Ferrari will overtake Mercedes next year in terms of development and then, who knows in 2017

Fernando Alonso pops back out with intermediate tyres on for the final few minutes of the session. Lewis Hamilton has done likewise, as has Felipe Massa, who is told he has enough time for three more timed laps.

Eight minutes to go in second practice and the umbrellas are going up in the stands. Carlos Sainz locks up and goes straight on at the first corner, prompting other drivers to take it easy as the conditions change.

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We've been asking throughout practice how many titles you think Lewis Hamilton can go on to win after claiming his third on Sunday.

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Jenson Button is informed that rain is still expected to arrive before the end of the session, with Turn 6 the first corner expected to get wet.

Button, meanwhile, is ninth fastest with 1:23.109, three tenths of a second slower than Fernando Alonso in eighth.

Some spots of rain on the cameras. Meanwhile, in Austin...

“@Speedcaster: Here is view from the camera at @circuitamericas now. ” Conditions in Mexico not easy: could be worse

“@Speedcaster: Here is view from the camera at @circuitamericas now. ” Conditions in Mexico not easy: could be worse

As it stands

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With 15 minutes left, it looks like Nico Rosberg is likely to end FP2 with the fastest time (1:21.531), with the drivers embarking on their long-run practice at the moment.

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By the way, if you are not already listening, Jolyon Palmer is giving some great driver insight on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

Rain coming

Drivers are being told of some rain forecast for around 10 minutes, so the track is getting busy as teams look to get as much running in as they can in the current conditions.

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Go! Go! Go!

Romain Grosjean helps the marshals wheel away his Lotus and we are back under way with 23 minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, replays show the pit entry bollard skimming across the track after Valtteri Bottas' late decision to head in sees him drive his Williams into it. Out scampers a marshal to recover the bollard while the red flag is out.

Romain Grosjean pulled off the circuit in the esses section. He reports a problem with clutch before climbing out and having a look at the rear of his Lotus.

Red flag

Red flag and it is for Romain Grosjean's Lotus...

Teams report that the wettest part of the track is between Turn 1 and Turn 6. Still only light rain #MexicoGP #FP2

Teams report that the wettest part of the track is between Turn 1 and Turn 6. Still only light rain #MexicoGP #FP2

Jenson Button is back out on the medium tyre. He has some catching up to do on the rest of the field, having spent much of this session back in the McLaren garage.

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It may not be high-tech, but cutting holes into the car appears to be doing the business as Red Bull muscle in between the two Mercedes on the timesheet.

Daniil Kvyat goes second fastest - just 0.2s off Nico Rosberg's time - with Daniel Ricciardo third fastest. 

It's only light at the moment, but rain has started coming down at @autodromohr #MexicanGP #FP2

It's only light at the moment, but rain has started coming down at @autodromohr #MexicanGP #FP2

We saw Nico Rosberg suffer from the effect high altitude has on the brakes in first practice, with the thin air making it harder to keep them cool and Mercedes blast cool air into the wheels as soon as Rosberg and Hamilton return to the pits in an effort to keep the temperatures down.

Meanwhile, Red Bull are combating the overheating by cutting some holes in their cars. 

Quite amazing to think such a basic method is utilised in then high-tech world of F1...

Encouraging stuff for McLaren with Fernando Alonso sixth fastest on his soft tyre run, just two tenths of a second down on Valtteri Bottas' best effort in the Williams.

Still no lap-time for Jenson Button, however, who has managed just two exploratory laps in this session.

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Mexico celebrates their annual Day of the Dead holiday this weekend, and the marshals are clearly getting into spirit of things...

Nico Rosberg reclaims P1 with a 1:21.531 - 0.403s faster than Lewis Hamilton's best effort. Behind the Mercedes, Ferrari lead the best of the rest with Sebastian Vettel third and Kimi Raikkonen fourth. They are around 0.8s slower than the Mercedes pair.

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Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"The innovative ‘stadium’ section has drawn praise, even if the very low-grip new surface was not massively popular with the drivers in first practice. The parkland setting makes the location look quite attractive on television - the circuit snakes through verdant surroundings with a mountainous backdrop, with even the famous Popocatepetl volcano visible to the south-east - belying the traffic chaos and urban sprawl outside."

That stadium section captures the atmosphere superbly as each time a car weaves its way through that twisting section of the circuit you can hear the loud cheers from the fans in the stands.

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have joined the yellow-walled tyre party and they immediately brings about a sense of familiarity to practice by going first and second fastest respectively. Hamilton went top with a 1:21.961, with Rosberg three tenths of a second slower.

Seven drivers have got the soft tyres bolted on, Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean among them included and they are currently second and third fastest respectively.