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Summary

  1. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo quickest in second practice
  2. Lewis Hamilton second, Max Verstappen third & Sebastian Vettel fourth
  3. Valtteri Bottas fastest in first practice at Mexico City track
  4. Hamilton could secure title on Sunday - needs to finish fifth
  5. Saturday: Third practice 15:55-17:05; Qualifying 18:55-20:05

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Back tomorrow

    And that is all for today.

    We will be back at 15:30 BST on Saturday for the third practice session and we hope you can join us again.

    Thanks for joining us, have a good night and see you tomorrow.

  2. Hamilton wants 'right way' to win title

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton says he wants to clinch his fourth world title "the right way" by winning Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix.

    The Mercedes driver needs only to finish fifth in Mexico City, even if rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari wins the race.

    "I want to show what I'm capable of in every race," said the 32-year-old Briton.

    "I have no desire to finish fifth and win the championship while someone else stands on the top step."

    He added: "The dream would be to stand on the top step having won the championship."

  3. Ricciardo beats Hamilton in second practice

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo headed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in a closely contested second practice at the Mexican Grand Prix.

    Ricciardo was 0.131 seconds quicker than Hamilton, who had a spin early in the session, with Max Verstappen's Red Bull ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

    Vettel was only 0.032secs off Hamilton as the Ferrari driver clings to his fading title hopes.

    Hamilton needs only to finish fifth on Sunday to clinch a fourth championship.

    The Briton had appeared to be struggling early on, his spin early in the second session following his being nearly 0.5secs slower than Bottas in the first.

    But he ended the session 0.3secs quicker than Bottas and with an impressively quick race-simulation run in the second part of the session.

  4. 'We need to find a bit more'

    Daniel Ricciardo, the fastest man in session two, tells Sky Sports: "It is always nice to top a session, we know Mercedes have more on Saturday and we will need to find a bit more and we can still improve a few things.

    "So far it looks all OK, and it is going to be pretty close this weekend."

    Asked if he expects to face any grid penalties, Ricciardo answers: "No, unless something goes wrong. If she keeps ticking over, we will keep her in."

  5. Post update

    These are the stats you need to know and a few stats you probably don't need to know.

    Times
  6. Get Involved #bbcf1

    Who is your favourite Formula 1 driver of all time and why?

    Howard Martin: Graham Hill - of his time and I always felt he should really be flying Spitfires!

    Monkey •D• Jiggy: Michael Schumacher, because he was the best and because he was by far the most ruthless driver of all time. #bbcf1

    Jon: Ayrton Senna , watching him race in the wet weather was unreal,

    Mexican Grand Prix
  7. The bottom 10

    Bottom 10
  8. The final standings

    And this is it. This is how they finished. Lewis Hamilton was second in free practice one, and did the same in free practice two.

    Final standings
  9. Good day for Red Bull

    It is a very happy Red Bull team tonight. They have had two wins this season - Daniel Ricciardo in Azerbaijan and Max Verstappen in Malaysia.

    Can they make it their third of the year on Sunday?

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  10. 'Red Bull the men to beat'

    Mark Gallagher

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    It's been very exciting. Red Bull look like the men to beat this weekend.

    Mercedes look like they might have some grip issues, and then there's Vettel and Raikkonen in contention, so we should see six drivers and three teams going for it on Sunday.

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    #bbcf1

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Another great afternoon. Ricciardo being the fastest man and with a track record lap.

  12. BreakingRicciardo fastest, Hamilton second

    That is the end of free practice two and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is the quickest.

    Lewis Hamilton spun earlier in the second session but is second fastest.

    Mexican Grand Prix
  13. Post update

    Four minutes of the session left, Daniel Ricciardo is the fastest man so far with a time of 1:17.801.

    Daniel Ricciardo
  14. Post update

    "Feel something strange at the end of the straight line," is the latest of messages from Brendon Hartley, who will be quite happy with his day's work as he is 13th quickest.

    One of the others out on the track is Fernando Alonso. He goes well off the track and ends up cutting a large corner. Let's hope he doesn't do that on Sunday or we could have more controversy, just like we did with Max Verstappen last week.

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  15. Hamilton's remarkable season

    Mark Gallagher

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    Bullet-proof reliability and consistency from his Mercedes car and a string of sterling performances from Lewis.

    Not having to win the race or even finish in the podium shows what a remarkable season he's had.

  16. The rest of this weekend...

    A reminder of some times to look out for for the rest of the weekend.

    • Third practice (Saturday) 16:00 BST to 17:00 BST
    • Qualifying (Saturday) 19:00 BST to 20:00 BST
    • Race (Sunday) 19:00 GMT to 21:00 GMT

    As always we will be with you every step of the way.

  17. 'Plenty of enthusiasm'

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator in Mexico City

    It's good to see so many people here for a Friday afternoon. There's plenty of enthusiasm for Formula 1 in Mexico and, of course, they have a couple of local stars which helps.

  18. And the bottom 10

    Bottom 10
  19. How they stand

    We haven't seen much moment in this graphic for a while. Fifteen minutes left for things to change.

    Formula 1
  20. Must do better...

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Brendon Hartley made a complete hash of his starting practice. He is clearly not confident yet about getting off the line and I would expect to see a few more practices before the end of the session.