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Summary

  1. Vettel fastest in second practice, Hamilton top in first session
  2. Final practice at 16:00 BST; qualifying at 19:00
  3. Rosberg can win the title this weekend

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By Gary Rose

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So who will be happiest in Mexico this time tomorrow?

There wasn't much to take from today's practice sessions but you get the feeling tomorrow will be a whole different ballgame. 

Join us for third practice tomorrow at 15:30 BST. See you then.

Ferrari revival favours Hamilton?

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

If Ferrari are in the mix at the front on Sunday, it would be unexpected after a difficult season for the Italian team, but it could play into Hamilton's hands.  

Because Rosberg has such an advantage, Hamilton ideally needs him to finish below the podium positions. If Hamilton won with Rosberg lower than third, the Briton would be able to control the championship - two wins in the final two races would be enough, even without any further problems for the other Mercedes. 

Read more in Andrew Benson's second practice report

When was the last time Ferrari were quickest on a Friday? Feels like a long, long time ago. I'd love to get my hopes up for a challenge tomorrow, but you just know Mercedes have more in hand. How much more is the question, though.

Ferrari challenge on the cards?

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Let's hope it bodes well for Ferrari. They are still developing their car and there are lots of reasons why we want to see them up at the front as long as it doesn't hamper their development for next season.

Supersoft does seem to have a notable speed advantage here so far: might be tricky to get through Q2 on soft. But let’s see… #F1

FP2 result

12) Button 13) Massa 14) Magnussen 15) Perez 16) Palmer 17) Wehrlein 18) Ericsson 19) Nasr 20) Grosjean 21) Ocon 22) Gutierrez

FP2 result

1) Vettel 2) Hamilton 3) Rosberg 4) Raikkonen 5) Ricciardo 6) Hulkenberg 7) Verstappen 8) Bottas 9) Sainz 10) Alonso 11) Kvyat

Just as the flag falls, Daniil Kvyat grinds to a halt at the entrance to the pitlane. "I lost power," he says.

Daniil Kvyat
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Chequered flag

Sebastian Vettel finishes quickest in second practice for the Mexican Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel
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Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

What the drivers haven't done is their long runs on the same compound of tyre at the same time. That is what I think Pirelli were alluding to when they suggested it was inconclusive. 

Kimi Raikkonen finally gets what he wants as he does a practice start at the end of the pit lane. 

Three minutes left of the session.

It’s not easy to draw too many firm conclusions from this session. But with more rubber on the track, we’ll have a better idea tomorrow.

One of the other strategy factors to consider here is that it’s a very long pit lane: time loss in the pits is in the region of 25 seconds.

Into the final eight minutes and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are lapping on different compounds. Hamilton has softs on while Rosberg is on mediums.

We saw part of Felipe Nasr front wing shatter after clattering over the kerbs in first practice, and Nico Rosberg is worried he has done something similar.

"Check the front wing because of kerb strike," he says. 

Looks like no damage done, though.

Felipe Nasr
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I'll tell you who doesn't like Friday long runs, Kimi Raikkonen.

"I'd rather do starts than just drive around," he says. "If you really want I can keep driving round but I'll learn nothing."

Fernando Alonso is done for the day as he strolls back to the McLaren motorhome, a contented smile on his face.

Fernando's out of the car, his #FP2 session is complete. As always, he gets in from the left and out on the right.… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…

Romain Grosjean doesn't appear to be having any further issues as he finally gets in a timed lap. He does a 1:22.105 to go P20.

Fifteen minutes to go.

"What an idiot," complains Sebastian Vettel as he gets held up in traffic. The target of his ire? Fernando Alonso. 

The Spaniard won't like that.

🔎 Look at the graining on those tyres... #MexicoGP 🇲🇽 #FP2

🔎 Look at the graining on those tyres... #MexicoGP 🇲🇽 #FP2

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#bbcf1 Corpse corner at Frankenstone...

#bbcf1 Corpse corner at Frankenstone...

Or Silverbone...

Busy on track for the last 30 mins of #FP2. All 22 cars circulating now.

Busy on track for the last 30 mins of #FP2. All 22 cars circulating now.

The super-softs have come off most of the front-running cars with Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg on mediums, while Kimi Raikkonen is on softs.

And out he goes.

And he's made it out on track with 25 mins left in the session 👌 #MexicoGP #FP2 🇲🇽

And he's made it out on track with 25 mins left in the session 👌 #MexicoGP #FP2 🇲🇽

Hang on, it might not be session over for Romain Grosjean. Not only is he back in the Haas garage, but he is also strapped in the car and ready to go. He could be out soon after an earlier electrical problem.

Contrasting moods in the Mercedes cockpits, at least when it comes to practice starts. Lewis Hamilton does one, which he describes as perfect, but Nico Rosberg isn't happy with his. "I want to do another," he says. "That one felt under-engaged."

Speaking of Romain Grosjean, is the session over before it even began? He hasn't set a time yet because of an electrical problem and he is walking away from the Haas garage, shaking his head in frustration.

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Romain Groanjean #scaryF1drivers #bbcf1

I think this one could be applied any time of the year, not just Halloween... 

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

If Ferrari are in the mix, then that actually helps Lewis Hamilton. If they can get up there and get in between the Mercedes then that will be good for Lewis from a championship point of view.

Team radio

Carlos Sainz about Kevin Magnussen: "This guy has no brain - it's clear."